We booked a 5-day tour in Quito and arrived here. The lodge (cheaper) option has a small bathroom and a basic room with AC and minibar. It's not too bad considering the whole 5 day tour (includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners) is $485 per person exclude air ticket. The local people only pay $ around 280 I think. Food was basic but not bad. This seems like a family/kid friendly place. I like the daily room service. However if you stay longer, they charge $80-95 (inc breakfast only) seem too pricy or what it is.
Briefing for the next day tour was at 6.30pm everyday. No English..... Made us feel rather uncomfortable. We figured things out by a nice multilingual Mexican girl who was nice enough to translate for us. Our tour guide speaks some English but she was only there 2 out of 5 days. The only good English translation we had was from the guide from the boat (Floriana isand trip). The boats were not bad. This time of the year the sea is very rough so if you get seasick, make sure to take tablets 30' before the ride.
For wild life enthusiasts/divers, I recommend to stay back for day trips to other islands as you really only have 3 days of tours to do with Ninfa. The first and last days are mainly for transporting to and from airport. In land trip like this I guess you don't get to see as much as cruise trips but if you know what you want to see, day trips might do the trick. Make sure you organise your day trip in advance as the trip you want might not go on the day you want. Compare between different tour agencies for best offer that suits you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ninfa Galapagos, located in the heart of Puerto Ayora, is more than just a hotel. We are pioneers in Galapagos tourism. No one is better equipped or has more experience to help you fully enjoy your adventure on the Enchanted Islands. Stroll along the harbor, visit the shops and galleries, or simply lounge around in our comfortable atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ninfa Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz