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Holiday review by Sam Taylor

Name: Mrs Sam Taylor
Date of trip: 26/04/2013
Number of people: 2
Country: Galapagos Islands

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "All the guides were very professional and knowledgeable. The food on board the yatch far exceeded my expectations as did the organisation and efficiency of transfers and meeting guides. I had a few inital reservations when we had been told we would get the finer details as to pick up times etc locally but it ran like clock work."
 
Tribes Service: "Paul was great at helping me plan the trip and squeeze in as much as possible. I had hoped for a more details such as collection times for the transfers to Bella Vista and for the trips booked privately on Isabela - but it was not a problem at all, at each accommodation there was a package waiting for us with all the details in and the guides were very professional and efficient, accommodating all our needs and beyond."
 
Guides: "George at Bella Vista and Julio on Isbela were excellent their knowledge outstanding, very good English and their passion for their environment made them a total pleasure to be with. Juan on the Cachalote, handled a difficult job well trying to point out and identify things for the different interest groups, some were into animals and birds others vegetation, some wanted to dive others just wanted the sunshine. May be if he had just had a single interest group he may have been an excellent guide, but my husband and I quite often spotted wildlife and identified it before he had."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "It was impressive that all the guides were local as this meant they had a greater knowledge of the area and were more passionate about it."

Accommodation

 
Vieja Cuba
Great as a transfer hotel.
 
Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge
The trail head house was amazing, though there was an issue with no hot water and very low water pressure for us this did not detract from the beauty of the place - over all it was a very well thought out set up. They are definitely under selling themselves and the resources they have. "George" is the best guide and his knowledge of birds is second to none. We hired him for a full day trip with another couple for a days birding. We got a total of 79 species in the one day.
 
Cachalote
The yacht, staff, guide were great and the food outstanding. The only down side of being on board was my own assumptions that anyone going to the Galapagos would also be a wildlife enthusiast, some of the holiday makers seemed to be there more for the cruise factor and seemed more concerned with getting their 10.30 tea break than the wildlife! which was a little annoying, but that is not a criticism of Tribes.

Our Memories

"We were extremely lucky to witness a baby turtles try to leave the nest (in day light) and make the long journey down the beach to the sea. We all willed the them on, but understandably were not allowed to help any of them. It was heart breaking to watch as none of the hundred or so turtles made it as they were taken by frigate birds. Nature at its sweetest and cruelest at the same time, something I will never forget."
"The fish market on Santa Cruz, is an entertaining afternoon, watching the fishermen bring in the catch, with the Sea Lions, Pelicans, Igunanas and Frigate Birds all trying to steal a tasty morsel. In the evening the place becomes an al fresco restaurant - food does not get any fresher."

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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