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Galapagos and buenos aires?

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Galapagos and buenos aires?

Hi just starting to plan our trip and thinking about seeing Galapagos and buenos aires. Is this even doable in a 2 week time period. Any suggestions as I have not done much research on the Galapagos. Is there a specific island that we can just stay on for a few nights and take

Day trips to other islands or is it better to do a cruise? The only concern of overnight cruises is motion sickness. Any advice would be greatly appreciates.

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1. Re: Galapagos and buenos aires?

In my opinion its better to do a cruise but if you want to do day trips you should stay in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island (flying to Baltra). If you check the top questions on the right hand side of the page, you will find links to the arguments on cruise v land based.

To get to Galapagos you first need to fly to either Quito or Guayaquil, normally overnight there and then get a morning flight to the islands. You can get to Buenos aires from either Guayaquil or Quito although if you want sensible flight times you should stay the night and get the direct flight in the morning.

There is more to see near Quito if you intend to stay there on the way but flights to Galapagos all go via Guayaquil so if you are just overnighting then that might make more sense - especially as the new Quito airport is some distance from the hotels.

Unless you have to do these 2 trips in one, it might make more sense to combine the Galapagos with a visit to mainland Ecuador since you have to break your journey there anyway. Galapagos is often paired with the Amazon or Machu Picchu. Any agent in Quito should be able to put together some proposals for you and arrange all the transfers.

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2. Re: Galapagos and buenos aires?

Read the Top Questions on the right. I agree that a cruise would be better so you get to the more remote and uninhabited islands that Galapagos is famous for, assuming you take a week's cruise. If you think you can't get seasick on a two hour motorboat ride to one of the day-trip islands, think again. A cruise would afford you the time and ability to acclimate your inner ear sufficiently. The open-water crossings are usually done at night while you're asleep. Besides, there are so many effective preventatives on the market that motion sickness shouldn't really be an issue.

Getting to Buenos Aires: you will probably have to plan an overnight somewhere. Guayaquil would probably be better as LAN has a direct flight from Guayaquil to Buenos Aires. It seems to originate in Quito with a stop in GYE to pick up more passengers. It's not a long flight and would get you to BsAs in late afternoon so you have time to check in to your hotel and take a stroll to pick out a restaurant to eat at.

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