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Galapagos Natural Life - Day Tours
Ranked #8 of 68 Tours in Galapagos Islands
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Owner description: Galapagos Natural Life is a Ecuadorian Tourist Company founded in 2005, we have the best options for your galapagos trip.Our web site is update every week, you can review dates, itineraries, yachts and photos about our trips.We sell more than 70 yachts in galapagos island, we have options in luxury, first, superior, tourism and economic class.Our program Galapagos Island Hopping (Land Based Hotel)is another good option for visit galapagos island.We have jungle trip, daily tours to Otavalo Market, Middle of the world, Cotopaxy creter, Quilotoa Lake.
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We booked this 5 day 4 night cruise last minute through TerraDiversa. We got a great price, the crew was so much fun, the food outstanding, the rooms clean and comfortable and the itiniary was very diverse. There were many hikes and snorkeling activities each day. And our guide, Dario, was very knowledgeable and his english was very good. I would recommend this ship to anyone visiting the Galapagos Islands.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Words cannot adequately describe the remarkable environment of the Galapagos archipelago. We travelled on board a small (40 people) expedition ship named the Isabela II, run by Metropolitan Touring. The on-board naturalists were outstanding in their knowledge. Over eleven days, we visited and explored eight of the islands, each offering a unique ecology, dependant largely on their age and stage of evolution. Beginning with an almost lifeless volcanic landscape, a mere 1.5 million years old, and progressing through the establishment of plant and animal life on older islands, Darwin's theories were illustrated in a way that books or documentaries can never fully achieve. If you ever get the opportunity, go.

Thank Dave S
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

There is probably not much to add to others reviews of these trips. The combination of Lindblad and National Geo is hard to beat. Everything is well planned and executed. There were 4 professional photographers on our trip who provided instruction and assistance. So, we all took way too many pictures but it was great fun.
This is a cruise on a 95 passenger vessel but you are only on the boat for meals and sleeping. Otherwise, you are snorkeling or hiking and taking pictures. In addition to great flora and fauna, much of which can be found no where else, this trip attracts many very interesting people. Since all meals are open seating, you have the chance to meet a significant number of the passengers.
This is a trip for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you are looking for a luxury cruise, this is probably not for you. We thoroughly enjoyed it and plan on going on other Lindblad-National Geo trips.

6  Thank David T
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

During the first week of December 2012 we took a 9 night trip to Quito and the Galapagos, arranged by General Tours. The trip started with 2 nights in Quito at the Swissotel (very very nice), during the one day we were taken on an excellent city tour of Quito by Henry capped off by a super dinner at the Theatrum(?). We found Quito to be charming. On our third morning we were taken to the Quito airport by Maria of GT and she stayed with us to help navigate through the various stations reqired to go to the Galapagos, which might have been a little overwhelming if we had to do it alone. After arriving in Baltra we were taken to a Zodiac raftboat to be taken out to the Galapagos Explorer II, a 100 passenger (the limit), 70 crew ship. Unlike other ships in the Galapagos, it is the only only one with all outside suites. We found our suite (the lowest price category) to be smaller than we had envisioned, but it was very adequate and comfortable. The week we went there were only 48 passengers with the 70 crew, so we were made to feel like royalty. The food was great-- a breakfast and lavish lunch buffet every day, then a formal sit down dinner. Prior to dinner each evening there was a happy hour party on the jacuzzi deck followed by about a 15 minute presentation by the naturalist on what we would be doing the next day and how to prepare. They tried to have a few after dinner parties, but everyone was just too pooped, so they fizzled. So during the 7 day, 6 night cruise we stopped 11 times on 8 different islands. Each island is different than another as to what it has to offer, both flora and fauna. We were always Zodiaced in, with a few wet beach landings where you jumped off into water no higher than your knees. It really made us feel like we were on an adventure. On land we saw the giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, small penguins and numerous species of exotic birds, particularly the famous blue footed boobies. They all have no fear of humans and we got up within a few feet of them to get some postcard quality photos and video. There was always some hiking and/or climbing to see the land sights led by a very informative naturalist, but the pace was always kept slow for the less fit to keep up (like me). There were several opportunities to snorkel and in the water there were tons of beautiful fish, sea turtles, marine iguanas and sometimes a sea lion or two. One day the ship took nonsnorkelers out in a glass bottom boat which was great. The water was about 65 degrees, so even with the shorty wetsuits you can rent from the ship, it was chilly, particularly for the extremeties. There were several opportunities to just veg out on beautiful beaches. At the end of the trip wee were flown back to Quito for one more night at the Swissotel to gather ourselves for the long flights home. Overall, we had one of the great travel experiences of our lifetime.

4  Thank cpascott1
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

My friend and I did a 6 day trip of Galapagos on Archipell (II?). The boat and crew were awesome. The food was great. Diving off the roof- about 5 metres- and swiming with sharks and sea creatures was all great. One thing ruined it. A guide named Ivan. There were only 2 of us guys on board (as guests) the rest were female. Ivan started working on a single mum who was there with her young son. His hand wandered over to her knee while he was talking with us about the next days events. This sounds really prude I guess, but I was disgusted more so be cause he showed zero patience or politeness to us guys but was all smiles and plenty of time for the girls. I want to puke. We were treated like a cancer on his side- his competition for scoring a girl. We lost interest in this person fairly soon and couldn't stand the dribble he displayed, so he got no tips from us at the end. We tipped the crew tho. I have since heard stories of guides doing the same thing and hassling girls and pissing off the guys. Beware too, if you're blonde entering dark haired countries such as South and Central America. A rare beauty to them.

3  Thank Marty M
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