Should I Do a Boat Based Tour or a Land Based Tour?
strongly prefer boat based Galapagos tours, as opposed to island
hopping and staying in hotels. The hotels are in towns that are
basically tourist towns, and not what you were probably hoping to see
when you decided to go to the Galapagos. If the goal of taking a
land based tour is to avoid seasickness, in order to visit other
islands you will still have to travel by boat to get to them. If you
plan to stick to just one island while in the Galapagos, it’s
pretty limiting. Finally, hotel development has become an
environmental problem in the Galapagos, with some properties lacking
required permits. All the hotels will claim to be eco-friendly, but
we believe the vessels are a much better long-term, sustainable
manner of tourism in the Galapagos (as long as the number of vessels
is limited, which it is!). For these reasons, we strongly recommend
the vessel based tours. A short stay at a hotel before or after a
cruise can be a way to have a chance to go scuba diving (rarely
offered on the boats, though all the boats have a lot of snorkeling),
or a way to mix up the experience between both a cruise and hotel
experience for those who really don’t like the idea of being on a
boat for an entire week. As an add-on to a cruise for one of these
reasons, we will arrange it for you.
Please see our full list of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Tour Packages here.
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