Holiday review by Dr Adrian Padfield

Name: Dr Adrian Padfield

Date of trip: 03/01/2015

Number of people: 2

The last morning, just as dawn was breaking, going into quiet corners of the bay to see a lot of turtles and many birds.

  • Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador © Patio Andaluz

    Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador

  • Beagle Galapagos Yacht

     

  • Beagle Galapagos Yacht

     

  • Beagle Galapagos Yacht

     

  • Beagle Galapagos Yacht

     

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I haven't reviewed my photos yet but I know one shows ten to a dozen frigate birds in the sky.

Tribes Overall:

I'd have liked a little more science.

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.


The places you stayed

Covered courtyard ar Patio Andaluz, Quito, Ecuador © Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

Quito

A lovely old place; very pleased not to be in a stark modern hotel.


Beagle Galapagos Yacht

Beagle

Galapagos Islands

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.