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.

  • Patio Andaluz


  • King room at Patio Andaluz


  • Courtyard restaurant at Patio Andaluz


  • Artwork at Patio Andaluz


  • 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.


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

Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz


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

Beagle Galapagos Yacht


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.