By Allie Almario Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions. The incredible wildlife you’ll see in the Galapagos hasn’t changed much, but how travelers explore the islands has been transformed in the last decade. As the Myths and Mountains Galapagos Islands expert, I visited the islands for the 14th time in December, 2016 and explored three emerging trends that affect how Galapagos itineraries are evolving. LUXURY HOTELS While most of the 250,000 tourists who visit each year still navigate the islands by ship, there is a noticeable increase in visitors who extend their stays to lodge in upscale hotels on several of the populated islands. On Santa Cruz Island, the Galapagos Safari Camp masters the ambiance of an African glamping experience in a tropical paradise. Yes, there was a rare, endangered wild tortoise relaxing under my tent! Since the camp hosts just a handful of guests at a time, the camp manager meets with you when you arrive to get a sense of your priorities and preferences. During my stay, a small group wanted to experience the local culture. The staff arranged for a high school dance troupe to stop by before dinner. The beautiful lobby turned into a spectacular stage as […]
When USA Today feature an article about traveling to the Galapagos, it was only natural that the author would reach out to our own Galapagos travel expert, Allie Almario. The article, Five myths about the Galapagos Islands, explores the unique challenges related to Galapagos travel. Among those are Galapagos travel costs, cruising the Galapagos vs. staying on land, and unique Galapagos wildlife.
No matter what time of year you travel to the Galapagos, seeing wildlife is guaranteed. Something is always mating, nesting or giving birth, so there’s action 24/7. And regardless of which islands in the archipelago your ship takes you, you’ll be in nature’s zoo. All the islands are good for wildlife viewing. Which ship you choose to go island hopping, though, deserves some thought and planning. Whether you’re going for five days or two weeks, think about it how you’d like to cruise, and choose a ship that suits your traveling style and budget. After all, your comfort level — physically and financially–is unique to you. So let us at Myths and Mountains know your preferences. Keep in mind that the sooner you begin planning your trip, the more options you are likely to have. Planning Your Galapagos Cruise When helping travelers plan their Galapagos adventure, I always ask these three questions: 1. What time of the year do you want to go to the islands? If your dates are not flexible, say, after April 5 but no later than April 16, we can focus on the kind of ship you prefer that cruises during that time. Each ship departs […]