Jill and Javier planned an unforgettable trip to Galapagos for us. I had always wanted to go and had read a bit about what I wanted to see, but Galapagos Alternative allowed us to experience things that I hadn't even considered.
We had 7 days booked, but quickly asked on arrival to add an 8th day, which Javier seamlessly arranged for us. We stayed mostly on Santa Cruz, but had the opportunity to travel to Isabella, Floreana, North Seymour, and Bartolome. All the guides that were arranged for us were friendly, knowledgeable and outgoing. Often, it worked out that we had our own tour guide, and keeping small groups is something that the company intends to maintain to ensure a personal touch.
Activities arranged for us were varied and included views of amazing volcanic rock formations and a variety of wildlife, and were clearly suited to our requests. We don't scuba dive, but we had opportunities to snorkel for 4 of the days. We also biked, kayaked, and did lots of hiking.
Finally, I have to mention how well taken care of we were during the trip. Javier or Jill visited us on a daily basis, checking into details as minor as dietary requests for breakfast at our hotel and the fit of our snorkelling gear. They also occasionally joined us for meals at local restaurants in Puerto Ayora (as did some of our remarkable tour guides). Javier joined us one day in the highlands in Santa Cruz and showed us some of the remarkable views on his family's property. On the last day, when we were overbooked, they moved us to a nicer hotel and we had a plate of chocolate/cheese and a bottle of wine.
In summary, we had a remarkable vacation in Galapagos and for land-based tour experience, you can't get any better than Galapagos Alternative! Thanks Jill and Javier!
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