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Galapagos Alternative

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Address: Avenida Charles Darwin S/N, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 99 465 5018
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00

At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour...

At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour packages. We offer unique experiences 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 amazing animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. 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!

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I was looking for a 'tour' that allowed us to feel just like an independent travellers without the hassle. Special mention to the very patient and personable Maria Castillo, who... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking for a 'tour' that allowed us to feel just like an independent travellers without the hassle. Special mention to the very patient and personable Maria Castillo, who happily tolerated my zillion emails with change requests, simplified the overwhelming options and took special efforts to provide guides competent in identifying Darwin's Finches and my arthritic condition. What I... More 

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New York, NY
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Galapagos Alternative is the way to go for a land based trip to the Galapagos. Starting with our initial contact with Lauren, every aspect of what we wanted for our trip was considered, discussed and reviewed. Lauren sorted through a myriad of possibilities for our trip, for where to go, what to do do, where to stay and how to... More 

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Galapagos Islands are simply amazing, even better than anticipated! There are great opportunities for wildlife spotting, diving, hiking, and snorkelling. We recently visited & used Galapagos Alternative to arrange our trip. Everything went very smoothly and the hotel we were recommended for our stay - Galapagos Suites - was excellent. We were based on Santa Cruz and did some... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We loved Galapagos Alternative. Our organisers, Javier in Santa Cruz and Emilie in Isabela were extremely attentive to our needs and made sure everything ran smoothly. They were always on hand to ensure we linked up seamlessly with our transportation, tours and accommodation. The guides they chose for us, restaurant recommendations and suggestions for rest days were all perfect. Our... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

It's a bucket list place, nothing you'll ever do, no place you'll ever go, will remotely compare to this!

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Galapagos is not quite what we expected. The extraordinary aspects of the islands are subtle, and probably not so appealing to tourists: the incredible scarcity of endemic flora and fauna (which gives scientists a easier canvas in which to study their development), the beautiful but desolate or scraggly natural landscapes, the strange varied microclimates, the strange varied ocean conditions including... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

This company hit on all notes. From coordinating with Maria to the VIP treatment at the airport. Our guides Valdemar (David) and Xavier were excellent. The only thing that would have improved the experience was getting access to our luggage in the VIP lounge in order to change to shorts. It was cool in Quito when we left and it... More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

GA organized three days of tours for us on Isabella island. We went biking, hiking, and snorkeling. Everything was great. The guides, the service, and the scenery were top notch.

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204 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This was a bucket list for my husband and father-in-law. It was very important that the trip go as planned and be relaxing and easy as my father-in-law does not travel overseas. There are many companies and tours in the Galapagos. We could not be happier with our choice to go with Galapagos Alternatives. Our trip went off without a... More 

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23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have used Galapagos Alternative four times. Every time they have come through with a great itinerary and very responsive to my special requests. I have visited most everywhere in the Galapagos and Jill and Javier know it as well as anyone. I would highly recommend their service to anyone interested in traveling to the Galapagos.

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