This Galapagos cruise has been a really interesting trip because it is actually my first tour group. I have taken day tours before but never with a group for a week. I just haven’t been able to put down that much money on one trip before. There is so much risk if you don’t like the tour company.
A Galapagos cruise isn’t cheap. It’s why it is a bucket list trip. But people do try to save money. You can buy trips in Ecuador or you can fly to the Galapagos and negotiate one here. From what I’ve read the discounts you will receive are on the poorer quality tours so you kind of get what you pay for but no matter what you choose you need to get to the Galapagos.
This cruise has been incredible and I was lucky enough to be with a group of very well traveled people from around the world. My cruisemates knew that I was a guest of Exodus and so they were really open with me about what they thought and people really struggled with negative aspects.
Everyone was so happy we were on a real ship with character instead of a catamaran but in the end it is really all about the crew. Our guide Juan has worked for over 25 years on the Galapagos and the rest of the crew on the Cachelote were so wonderful, when they saw dolphins they all rounded us up to make sure we saw them. Though they spoke little English if there was something to see they made sure we all had the opportunity.
For one glorious week I didn’t have to think about anything. Not where I should go or what I should eat or how I would get from point A to B. Yes you can absolutely do it independently but I don’t know if you would experience the same kind of magic we did.
Each day I would proclaim it was the best and could not fathom how the next day would be better and then we would go to yet another island where the geography and the animals were completely different.
This was an absolutely magical week.