Pink flamingos on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands (Stewart Gregory/Photodisc/Getty)

California sea lions on the Galapagos Islands (Photodisc)

Frigatebird on the Galapagos Islands (PhotoDisc)

Sea Lions on Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands (Michael Melford/National Geographic)

Scalloped Hammerhead shark on the Galapagos Islands (Sami Sarkis/Photographers Choice)

Blue-footed booby on the Galapagos Islands (PhotoDisc)

Galapagos, Islands, in, Ecuador (Design Pics)

Pinncale Rock, Galapagos Islands (iStockphoto)

Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz (iStockphoto)


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Joe Torcivia rates Galapagos
So here's a quick run-down on the Galapagos. It's a cool place, but in order to see everything you need to do a cruise. If you try and book a cruise before your arrival, you will pay around twice as much as if you get there and book a "last minute" cruise. My advice is to book a hotel for 2 or 3 nights on Santa Cruz and then book your cruise at any one of the local travel agents once you arrive. I recommend hotel Sol e Mar, its a nice spot down town with a pool and lots of sea lions. This will also give you time to explore Santa Cruz which has a few nice beaches, lava tubes and tortoises. Getting to the Galapagos is a bit of a pain, since most international flights land in Ecuador in the afternoon, and all flights leave for the Galapagos in the morning. The Courtyard Mariott in Guayaquil is a nice place to spend the night.
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beccathomps7 rates Galapagos
is a great place with unique species I traveled there 4 months ago with Gulliver Expeditions and the cruise was just great mixed with land tours uff just amazing visit them on and enjoy their tours
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