Smart Galapagos
Smart Galapagos
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Multi-day ToursScuba & SnorkellingShark DivingBoat ToursPrivate ToursNature & Wildlife ToursKayaking & Canoeing
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A Smart experience unlike any other. Carefully crafted island-hopping itineraries to explore the magic of Galapagos as a local. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE We are a local DMC specialized on the Galapagos Islands and Cuyabeno. Working only with the best local suppliers, the income from tourism goes directly to locals and not big international companies. You enjoy this paradise and we plant some trees!
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023
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(25 reviews)

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Fernanda P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Such a great level of care to give me and my friends the most wonderfull travel experience. Since the pre-travel organization Juan Pablo capture what we wanted and give us more. We went to the Galapagos Islands and the amazonian( Cuyabeno). The companies, and tour guides were not only very experienced and fun, but actually care of giving us the most posible chance to see the all the animals and check list items as posible.
Every day Juan Pablo message us to check in if everything was ok, and attend to our demands of recomendations. From Were to gave great meal to list of things to do in our free time.

If you enjoy eco tourism and be connected to nature, I very much recommend smart Galapagos.
Written August 12, 2021
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Maria
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I was on the fence at the beginning, but it was ultimately a great trip. Firstly, you should be aware that what you’re getting is an itinerary, with most of it (lodging, some dinners, most transfers, some tours) paid for up front. In other words, you don’t have a guide throughout, and you don’t see the same guide twice. That said, if you want to save time and be assured that you get the best of the Galapagos, this is a great option.

Although Juan is in Quito, he went above and beyond to be responsive and consistently available (though note that your only means of communication is wifi, which is very limited on the Galapagos. If you can, bring a data connected device or data plan - this isn’t a critique of this tour, because I’m not sure how else you’d stay in contact, but it can be stressful trying to connect to, for example, change a meal time).

All in all, if you know what you’re getting and have realistic expectations, I’d recommend this. Our dinners and tours were great, and ultimately, you’re in the Galapagos - it will be a once in a lifetime experience. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that yes, you could certainly put together a comparable itinerary yourself, but my rough calculations showed that the mark up in price wasn’t too much from what we would have paid, and it was worth to know you got the most out of the islands.

