- Take a boat. They say it's cheaper to stay on land and just do day trips. But that can be more expensive because the day trips cost between $60-$150 each and they don't always include equipment or food. And then you have to pay for a place to stay on the island
- Take a small boat. If you take a big boat it takes forever to get everything organized and you can't spend as much time doing the activities. Not to mention the big boats can't get permits to go to certain small islands.
- If you don't speak fluent Spanish, take one with an English guide. In the jungle it was fine for me to have a Spanish guide because I didn't need to know everything. But the Galapagos is so interesting that you'll want to understand as much as you can.
- The southern islands and the norther islands are pretty different. So make sure you research which ones you'd like to visit. But you won't be disappointed either way.
- Don't splurge on the boat. You're only on the boat for a little while and you're only in your room to sleep. It's silly to waste tons of money on a nicer room when you'll only be in it for a few hours.
- Be ready for adventure. Yes, some cruises cater to people who just want to look around. But most of the islands are deserted and the animals come first. Which means tourist friendly things are few and far between. Bring a pair of hiking boots, a swim suit, and be prepared to sweat!
- Don't freak out when the animals come near you. They are nice and friendly because people are nice and friendly to them. Don't ruin it for everyone by scaring the life out of them and screaming when you see a bird fly near your face.
- Try and stay for as many days as you can. Any less than 5 and you haven't seen much of anything. This is one of those places where you'll want to experience as much as you can.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Here are some ideas about going to the Galapagos: