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Galapagos Alternative

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Address: Avenida Charles Darwin S/N, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 99 465 5018
06:00 - 22:00
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At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour...

At Galapagos Alternative we specialize in personalized land-based tour packages. We offer unique experiences of the islands the way we see them: as locals. Choose the sights and activities most interesting to you, stay at local places, eat at local restaurants, and of course, get up-close experiences with the amazing animals that make the Galapagos Islands so special. We can help you find the best options to fit your timeframe, budget and preferences. We can help with all aspects of your trip, from booking unique accommodations to daily activities and transport between the islands. We are Jill and Javier Moreno, and we'd like to welcome you to our home. We look forward to treating you like family, showing you our favorite places, and ensuring that you have the experience of a lifetime in the amazing and beautiful Galapagos!

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Galapagos AlterNative: choose with confidence

Jill and Javier run a first rate enterprise: imaginative, professional and human. When airline snafus delayed our arrival, they reordered our itinerary efficiently, did their... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2015
Simsbury, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2015

Jill and Javier run a first rate enterprise: imaginative, professional and human. When airline snafus delayed our arrival, they reordered our itinerary efficiently, did their best to resell the pre-paid adventures we would miss and kindly refunded their commission on those adventures in cash. Hotels and excursions they recommended and planned and the guides they hired to lead us were... More 

3 Thank PKA43
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

I had Galapagos Alternative plan my 8 days trip strictly land based with day trips to their suggested sights . I spent 3 days on San cristobal and 5 days on Santa Cruz .this was a great way to see the Galapagos instead of being on a boat . I visited several island on long day boat trips . The... More 

2 Thank Roger K
Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015

We took various tours with Galapagos Alternative and they also organised the transfers between the islands Baltra, Sant Cruz and Isabella. Superfast response time upfront via email, perfect tours and people working for/owning the company that really take care of you. Galapagos is a great place as such but they really contributed to make the visit on Galapagos such a... More 

4 Thank Simon K
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

This was my second time using this company to visit the Galapagos and once again I was thrilled with the trip and the overall experience. I went with a good friend 4 years ago and returned home certain that I had to come back with my husband. Unbelievably, the second trip was even better than the first. This company really... More 

3 Thank Jeffrey A. H
Mason, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We were busy planning our wedding and only had over 3 weeks to plan our honeymoon. We knew we wanted to go to Galapagos but didn't have the time to plan all the details. We typically like to own our itinerary but this time we went with Galapagos Alternative based on the reviews in TA. We are so glad we... More 

5 Thank Felix_the_Cat_23
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2015

I wanted to visit the Galapagos without being bound to a ship my entire trip. I considered just getting there and figuring it out as I went, but I found Galapagos Alternative website and sent them an email They sent me a questionnaire and built an itinerary around my answers. It looked just like what I wanted to do and... More 

3 Thank Terri W
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 28 January 2015

Traveling to the Galapagos was a once -in-a-lifetime trip for us. We wanted to get the most out of our adventure by seeing the islands up close and not from the deck of a cruise ship. Galapagos Alternative was exactly the right fit for our - and probably your - needs to live on the islands, enjoy the wildlife and... More 

11 Thank Matthew M
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

We had an amazing time on the Galapagos islands, can only recommend it! We were there for one week, all organized by Galapagos Alternative. They were very friendly, competent, organized and also caring, checking on us every day to make sure everything went well. We cannot wait to go back and when we do, we will definitely ask Galapagos Alternative... More 

Thank Maria S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2015

We booked an 8 day tour of the Galapagos Isles through Jill and Javier of Galapagos Alternative. Jill's assistance in the planning was consistently stellar though for reasons beyond anyone's control, we deviated slightly, and adventuresomely, from our itinerary. I'll detail that in a moment but want to make the point early on that Jill and Javier are reachable and... More 

3 Thank feinshmecker
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Reviewed 17 January 2015

Galapagos Alternative organized our 6-day land-based tour of the Galapagos for our large family group over the recent Christmas-New Year's holidays. We were extremely happy with the results. We always felt that we were in competent, caring, attentive hands. They were very well-organized and paid attention to detail, and all logistics, which included numerous day trips and ocean ferries between... More 

3 Thank Ken G

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