My daughter (21) and I spent 6 days in the Galapagos and every detail was arranged by Guiding Galapagos. All we had to decide was where to eat each night! I chose Guiding Galapagos because of the reviews on Trip advisor and the experience was great, from the suggestions for trips from Steffi before we went, to being met at the airport, outfitted with high quality snorkeling gear and generally well cared for by Ronald on Santa Cruz and John on Isabela. They take great care in which boats they book and which guides they use and each of the individual guides that we were placed with were professional and knowledgeable. We stated at the Casa Ocean Pier on Santa Cruz and the Wooden Lodge on Isabela, both at the more modest end of the pricing but both very nice places. We appreciated being right in the center of town in Puerto Ayora but it was noisy (dogs barking etc) as you might expect a downtown location to be - bring earplugs! However the location was hard to beat being near all the restaurants and the pier in the evening. The only other comment I would make is that I agree with the other reviewers - bring lots of sunscreen, clothing that covers every part of you from the sun, and lots of Dramamine! The swell on the sea is pretty large and you spend a lot of time in boats!
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