Thank you, Juan Pablo!
Written February 21, 2023
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GoPlaces68067833859
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family (wife and two grown children) and I just returned from our trip to the Galapagos and I wanted to share our experiences. We booked our trip through Smart Galapagos after inquiring with several other companies. The service that was provided by Juan Pablo once we booked through him was beyond phenomenal! I can honestly say that through this experience I consider Juan Pablo a friend, which I do not say lightly. From the first time I communicated with him, he impressed me with his knowledge, friendliness, attention to detail, passion for the Galapagos and his resourcefulness, however, the most impressive thing of all was his ability to deliver! What separates him from others is that he is genuinely interested in your Galapagos experience and strives to accommodate you at every step of your trip. You can't find a better person to assist you in making your dream trip a reality. This is one of those cases where you can truly believe all of the wonderful things that other customers have written about Juan Pablo and Smart Galapagos, he is absolutely the BEST!!!! Now about our experience: First, the Galapagos is an amazing destination with an abundance of wildlife, activities and very friendly people; we were impressed with their commitment to preserving their unique ecosystem. We did a combination 4-day cruise (4 islands) with a 6-day land (2 islands) tour. I would highly recommend a combination tour because of the diversity of the islands and the fact that you get to see so much. We liked aspects of every island we visited, but there were certainly some that we enjoyed more. Our family particularly enjoyed Isabella (3 nights); you must do the Lava Tunnel tour and if up to it, I highly recommend biking to the Muro de las Lágrimas (Wall of Tears). The actual Wall of Tears is not the attraction, it is the wildlife, specifically the giant tortoises which I saw many of, including a faceoff between two large males; it was incredible. The city of Puerto Villamil is quaint and very enjoyable. We also had a great visit to Isla Floreana while on the cruise and saw flamingos, many sea turtles on the beach resting after nesting, and a great snorkeling experience. Our experience at Kicker Rock (San Cristobal) was not as good as many people report due to poor visibility, but that was simply Mother Nature. As towns go, we really liked Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) and I highly recommend Posada del mar Galápagos hotel; the rooms are very cozy, and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. They also have a common room with a kitchen and if you are into cooking, go buy a Red Scorpion Fish at the local fish market and cook a nice meal! I could go on and on about our visits, but the bottom line is that the Galapagos is a great place to visit and we highly recommend that you book through Smart Galapagos!
Written January 7, 2024
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k i
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We are very glad that we used Smart Galapagos as our travel agent. We chose Smart Galapagos initially because of the itinerary (which included things we were interested in doing/visiting - 8 days, 7 nights island hopping) and the price, which was way more friendly to our wallet than other tour companies. I am a person who gives a three star rating when I receive services that I expected. But I am giving Smart Galapagos five stars for their excellent and exceptional service and the hospitality of their local staff. We enjoyed our trouble free trip. We highly recommend Smart Galapagos and thank Juan Pable for all of his guidance.
Written November 1, 2023
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Catherine M
Paris, France27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Juan Pablo of Smart Galapagos organised a fantastic 8 day experience for my group of 4 friends. It could not have been better organised. The hotels were all comfortable with lovely, helpful staff and great views. The restaurants were always the best in town. We saw all the major sights on the three main islands and it all ran like clockwork. He got us great prices and made sure we had a lot of extras. He kept in touch with us constantly, making sure everything was perfect. Thank you, Juan Pablo ! What a great experience !
Written December 12, 2023
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Pyng
Singapore, Singapore21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Juan is great with helping us customise our trip to the Galapagos. The islands allow us a peek into paradise where man and animals of Galapagos coexist with mutual respect and in perfect harmony. In the short 7D we saw blue footed boobies, frigate birds, land and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, pink flamingos. We swam with giant sea turtles, black tipped reef sharks, family of Manta rays, sea horse, colourful schools of fish, sea lions n pups. We saw Galapagos penguins posing for us on the rocks as well as swimming in search of fish like mini torpedos with pelicans not too far behind. Juan is also very responsive in replying to our questions, the tour coordination is perfect in addition to excellent suggestions for places to eat. I strongly recommend SMART Galapagos as it is the smart way to travel.
Written May 30, 2023
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Globetrotter
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I book my cruise with Smart Galapagos and stayed in touch with Juan. He made me save on the cruise price and also went to pick me up at Quito Airport assisting me. He is a very kind and professional tour agent with a great command of English, which made communication super easy.

When my cruise was finished he contacted me being always very attentive and making sure I was having a great experience.

I would recommend Smart Galapagos to anybody! They provide a great service and do care about their customers and their experience in Galapagos and Ecuador! 100% trustworthy!
Written February 16, 2020
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Fernando P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We did the Galapagos Wisdom 6 day tours. Loved the lava tunnels. All tours were great! We got great guides that and really made the best of our visit. The agency was always obsessed with giving us the best guides, tours, infrastructure. We really felt the experience couldn’t have been better! Thanks!!!
Written April 18, 2022
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Sofia P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our trip to Galapagos was outstanding!
Juan Pablo took great care in choosing amazing restaurants for our meals, helping us choose excursions that we would enjoy and selecting hotels that were very comfortable, and in great locations.
He was very attentive to our needs and queries everyday. We were also very impressed with all his support team on the ground who were always on time, helpful and friendly. We loved the islands and would love to return one day!
Written August 30, 2023
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Daniele S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Juan and the team took care of us at every step, from the planning way before arrival to the day to day on the islands. The value of the tour was excellent, the day trips we took were all amazing, and Juan checked in with us every day to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and to see if there was anything else they could help us with. I'm recommending Smart Galapagos to everyone I know who wants to visit the islands.
Written April 26, 2022
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