If you took a look at my last post you know how to start a Galapagos Islands trip and what to expect. Now you just need to know when and how much to spend? This is a key factor for putting together a great trip,
First of all you must chose what category of ship or program(Island Hopping) you need, ships are divided into different categories; economic, tourist, tourist superior, first, Cruise ships( larger ships that carry more people than other ships), and luxury
. Programs are also divided into categories economic, first, and luxury.
Now of course the price depends on what class or category you need, if you choose a first class ship expect to pay a little more than you would on a tourist class ship, economic being the least expensive.
Before you rush into making a decision you first need to think and analyze what kind of service you need, of course in most economic ships you will have hot water, decent food, and great guides, but do you like sleeping in bunk bed? Or maybe sharing a washroom with other guests? Upper class ships are put in this category because they have a lot more room in each cabin, private bathrooms, separate beds, specialized chefs and so on. Of course upper class ships will cost you a little more but it al depends on what kind of trip you want.
Another question you need to ask yourself is “do I get sea sick easily”, if you answered yes to this question than you would need to look into other types of ships in the category you’ve already chosen. In Galapagos there are three different types of ships; Yachts, Catamarans, and larger cruise ships (30 passenger or more). If you like a more intimate atmosphere but have a hard time with sea sickness than your best bet would be a catamaran these ships are dual hulled and much wider than other ships which
give them a little more stability. If you want a larger ship than you can go ahead and ask for a cruise ship, since they are large ships they are also more stable. Yachts are great ships that offer amazing cruises, most yachts in Galapagos are 16 passenger ships, and they offer intimate settings and great services. Larger Yachts will also offer you greater stability, when you ask for a ship make sure you know how large it is and how many passengers it holds.
Now for those late travelers who like to plan their trips a couple of weeks before d-day, you can get really great deals, but you are taking the risk that you will not find room on some ships. Now if your plans are very flexible you can ask your travel agent to help you looking for room on ships or programs near the dates you want to travel. For some who have specific dates they can travel on, this is not an option.
All ships have specific days of the week that they depart, every day of the week is covered so you will be able to find one that departs the day you need, you might want to do your homework so you can ask for ships that fits into your schedule.
Once you have an idea of what you want get a hold of your travel agent or surf the web and look for a company that works for you, get the rest of the info you need and plan your trip. Remember to ask what’s included in most package you will have to pay the fees I spoke about in my last article when you arrive in cash.
Ecuador is an amazing country and you will be given a very warm welcome, you might want to take a look into visiting a little bit of the main land before your Galapagos trip, you won’t regret it.
My next article is going to be a break down of some of the most popular itineraries in Galapagos.
! If you want my personal help putting together a Galapagos package let me know
If some one has questions post them in comments and I will answer them as soon as possible.
I want to open this blog up for everyone; a lot of people would love to travel to exotic places and see spectacular things but never do because either they are misinformed or they just never do their home work and go to the same popular tourist sites year after year.
I want to know the most amazing place you have ever been to! What did you see? Was there something amazing that happened? Are you ever going to go back?
Let’s give the readers more information and let then decide where they would like to go, and fulfill travel dreams.