Posted January 1st, 2010, 01:49 PM
Last edited by leagle; January 1st, 2010 at 01:53 PM
In 2005 I went on GapAdventures 14 day trip to the Galapagos. I don't do tours generally, but this one was terrific.
There were 16 of us on an 8 cabin boat, which was a very good number because you need to stay on the pathes and with your guide to keep the islands and the wildlife safe. I went alone but was made to feel very welcome. Although the boat was small, there seemed to be enough space to be social or be alone as the mood presented.
There was time for sitting on a beach, for snorkelling and for seeing the most wonderful wildlife. The pace never felt rushed, partly because lunchtime was used for moving from one island to another (as were the nights). The food was ok and the staff were terrific.
At 50+ I was the oldest, and there was one 50 year old, but most of my shipmates were in their mid 20s to mid 30s. Some were travelling around the world and had lots of great stories.
The only problem I can see for you is that getting to the Islands from Quito takes most of one day, as does getting back, so a 7 day trip would leave you with very little time in the Islands.
If you can take a longer trip, IMO, you should. It takes time and money to get to the Galapagos Islands and in the next few years the Ecudorians may either greatly restrict access or start letting in the really big ships. In either case, this may be a one and only chance to see this fantastic place.
I went with Gap because there was a special 1/2 price deal with BA for the fare to Quito which required a tour, but I would love to go to the Islands again in a different season (I went in early December, next time I want to see the Blue-footed Boobies dance in April) and I would certainly go with GapAdventures again whether there was a deal or not.