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“Galapagos with Gate 1 Travel”

Galapagos Experience
Ranked #19 of 117 Tours in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Galapagos Experience specializes in top quality, established and tailor-made travel programs, combining high standard accommodation and personalized service with great natural, historical and cultural destinations. Our portfolio includes Galapagos cruises, diving, jungle tours, highlands and bird watching tours. We are the exclusive representatives of the M/Y Samba Galapagos which is a Tourist Superior Class yacht.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Galapagos with Gate 1 Travel”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is our 8th trip with Gate 1! Spent four days, three night at Finch Bay Eco Resort! It was fabulous! Three meals a day (dinner was gourmet)! We had a private yacht for only 12 people each day! Hiking and snorkeling were great, Mario, our Eco guide was fabulous! Spent two days in Quito as well and was pleasantly surprised with the city! Best value and quality is always with Gate 1 Travel!

Visited November 2013
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Freeport, Il
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47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“interesting experience.”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

We traveled with OAT for our trip to the Galapagos and Quito. We had a varied experience. About 3 days in Quito, 3 days in the jungle and then a week on a small boat (16 passengers + crew) Personally I felt the week on the ship was 2 days too long. We stayed in Quito and then went into the jungle, returned to Quito, went on the ship and then returned to Quito. If you have a problem with sea sickness have the doctor give you a patch. I didn't believe I had a problem but had a rather unpleasant time with the motion sickness. There was a lot of activity , we got off the boat and went to an island, returned to the boat, had lunch, and then went on another excursion to another island. Saw many wonderful animals, birds etc esp. the tortoises, and blue-footed boobies. Not for the faint of heart as we were very busy all the time. Crew on the boat was fabulous.

Visited May 2013
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Bristol
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Llama travel tour of Equador and the Galapagos Islands”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Have wanted to visit the Galapagos since I first read about them 40 years ago. An experience not to be missed! The islands and all they offer, are magnificent. The wildlife experience superb, especially on the small boat, 'The Monserrat'., max 14 guests, with access to small coves and hidden volcanic gems. Breathtaking!
Tour of Equador, starting in Quito, then traveling down the spine of the Andes was fantastic. From the small market, to the Devil's Nose railway, Mount Chimborazo and Cuenca. Maria our guide (a first for us), was brilliant as were Annie and Paul, our fellow travelers.
We're definitely going to South America again. Perhaps Argentina and Patagonia next trip.

Visited March 2013
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Carmel. CA
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Visiting Ecuador - the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

In November 2012 we visited Ecuador and experienced the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon on the Rio Napo. Before going I was worried about the flight to the Amazon. Would we fly on some old prop type plane? No, we flew into Coca on a new 707 jet. We were transported by motorized canoe to the lovely Yachana Lodge. We never saw a mosquito. So I don't think malaria pills are necessary in November. The temperature was very mild, not hot. The lodge had a generator, with electricity available most of the day so you could charge your batteries and dry your hair. The second part of the trip was a week stay in the Galapagos on the Tip Top III. Again we flew to the Galapagos on a new 707 jet. At the Quito airport we were able to purchase the perfect sunhats for the Galapagos from a vendor for $10. The boat had 12 attractive cabins that had hair dryers and room safes. The food was plentiful and good, not great. In October these islands are affected by the cold Humboldt current that comes up from Chile. The outside temperature is very pleasant, about 75 degrees, but the water is cold. The Tip Top III rents wet suits by the week for about $75. The ocean can be rough at this time of year, but only when you are outside in the open ocean. On our last night, the boat did go into the open ocean. I was glad I had the seasick patch. We did this trip with Overseas Adventure Travel. It was a fabulous trip and our guides were outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic Nature Experience”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We booked our cruise in Quito and paid about 40% of the prices to book from Colorado. Unless you have motion sickness issues ( only an issue in the hour or two at night traveling between islands) , think small boat (8- 24 passenger). Our naturalist was knowledgeable but not personable. Perhaps larger ships would be better but it also may be just luck.

The intimacy and wildness of nature is the big attraction and the small group made that better. The birds have no fear of people. The shark snorkeling was memorable! The 60 person ships overrun the sights.

We chose the "Archipel". The meals were good, not great. The snacks (after snorkeling) were great. Charging 15$ weekly rental for a wet suit was ticky-tacky.

Visited June 2013
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