What a wonderful experience. Quito city on the mainland and the Galapagos islands are such a contrast to each other but both extremely interesting.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The three most memorable moments for me were when we visited
- North Seymour Island where the blue-footed boobies were performing their most entertaining mating dance
- Espanola (Hood) Island where we saw nesting Waved Albatross
- Early morning explorations of the mangroves where turtles, rays and white headed sharks were seen when the paddle was used to sail the panga. These were breath taking experiences.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader was Juan Tapia. Juan was brilliant guide. He was extremely personable and looked after every need for each member of the group. His enthusiasm / passion was second to none and he was very knowledgeable about all the flora, fauna, marine life and geology of the islands. His English is first class and I understand he also speaks four other languages. He is a multi talented guy and was most entertaining when we were enjoying our "Crossing the Equator Party" and the Captain's Party at the end of our journey.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Read the Trip Notes thoroughly as they contain excellent advice with regard to the packing requirements, money matters and altitude warnings. They also include factual, relevant information about the Cachelote so there should not be any surprises with regard to cabin size and particularly the noise of the engine.
Do not be frightened by all the information about Quito. Heed the information and treat the city with respect as you would with any other city in the world. By doing this you and your belongings will be safe and you will enjoy this fascinating city and it's people.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Shuttle to and from the Airport to the Hotel were well organised and much appreciated. The Ground Staff were very helpful and kept us well informed at all times.
The Veja Cuba hotel in Quito is more than adequate - clean, comfortable, decent sized rooms with private facilities. Breakfast could be improved, mainly the service and choice of menu, however you will not starve.
The Cachelote Capitan and his crew members added value to our journey around the Galapagos Islands. They were all lovely people, very helpful and most respectful to the clients. Nothing was too much trouble.
My advice to all is if wildlife, marine life, geology, photography, swimming / snorkelling are your interests / passions, this trip has got to be on your Bucket List to be enjoyed at sometime in the future. I truly would recommend the 14 day itinerary to allow sufficient time investigate as many islands as possible in the time allowed.