Choosing from the hundreds of Galapagos tours doesn’t sound like an easy choice, but it actually wasn’t too hard for Aracely and I. As someone that’s active on the web, always reading others’ experiences while touring the world, I sort of knew who the best tour operators for the Galapagos were.
This trip is a special one, it’s to celebrate Aracely’s 30th Birthday. Our visit to the Galapagos Islands is a bit different compared to when we backpacked through Central and South America between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, our budget prevented us from experiencing Galapagos the way we had always imagined. We were living on $55 a day, which didn’t cover the cost of Galapagos tours. Now, in 2012, we are ready to book the tour we have always wanted, and we expect G Adventures will be able to deliver that for us.
10-Day Multi-Activity Galapagos Land Tour
We experienced a small tour with G Adventures in 2009 to the Iguazú Falls and had an excellent trip. Add that experience, all the other positive experiences written about by travel bloggers and the experiences by our friends in the Wanderers in Residence program and you end up on a trip with G Adventures. That’s why it was an easy choice for Aracely and I.
Galapagos Adventures and Education
We will be sleeping on the Galapagos Islands each night, which is probably best for Aracely, who is prone to seasickness. This also allows us to spend longer days hiking volcanoes, exploring individual islands and museums. Other activities include kayaking, snorkeling and mountain biking. I figured we might get bored touring on a boat for 7 days, so the idea of multiple activities was a good thing.
Education has always been an important part of any tour we participate in. Ever since our Grand Canyon hike in 2006, we make every effort to get schooled in the places we visit, the local culture and it’s history. We know the Galapagos Islands has amazing scientific facts and a lot of wildlife to learn about.
We arrive to Quito this weekend, a city we have a spent over a month living in before. It will be fun to revisit some of the old places we ate at, maybe even climb back up the Basílica del Voto Nacional or just check off items from our list of best things to do in Quito.
By Sunday afternoon, we should be swimming with sea lions as Frigate birds fly above on San Cristóbal island during our Galapagos tour with G Adventures in celebration of Aracely’s 30th birthday.