3 Main Tips to Galapagos Expedition

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Tips To Choose the Best Galapagos Tours

It’s not always the case that “one size fits all” when it comes to cruises in the Galapagos. There are distinct advantages for travellers that choose to explore the natural wonders of the enchanted isles aboard a multiple-guided ship. The rules of the Galapagos National Park specify that ships need to have 1 guide for every 16 guests (or less) aboard. As it turns out, around three-quarters of cruise ships in the Galapagos are sized for exactly 16 guests, meaning individuals aboard these vessels have no choice but to explore the archipelago as a single group. In the case of Metropolitan Touring’s multiple-guided ships, however, the presence of more than one guide allows guests to explore the islands in smaller-sized groups: around 11-12 guests per guide, on average. There is even the potential for further divisions to be made based on interests (birding, for instance), language (English, Spanish, German, etc.), and various activities that range in difficulty. Continue reading to learn more about several important tips we offer on how to best choose your Galapagos tours!

Find your best Galapagos tours by asking these questions:

(1) Do I Have to Do the Exact Same Thing my Travel Mates are Doing at All Times While We´re in the Galapagos National Park?

 The Galapagos presents visitors with a variety of different options for exploring and having fun in the archipelago. In the case of land-based journeys, visitors have several scheduling options when it comes to activities that are available outside the park boundaries. Exploration within the park boundaries, however, requires visitors to be accompanied by a licensed Naturalist Guide. Partaking in a multi-guided expedition vessel and yacht gives guests the greatest flexibility when it comes a tour of the Galapagos.

(2) Will I Have Access to Medical Care on Board?

Maybe not the biggest concern for travellers in good health, but the presence of an MD Officer (Doctor) aboard your vessel can make a noticeable difference throughout your tour of the Galapagos, especially given how remote the archipelago is. Granted, all operators keep the safety of their guests at the top of their priorities, and the National Park, too, has its own facilities and emergency medical transport on standby. Nevertheless, certain operators like to take safety one step further by investing in the permanent presence of a medical professional on board.

(3) If I Choose A Single-Guided Boat, Will I Get Exclusive Access To Locations In The Galapagos National Park?

 At visitor sites, it’s not unusual to find more than 4 single-guided boats or just 1 expedition vessel present. This is because, in accordance with the rules of the Galapagos National Park, each visitor site permits a maximum number of guests at any given time. All itineraries are reviewed and approved by the authorities. A well-designed itinerary, not ship size, is what guarantees exclusivity and the best wildlife viewing opportunities when visiting the islands.