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Galapagos Alternative

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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About Galapagos Alternative
At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour packages. We offer unique experiences of the islands the way we see them: as locals. Choose the sights and activities most interesting to you, stay at local places, eat at local restaurants, and of course, get up-close experiences with the amazing animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. We can help you find the best options to fit your timeframe, budget and preferences. We can help with all aspects of your trip, from booking unique accommodations to daily activities and transport between the islands. We are Jill and Javier Moreno, and we'd like to welcome you to our home. We look forward to treating you like family, showing you our favorite places, and ensuring that you have the experience of a lifetime in the amazing and beautiful Galapagos!
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karen H wrote a review Mar 2020
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Galapagos Alternative setup a perfect 3day trip of Quito and Cotopaxi. Sabine was our Galapagos Alternative agent who did such an outstanding job of every connection during our stay. Really can’t say enough good things about Sabine and the job she did for our party of 4. Starting from the arrival in Quito at 11:45pm at Mariscal Sucre International Airport where we were picked up by Ivan our driver and Quito tour guide for the following morning. Ikala Hotel Quito was superb in comfort, cleanliness, hospitality and dining. The tour of the city was given by Ivan and the driver was Angel that was all entertaining, efficient and interesting. The following day we toured Cotopaxi that was given by Luis. It was a 2hr drive to the parking lot by the entire way we were given detailed information about the surrounding areas and how to prepare for the altitude of 5,000meters. It was a beautiful trip and a wonderful lunch. The last day in Quito was a free day that we enjoyed by visiting the museums. Two nights we dined at Achiole Ecuador Cuisine that was recommended by Ikala Hotel that was delightful. The morning we departed we were picked up promptly at 5:45am and arrived at the airport in plenty of time and well informed to depart to Baltra. Thanks Galapagos Alternative for everything!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Cheryl M wrote a review Feb 2020
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As others stated, this was a trip of a lifetime for us. Every day added a new adventure on top of the previous days. Highlights for us were snorkeling the tunnels, Kicker Rock, North Seymour and Bartolome. Oh, and the charming sea lions in San Cristobal. The accommodations were fine and the guides were very helpful. I liked that the guides were flexible and we could adjust tours, as needed. I am so glad we did a land-based tour, rather than a cruise.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brenda R wrote a review Feb 2020
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My husband and I have travelled a lot; this was, without a doubt, the most incredible trip we have ever done. From the moment we arrived at the airport on Baltra Island until we left a week later, everyone took such amazing care of us and all the details. Every one of our excursions was memorable, the guides were knowledgeable, personable and enthusiastic. They made sure that we had a positive experience and saw all that we could. We were very impressed with their concern and respect for the animals, reptiles, flora and indeed the entire ecosystem in their beautiful Islands. Special shout out to Federico (Highlands of Santa Cruz) and Emilie (our contact person and provider of excellent snorkelling gear on Isabela Island). And lastly, sweet Sabine! She was extraordinary in her planning of our excursions to North Seymour Island, Santa Cruz and Isabela. She was so welcoming and helpful; we simply cannot thank her enough for her guidance and knowledge of the things that we had to see and do. We will absolutely recommend her and the GA team to friends and family that might have the Galápagos Islands on their bucket list.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative
Responded Feb 19, 2020
WOW! We are very flattered to know that we were in-part responsible for making this the most amazing experience yet for you. We can't take credit for the amazing animals but we are pleased we could get in the right place at the right time and with the right people. : ) Thanks for the kind praise. We love sharing this magical place. The highest complement is recommending us to others. Thank you!
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magnumpi032003 wrote a review Feb 2020
Daphne, Alabama30 contributions
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First, This was one the best adventure of our lifetime, and we’ve been fortunate to go to Spain, Jamaica, many areas in Mexico. Galapagos, Santa Cruz and Galapagos Alternative tops all of them. They take care of you from when you arrive at the airport until you get on the plane to leave. If you or anyone you know is deciding to take a trip be sure to contact Galopagos Alternative. Next, We stayed at Monte mar villas Coffee plantation which is a migration pathway for the Giant tortoises, and the wonderful Reyna with her incredible Chefs that will take great care of you. I got to do a coffee tasting, and a tour of her eco-friendly farm. Next, We took some snorkeling tours which were amazing, and to swim up to Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, Reef Sharks, and all kinds of beautiful fish was an experience one can’t describe in a review, but only actually doing it will work, Also, We took a Foodie tour which I thought was a great experience, because you get to go around to 5 different Restaurants, and try Galopagos food with a farm to table experience. One of our best Restaurants in Galopagos Sante Cruz was Anker Restaurant. A farm to table restaurant that has some of the best Chefs and service on the island that you can’t find anywhere else. Finally, again It’s hard to to describe the amazing experience in a short review with out actually doing it, so I say “what are YOU waiting on”? Also, A special thanks to Karina Galopagos Alternative, Reyna and her amazing chefs at Monte mar Villas, David our guide, Freddy the driver who was always on time, Anker Restaurant and the Chefs, Sante Cruz Brewery and that wonderful Galopagos beef. Until next time Galapagos! Best Regards, John and Holly Robertson
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Pamela B wrote a review Feb 2020
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Just returned from 12 days in the Galapagos. I have to say that if you are planning a trip here, there is simply no other tour company that can compare to this one. They listen to your wants and desires and will customize a trip based on exactly what you are wanting to see and do. And they keep in mind your budget, while making fun and interesting suggestions on local and cultural activities as well. We were greeted like friends at the beginning of our journey, but left feeling like family. They leave nothing to chance, every detail is taken care of so we just got to go out and enjoy the animals. The guides they have are wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. And the animals encounters are pure heaven. This really is a trip of a life time and these are the guys to book it with!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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