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Holiday review by Adrian Padfield

Name: Dr Adrian Padfield
Date of trip: 03/01/2015
Number of people: 1
Country: Galapagos Islands

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "I'd have liked a little more science. "
 
Tribes Service: "Excellent"
 
Guides: "The Quito guide Esteban was v. good; perhaps a little over religious... Sarah on Beagle was good but as I'm a bit deaf not always understandable. We spent fairly long intervals standing looking at animals/birds."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Some friends before I went thought Ecuador was not looking after the environment. I now will try to correct that impression."

Accommodation

 
Patio Andaluz
A lovely old place; very pleased not to be in a stark modern hotel.
 
Beagle
I was greatly relieved not to have to share a cabin; it would've been cramped and difficult. The initial briefing (by the owner?) was short and unsatisfactory but I wasn't feeling great. Beagle is showing its age. I was disappointed we didn't sail but motored everywhere. The crew were excellent.

Our Memories

"The last morning, just as dawn was breaking, going into quiet corners of the bay to see a lot of turtles and many birds."
"I haven't reviewed my photos yet but I know one shows ten to a dozen frigate birds in the sky."

customer rating

5/5 from 49 reviews

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Time: GMT - 6 hours

Flight time: Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave from Quito and touch down in Guayaquil en route, taking about 3 hours from Quito or 2 hours from Guayaquil. The flights land either at Baltra or San Cristobal.

Language: Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499

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