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“Transported to the miracles of the Galapagos Islands in a luxury floating hotel with charming, knowledgeable guides .”

Darwin & Wolf Islands
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Owner description: Wolf and Darwin Islands, sometimes called Wenman and Culpepper, are two eroded volcanos located on a volcanic ridge.
Brisbane
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Transported to the miracles of the Galapagos Islands in a luxury floating hotel with charming, knowledgeable guides .”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

This was the trip of a lifetime for our party of five and we agreed that the Isabela II enhanced our experience. We would have enjoyed the wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos if we'd been stuck in an old tug but the crew, facilities and ambience of the Isabela II made the tour all the more enjoyable. The cabins were far bigger than we expected. The sun deck (with plenty of shade) was a perfect spot for relaxing after a day's sightseeing. The meals were all superb. And the guides all seemed to have graduated from the David Attenborough College of wildlife knowledge and charm. We will always remember snorkelling at the foot of cliffs in a sea populated by torpedoing penguins, inquisitive, performing sea lions and unflappable giant turtles.

Visited May 2011
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New York
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“Once in a Lifetime!”
Reviewed April 20, 2010

This by far was the best thing I did in Ecuador. It's more expensive for non-Ecuadorians to get there, and the park fees are more expensive, but it is worth it.

You can easily arrange a flight from Quito via Tame airlines, again more expensive for non-Ecuadorians.

Bring lots of film or batteries for your cameras. Be mindful of the natural habitats, you will be in pristine areas. Do you best to not disturb anything. (as a side note, on a tour a group of Italian tourists were horrible, stealing items from the park, stepping off the trail and damaging bones and other things. The tour guide was wary to say anything because he relied on tips. So do your best to preserve the habitat and not be a rude tourist

There is lots of walking, so bring your good walking / climbing shoes. On our tour, we were able to swim in the ocean at one of the beaches. It was great, there were sea lions all over the place that would just swim up to you and say hello.

Binoculars are also useful for all of the various wildlife that you will see. If given the chance, spend as much time here as you can!

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Jackson, Wyoming
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Another one of those "once in a lifetime" experiences”
Reviewed March 15, 2009

January, 2009, found my hubby and I in Quito where we caught a plane to Puerto Moreno, San Cristobal, and boarded the Evolution, a Quasar ship, for a delightful week of touring the Galapagos Islands. Our accommodations couldn't have been better, the food excellent (though too plentiful) and the naturalists superb (Dora and Boli). It was a memorable week of island hopping, wildlife viewing and snorkeling with the rays, sharks, seals, and penguins. Visting the Darwin Station was almost as great as reading The Beak of the Finch! Any way you can do it from budget through luxury, these islands are worth the visit!

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Pueblo, Colorado
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Galapagos Tour”
Reviewed January 17, 2009

We went for 5 days on a 16 passenger tour boat, the Gautanamara. Luckily we had paid for a room at deck level. The ones below deck stank of diesel fuel from the engine, didn't have windows and were hot most of the time. The passengers there ended up sleeping on the lounge chairs on deck. The food was great, the rooms okay, but small, but the days were too regimented and time off the ship was limited. In the Galapagos you can only walk on the trails, not touch anything and are never alone. The seals and other wild life was interesting, but It felt like a big zoo. There were many groups coming and going besides our own. I was glad our group wasn't bigger though. I was glad to do it, but I wouldn't do it again and really can't recommend it. The expense outweighs the awesome factor. If I had to do it again, I'd try staying in a hotel and taking day trips, and not going in the high season - Dec through February, although they say the water is rough at other times.

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