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I just got back from Galapagos which was one of the best trips I have ever been on. I have traveled to more than 50 countries but I can say this trip was in my top 3 trips ever. I used www.lastminutegalapagosdeals.com and they were amazing. As an experienced travel, I contacted approx 30 different sites to compare boats and prices and Last Minute Galapago (LMG) s was the best on all fronts. I do not usually use other people to book my trips and prefer to go direct but Galapagos is a different type of trip and I found it best if not the only option to go through a vendor. LMG responded promptly and with the best price. I actually used their price and contacted about 5 other vendors I was communicating with to see if they could match or beat the price and NO ONE could.
About the Galapagos. Do your research before you go. After coming back and talking about one of the most amazing trips I have ever had, I hear more from people how disappointed their galapagos trip was.
1.) a cruise is the best way to see the galapagos. AND you will need minimum 5 day cruise but one week trips are the best.
2.) Within one week trip you will not see everything. You have to choose either West island trip or east/north island trip. I did a lot of research and knew I wanted to go to the west islands (youngest islands). I met several people that have done both trips and everyone I met agreed that they enjoyed the west island the best… But I sure there are several people out there that would disagree. (if you have 2 weeks you can do both)
3.) Time of year. I say do some research so you can see what you are most interested in. I choose September which ended up being a really good time. We saw hundreds of baby animals. Also which year you go matters. I did not know this before I went but El Nino has a huge effect on the animal population. Best year to go is the year before El Nino (happens about every 7 years). El Nino brings in warmer water that kills off a lot of fish which will kill of the sea lions and bird which kills off may other animals. Not sure if it is true or not but I hear HALF the animals die off during El Nino and the islands are most populated the year right before. But note that the water if VERY cold for snorkeling this time of year, Bring a wetsuits.
With regard to price for a cruise. Basically you get what you pay for. There is several crappy boats and tours in the galapagos. I chose the boat Eden and I really enjoyed it. This boat if you book 4 – 6 months in advance is approx $2000 – 2400 per person for a week. Maybe more on peak time of the year. If you roll the dice and wait one month or less before you go, you can get some great deals. Not sure the details because with my work I needed to plan ahead. Contact Last Minute Galapagos and they can find the right boat within your budget.
Date of Cruise: February 24th to February 28th 2014
Cruise: La Pinta, luxury yacht.
Luckily we fully recovered the next day and were able to travel and enjoy the cruise in february 10th.
The cruise La Pinta exceeded our expectations, both the boat and the beauty of Galapagos islands.
Thank you so much for organising. We will recommend you to our friends.
Date of cruise: March 18th to March 28th 2014
Cruise: Anahi, luxury catamaran
I would like to thank you for arranging our trip of a lifetime.. It was unbelievable We really did not know what to expect%u2026 We had heard about the Galapagos but did not realize how beautiful and interesting it was the animals and landscape was absolutely spectacular I took 1800 pictures if you can believe it.
The Anahi was a wonderful, comfortable and enjoyable catamaran to be on. We found the bedrooms to be extremely roomy and the public areas (decks and lounge areas) to be usable and friendly. The food was great. We do not know how the chef (Carlos) managed to prepare different meals and desserts every night in that small galley area. But he did and surprised us every night with two different selections. He had fish every night and each night he alternated with pork, beef and chicken and all were prepared differently every night. He also had different salads and vegetables every night and a variety of desserts. We liked the way you could order scrambled eggs or an omelet every morning and the fruits were fresh and delicious every day
The schedule on the 11 day 10 night was so varied and interesting. I am so glad we chose the longer one as I am sure it was a once in a life time trip and covered so many islands. We hiked either once or twice a day and snorkeled either once or twice a day. Snorkeling was spectacular. I never thought I would be snorkeling with sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, fish and even an iguana. It was so exciting every time someone saw an animal they would yell sea lion or shark or whatever animal it was and everyone would swim over to get a look. And the birds . They did not even move when you came close to them. And not to forget the turtles and iguanas. They were magnificent.
As you can tell we have not as yet come down from the excitement of the trip.
We did not experience any altitude problem in Quito. We were worried about it But no problem at all.
Thank you again.
Date of Cruise: June 22th to 30th 2013
Thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for us ,to Quito & Galapagos isl ,both Tania & Jorge were very informative & helpful .
We thought the ship Santa Cruise was overpriced & outdated ,however the food ,staff & guides were excellent . the wonderful wild life that we saw up close in natural wild surroundings made it a holiday of a lifetime .
Thank you both for all you did to make our holiday amazing !