3 independent reviews for Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based

Reviews for Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based

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review 5 Mar 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

As most things about the Galapagos Islands are memorable and exciting, it is impossible to identify one particular aspect. However, some of the highlights included: snorkelling with hammerhead sharks and large turtles; observing the numerous sea lions and iguanas that are everywhere; visiting the highlands to see the giant tortoises; seeing penguins on our kayaking trip; the diversity of the landscape from lava tunnels to lush, green vegetation in the highlands; trekking up the Sierra Negra volcano.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Heed the advice to use high factor sunscreen at all times, as being so near the equator, the sun is very intense and will burn you in no time! Consider spending longer than 8 days on the Galapagos Islands if you would like some lie-ins and time to relax. There is so much to do and see that, in order to fit it all in, we were leaving our hotel virtually every morning between 5.30 and 7.30am.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. As we were land-based we supported the local economy by drinking in local bars and eating in local restaurants. Also, all of our guides were locals and so benefited from having regular work. All of the locals were very aware of their environment and the need to strike a balance between enjoying the economic benefits of tourism whilst at the same time ensuring that tourism is controlled so does not have a detrimental effect on the environment or the marine life. There are strict rules about what you can and can't bring onto or take from the Galapagos Islands. There are explicit guidelines in terms of the marine life, ie you are not allowed to touch or feed them. At all of our hotels we were provided with purified water in glass jugs, rather than using plastic bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. The holiday of a lifetime!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Diane, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your holiday to the Galapagos with us, we're delighted to hear you had such a good time. Sounds like your wildlife experiences were pretty extraordinary, even by Galapagos standards! We also really appreciate your comments on the sustainability aspects of your holiday, that's something we take extremely seriously, and it's great that you felt your trip struck the right balance. Staying longer is definitely something we like to encourage in all of our destinations, so that's a very good tip! I really enjoyed planning your holiday with you, and would love for you to travel with us again some time. Do get in touch if you're looking at another journey to Latin America (or Spain / Portugal). Best wishes, Lucy

review 6 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Very difficult to choose one thing as it was all amazing - probably paddling in the Amazon, and Galapagos and seeing amazing wildlife and snorkelling there

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you spend as much time as you can in the Amazon and in the Galapagos - you won't run out of things to do and see, and it is always worth having a guide

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes -all the places we stayed in were run/owned by local people, and the guides were local. The lodge in the Amazon was run by the local community. All the lodges we stayed in (Amazon, Mindo adn Otovalo) made great efforts to be sustainable. Great focus on conservation. The only think that wasn't environmentally friendly was the travle (by air and road).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

review 20 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

All of it ! Surpassed expectations. Micromanagement by competent guides impressive. Just one guide did not speak adequate English ( on a boat tour )

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not even clean teeth using local water. Sea water can be quite cold ( especially at Kicker Rock). Wet suit hire is cheap and advisable for some Good mosquito prophylaxis essential

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Cannot really comment - I fear for the Galapagos with plans to increase tourism dramatically (200,000 -> 500,000 pa)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Expensive but worth it

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