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day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

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day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

I emailed my hotel to see if they could pre book 3 of us for North Seymour and Bartolome for

Oct 24th and 25th. They just emailed back and said the boats were all full. Is this possible?

Now I'm stressing out as I assumed we could just book them when we got there.. help :(

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1. Re: day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

Both are very popular with the day-tripping crowd, so it's possible they're sold out though it seems a "funny" time of year for that. Instead of your hotel, try a local agency like Moonrise Travel.

If you were trying to save money booking last minute, you have discovered the perils of that tactic. It pays to stay very flexible and not have your heart set on a particular itinerary.

Vancouver
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2. Re: day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

ok, I've emailed Moonrise, thanks for the tip. She did say they were sold out to the travel agencies. Could

that possibly mean they were trying to book direct and there still would be room available once we arrived?

Didn't expect to save money, just thought it was a slow time of the year and we could "wing it" once we got there.

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3. Re: day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

Our family of five (parents+3 kids) had the BEST experience with GalapagosOptions.com customer service and day tours.

We booked 2 day trips with them in advance (Seymour and Bartolome) over the internet before our visit to the islands on November 2017. We booked Seymour but because our flight had a long delay/canceled we missed it.

Leave yourself a day or two just in case you get flight problems.

We were devastated but GalapagosOptions.com were extremely understanding and gave us another day tour to Santa Fe instead and made sure we had a good time. Seymour trip was sold out for the time we were there.

We are extremely grateful.

The guides on both day tours were nice, caring,knowledgeable and fluent in English.

The boats were luxurious and the crew of both trips was outstanding and accommodating to all our needs. Food and meals on boats were first class.

Everything was going smooth and according to schedule.

If we ever going to make another trip to the Galapagos Islands GalapagosOptions is the only option for us and we highly recommend them.

Seymour is in high demand so if you have a short stay in the islands book in advance.

Have fun!

Ronit.

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5. Re: day trips from Puerto ayora all full?

Our experience with GalapagosOptions was far from good. We had booked in advance to go to North Seymour. The night before they told us that we were being switched to a SantaFe Cruz. It was terrible, crowded, no access to go ashore, really just a cattle car. It was a wasted day. They are very dishonest, don’t ruin your vacation, book elsewhere.

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