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“Best trip EVER!!!!!”

Galapagos Alternative
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Owner description: At Galapagos Alternative, we offer a unique experience of the islands the way we see them: as locals. Choose the sights and activities most interesting to you, stay at local places, eat at local restaurants, and of course, get up-close experiences with the local animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. Please browse our site to learn more about the many different activities that are available on your trip to Galapagos. Then contact us so that we can help you find the best options to fit your timeframe, budget and preferences. We can help with all aspects of your trip, from booking unique accommodations to daily activities and transport between the islands. We are Jill and Javier Moreno, and we'd like to welcome you to our home. We look forward to treating you like family, showing you our favorite places, and ensuring that you have the experience of a lifetime in the amazing and beautiful Galapagos!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Best trip EVER!!!!!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Love love LOVED our tour of Galapagos with Galapagos Alternative.

Was great being collected from the airport and escorted to our hotel, our guide was very informative and the tour was really well planned. All contact with Galapagos Alternative was excellent, helpful and very timely unlike the 3 other tour companies I contacted first.

We liked not being confined to a boat and felt at home in the town of Puerto Ayora.

The hotel was lovely and the breakfasts were delicious.

Each day our tour was exciting and everywhere we looked there were beautiful animals.

Nothing will top this trip for us, cannot recommend it enough!!!!
I was truly heartbroken to leave Galapagos, my new favourite place on earth.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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“Galapagos Alternative Tours - Great”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

I found Galapagos Alternative Tours after other tour operators were unable to accommodate me and my family or they were unable to provide for our limited schedule. Galapagos Alternative Tours had no such problems. After giving them a brief idea of what we wanted to experience and the length of our trip they quickly came back with a proposed itinerary at a vey reasonable rate. Galapagos Alternative booked us into the ideal hotel on Santa Cruz - and, with the little background they had on us, they could not have placed us in a better or more suitable hotel. All of their representatives on the islands were informative, charming people who provided us with many insider tips on places to visit, dine and skip. All of their representatives are residents of the islands and therefore they knew all the scoop. The guides they provided were extremely informative and had superb knowledge about anything we saw or questioned. The guides were a complete pleasure.
The tour was perfectly divided between sea trips, island visits, short trips to swimming locations, animal spotting and hiking up the smallish volcano on Bartolome.
I would use the services of Galapagos Alternative Tours whenever I return to those islands.

Visited July 2013
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4 Thank Johan B
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maplewood
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Galapagos Alternative Organized a Great Trip”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Galapagos Alternative is the real deal! This organization provided my 25 yr old son and myself a week of great tours, super luxury accomodations ( Angermeyer Inn - Santa Cruz; Iguana Crossing - Isabella) and wonderful personal attention. All the guides and personnel arrived on time (except for a couple of times on Isabella) and were both friendly and knowledgable. Special credit goes to Liz who met us in town after our flight from Quito and showed up each night to check in on how the day activiites went as well as went over details of the next day schedule. Upon arrival and departure from the Baltra airport, Wilson would run with our bags during the multiple transfers (canal shuttle,airline, busses and taxis) making sure we were the first in line for the shuttle or check in at the airport. On the first day we were given a private tour of the highlands and then were booked with small groups on atractive (even new) ships for day trips to unihabited isalnds. North Seymour as well as Santa Fe were well worth the hour to two hour voyages each way. Blue Footed Boobies and red breasted Frigate birds were in abundance and in the midst of their mating dances. Large land lguanas (near extinction) were out in the open on Santa Fe and displayed absolutely no fear of humans. Although the visability of the snorkeling was limited (10 - 20 ft) the presence of marine life was in abundance. Marine iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, and various rays ( eagle, spotted, golden) were seen. It was a thrill and humerous) to snorkel with the sea lions that would dart in and out and play with us while snorkeling. Kayaking at Tortuga Bay allowed us to cruise over a manta ray as well as white tipped sharks.The close interaction with marine, reptile, and bird.life was mind bogling.

Galapagos Alternaitve is a real option for planning any land tour of the Galapagos.

Visited August 2013
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Trip of a Lifetime”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We recently returned from a trip organized by Galapagos Alternative. We spent three nights in Puerto Ayora and loved it. We stayed at La Casa de Judy and Galapagos Suites. Both are super places to stay. Judy and Joselyn were both so attentive and always there to help and make sure you have everything you need. Liz and Paola attended to our every need and made sure we knew each night what time to meet the next morning, what to wear and what things to bring along. We loved the Isla Grill, Garrapata and Tintorera. We did a tour of the Highlands, Las Grietas, and day tripped to North Seymour to see the blue footed boobies and the frigate birds. Luis was our guide for north Seymour and he was super. We stopped in Bachas Beach on the way back and snorkeled and walked on the beautiful beach. We toured the Charles Darwin Center with the free guide that you pick up at the entrance. He added so much to it. We could have walked around it ourselves and wouldn't have gotten anything out of it, but our guide knew so, so much, that it was very interesting. We planned to take a plane to Isabela, but it wasn't working, so we went by boat. I don't recommend it in July, as the seas are very rough, but we made it and Jill promptly refunded us upon returning. Isabela is beautiful and quaint. We stayed at Albemarle. We didn't Love the hotel, but the views can't be beat. I would recommend Iguana Crossing if I were to do it again. We recommend El Faro and Fogata for meals. Both were excellent! We went to Los Tuneles and had the best snorkeling of my life. We snorkeled with sea turtles, manta rays, indian rays, tintorera sharks, fish, starfish, sea lions, etc.... Los Tuneles is like another planet. We had to step over the blue footed boobies, as they weren't the least bit concerned with us being on the trail with them. We flew back to Santa Cruz, which is a short plane ride. The itinerary was action packed. We felt every day was an adventure. They treated us well and were able to rearrange things when needed. I like the idea of a land based tour better, as you are supporting the local economy and you get to see the people who live on the islands. We recommend Galapagos Alternative.

Visited July 2013
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Sacramento, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect trip!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Galapagos Alternative provided us with a dream wildlife viewing vacation! The itinerary was ideal, allowing us to observe blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sharks, and land and marine iguanas. Marcos led an enlightening tour of Santa Cruz Island, while Carlos took us on an amazing day of snorkeling off of Isabela Island with sea turtles and sea lions, as well as several schools of fish. The accomodations were beautiful, and the breakfasts were delightful. Joceline at Galapagos Suites was especially gracious. Guides and local advisors met us every step of the way, and we never worried about what/who was coming next. This is the way to see the Galapagos, as well as benefit the local economy. Perfection!

Visited July 2013
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