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You can't hitchhike to the Galalpagos. If you are trying to do things on the cheap your best bet is to turn up to Guayaquil in Ecuador. From here they have boats cruises that depart on tours around the Galapagos. If you have time on your hands you can hang around and wait for a boat tour where they haven't sold all of the spaces. Depending on demand, you ...


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It seems the boats are leaving from Guayaquil and take 3 to 4 days. A page of the Galapagos Voyagers web site, gives some information about this. These are cargo boats that supply the islands with food and other goods required for all the tourists. One of the two companies that run these boats was the owner of the oil tanker that caused the 2001 Galápagos ...


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One thing to add to Kizzle's answer is that Tourism to the Galapagos is highly regulated. The number of visitors is limited and all tours visiting the area are counted, registered etc, since 98% of the land is national park. You cannot visit those areas by yourself, you need a certified guide. So even if you own a boat, you cannot just travel around and ...


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If you want to go anywhere beyond what you can drive to, you need to join a tour or hire your own personal naturalist/guide. That's what my Galapagos guide said anyway. The crew on our ship were pretty good at helping folks in and out of the zodiac boats, but you'll want to evaluate whether this person will find getting in and out of boats too taxing. ...


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I am a native from Ecuador. I have been in the Galapagos with my nieces and nephews and I think it will be a great experience for kids (6 and up) if they are young explorers that want to have fun while having activities with an educational approach. Young kids could learn about endangered animals and habitats, and about Darwin and his theory of evolution. ...


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Are you planning on taking a vacation in the Galapagos, and so looking to get your license while doing the vacation? Allow me to recommend against it. The scuba certification ( not technically a license, since most countries are quite willing to let you kill yourself by diving without it, though most dive shops are not willing to help you kill yourself ...


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It was many years ago but that is what I did. After having seeing Galapagos 3D on IMAX, I was amazed and wanted to go to the Galapagos and to experience it fully and make diving part of the experience, despite having never dived before. The main consideration is how much time you have in the Galapagos. I only had three weeks there and so I took my course at ...


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It depends! I am sure you can travel in a way that is super interesting and not too stressful for you son. This would mean flying the long distances between southern Peru and Ecuador, staying in nice hotels and don't travel too far overland every day in a rental car. But of course, all that has it's price. If you want to use public transport and stay in ...


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Getting a scuba certification in Galapagos is not hard to do. We teach it at our dive center located in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. It takes three days and you can register with PADI to do the eLearning portion of the course via the Internet from anywhere. This allows people to get the knowledge review portion of the course completed from their ...


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First off, it's never going to be 'cheap', unfortunately. There are a few reasons for this. (*these prices correct as of November 2010) The Base If you fly, there's no way around the fixed fare of USD$420 to fly return from Quito or Guayaquil. Then there's the $100 National Park entrance fee. And another $10 for taxes. So we'll ignore all that and ...


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I have recently visited the Galapagos with family having 3 kids, they enjoyed a lot there and Specially Galapagos is the best place to visit. There are no such problems we faced during our tour because of children, as we have already booked out the tour and they include all the important amenities required for small children. Our overall trip was awesome.


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There is no chance to hitch hike a boat to the galapagos islands. We tried it several days to get into the harbour of Guayaquil, but they didn't let us in. You need special permissions (like a register for working on a boat). They got even more strict talking about the galapagos islands. The only way seems to be by airplane.



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