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Address: Avenida Charles Darwin S/N, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 59394655018
06:00 - 22:00
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At Galapagos Alternative, we offer a unique experience of the islands the...

At Galapagos Alternative, we offer a unique experience 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 local animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. Please browse our site to learn more about the many different activities that are available on your trip to Galapagos. Then contact us so that 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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Highlight of our South American holiday

My wife and I did not want to spend a week living on a boat, so this was the perfect way for us to visit the Galapagos Islands. Our holiday included Machu Picchu, Iguaçu falls... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2014
Norman M
Noosaville, Australia

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Noosaville, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

My wife and I did not want to spend a week living on a boat, so this was the perfect way for us to visit the Galapagos Islands. Our holiday included Machu Picchu, Iguaçu falls and Rio for the world cup and the Galapagos section of our holiday was the highlight. We saw all the animals and birds we hoped... More 

3 Thank Norman M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Galapagos. We greatly appreciated meeting up with Liz each evening to let her know how things went and also what the next day would hold. That personal touch was so lovely and special. It was an unexpected delight. For 4 full days we were amazed at how much we could do and... More 

2 Thank NLS77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

My wife gets motion sickness so we looked for land based accommodations and the ability to take day trips to various islands. Galapagos Alternatives (GA) worked with us to match the quality and cost we desired with the right lodging. The Angermeyer on Santa Cruz was unique, perfectly situated on the water and our room, the Southern Cross, was amazing,... More 

5 Thank Michael T
Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We went to Galapagos this July through Galapagos Alternative and had a great stay. We stayed on Santa Cruz and Isabella and had a single specific guide/naturalist on each island who knew the island's flora/fauna very well as well as our schedule. Every night we were met at our hotels by one of the girls from the office to discuss... More 

1 Thank Martin_Lentz
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Our family of four booked a 6 night land trip through Galapagos Alternative in June. The trip was originally booked for March, but due to personal family circumstances, I had to reschedule for June. I appreciate Jill and Rita's prompt response in rebooking the hotels and daytrips a month before our scheduled trip. I did a lot of research on... More 

6 Thank Henry S
jilapagos, Owner at Galapagos Alternative, responded to this review

We are so pleased to know our efforts are appreciated and can help make these Galapagos experiences extra special. We are always happy to make changes and accommodations when possible. We were very disappointed and surprised to hear the private guide experience for the day tours to Plazas and Bartolome was less than great. Most of our guests really enjoy... More 

Sandown, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

I cannot say enough about how pleasant and helpful everyone at GA was on this trip. If you are on the fence between a GA trip and a ship, you will not be disappointed with this 'land based' trip. We met so many nice people on the islands. Anywhere you went in town, people were always friendly and willing to... More 

2 Thank Steve D
Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

This is the most responsive, attentive and professional tour company I have dealt with. Rita not only answered the many questions I had but she went out of her way to offer choices and reasonable prices, highly reccomend.

1 Thank travelmucho111
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Jill and GA were perfect! From a well traveled family, (and from a husband that complains a lot, ha!) we have NOTHING to complain about. Rita and Joseph were great, in Santa Cruz and Isabela. There was never an issue with pick ups and they were always on time -they were always right there and very flexible and helpful. From... More 

1 Thank Kittieprincess
Santiago, Chile
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

For any marine biologist, visit Galápagos is a dream come true. With my girlfriend, decide to enjoy our holidays with a three island land based tour. Our interest was mostly to spend most of the time watching and photographying the fauna (above and underwater) and landscapes, so all the activities were perfectly organized to fulfill our goals. We read about... More 

1 Thank Avitrek
Breda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was not the typical tourist on Galapagos but did my internship at Galapagos Alternative for 5 months. It was an unforgettable experience and I had the chance to get to know the island in an unique way. Jill and Javier are very nice, warm-hearted and open people with a lovely family! They try everything possible to compile a very... More 

1 Thank Lara-Maureen W

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