Jill and Javier made our trip such a breeze. Normally, we are the lonely-planet-in-hand & do-it-yourself travelers. For Galapagos, we decided to go with Galapagos Alternative, since experiencing the islands is all about tours anyway.
In the Galapagos, there is something fabulous you can see and do on every island, provided you have the time. We had 5 days in hand and a very long wish list. I had researched a whole bunch of cruises and none of them gave me the “coverage” that Jill and Javier proposed. We got to see and do literally everything on the wish list. I don’t think I could have planned it myself.
The most popular islands are Santa Cruz ( that we stayed on), Isabela, San Cristobal and probably Floreana. But we had our best experience on the tour to “santa Fe and Garrapatero beach” – which is something they suggested and I would not have planned if I had done it myself. They have incredible knowledge on what’s good each time of the year and that is a great resource!
Sue, Jills mother, handles clients in the US from Florida. She is very friendly, prompt and pleasant to deal with. But, there could be moments where she could get a little confused or not be able to clarify some of your questions about the islands ( she’s not the Galapagos expert , and doesn’t claim to be either!) – But a phone call/ mail to Jill can settle it all.
We are vegetarian and finding good vegetarian food is normally a challenge for us. Jill and Javier had some great recommendations for us. They helped us with finding the right food and also on how to “ask” for it! – the result, not only did we find food , but we liked it so much, we actually looked forward to dinner time everyday. Even on the tours we went on, they would make sure the crew knew our food restrictions and planned for food accordingly.
They would tell us the van would pick us up at 5:00 AM and the buzzer would go off exactly at that time. Extremely prompt. Not only that, once the tour would get over – Javier would land up in our suite within 3 minutes of our arrival. He’s superman! He would check on how the day was, collect feedback and go on with the plan for the next day. In fact on one of they days, the tours got delayed and we had to skip las grietas. This was not under our or Jill/Javiers control. Javier graciously promised to fit it into our agenda the next day – So Jill came with us and took us there. Though we were on a “packaged tour”, at no point did we feel “rushed” or hurried. Everything was fit in beautifully and there was no hurrying anywhere. They are too cool! Javier also dropped us back to the airport and they tried to put us on the best flight out.
I give 2 thumbs up for going with Jill and Javier. Not only do they make great itineraries ( custom itineraries!) but they also take great care to make the whole trip pleasurable and hassle free for you!
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