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Galápagos Camping Adventure - G Adventures
Galápagos Camping Adventure - G Adventures
Rather poor
2 reviews
Starts
Quito
+4 Destinations
Galapagos Islands
Ends
Quito
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Highlights

Start and end in Quito! With the adventure tour Galápagos Camping Adventure, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Quito, Ecuador and 3 other destinations in Ecuador. Galápagos Camping Adventure is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Camping, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Boat, Local Transport, Plane
Physical Rating
Active

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  • O
    Written on December 3, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    This review is divided into 3 parts: Galapagos experience, transportation and accommodation, G Adventure experience. Galapagos experience The tour is exactly what it says in the description. You spend about 2 days on each island (Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela). You will see sea turtles, giant turtouses, pinguins, iguanas, flamingos and many other animals. Galapagos is beautiful so you are likely to be happy with your experience. Accommodation and transportation The campsites are very basic. We didn’t have hot water for the most part. The tents are old. We didn’t have sleeping bags, just blankets. So bring your own sleeping bag if you are sensitive to cold weather, because all the campsites are located in highlands (cold&windy). G Adventures uses trucks with wooden benches for transportations. There are no doors, seatbelts. Drivers go 60 - 80 km per hour. So if an accident happens (there are no real hospitals on the islands, just clinics), you are going to get gravely injuries. There was an accident in 2014 on the way to the volcano hike (day 5) when this happened. Other tours operators don’t use open trucks to transport people after that. All the accommodations are very basic and if you book yourself you will not spend more then $40/night. They use Avianca to fly to the Galapagos. It is a very unreliable airline (it is the cheapest). They book the flight that departs at 3am and 6am (on the way back). These flights have a stop over (take much longer). We were delayed both ways for the total of over 10 hours. So full day of our vacation was wasted. Be safe and make sure they book Latam or another airline for you. Or book yourself. Do not fly Avianca. GAdventure They treat their employees very badly. We had only 1 guide. He was with us 16 hours a day every day. He had to do everything from carrying bags, checking tents, holding flashlight, navigating around the islands, working with service providers, etc. Poor overworked people. He had to go to the bars with some of our groups members till 3am (because our safety is his work) and then get up at 5am to deal with whoever got up early to watch the sunrise. They are paid about 1000 dollars a month (minimum cost of meal in Galapagos is 6 US dollars, which lives them with almost nothing for their family). Gadventures says that service is their everything, but they make their employees work long (too long) hours with minimal pay. Overworked people like that should provide good service?! I don’t think so. Calling them CEOs is a joke. Because you are on vacation, you may not notice that, but pay close attention to what you are contributing to. 16 people paid about 2000 dollars for 7 day trip (~32K). They guide gets probably about $250. That’s just not right. GAdventures should pay to their people more and treat them better. I don’t want to have someone slave 16 hours a day so that I can have fun.
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  • N
    Written on March 25, 2017
    1.0 - Bad

    I did not get to experience anything with G Adventures because I will turn 40 before our trip would start. I grew up camping and canoe tripping every summer. I spent my twenties leading people through the wilderness of Northern Ontario by canoe trips... and because I am 40, we cannot do this camping adventure.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for your post Nancy. Sorry this is how it worked out. Yes, we do have one travel style that is age focused to the 18-39 year old demographic, but we do have a number of other travel styles for all ages, tastes etc. Hopefully one of these will work out for you, and you can get to the Galapagos soon. Kind Regards, Lyndon.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1 Quito
  2. Day 2 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
  3. Day 3 Santa Cruz Island/Floreana Island (1B, 1D)
  4. Day 4 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
  5. Day 5 Floreana Island/Isabela Island (1B, 1D)
  6. Day 6 Isabela Island (1B)
  7. Day 7 Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island (1B)
  8. Day 8 Santa Cruz Island/Quito (1B)
  9. Day 9 Quito

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Rather poor by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Meals

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  • Transport

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  • November 1, 2016

    Just wondering what the recommended amount of USD to bring along to the islands is for this trip?

    G Adventures does not have a recommended amount of spending money that they give to their travelers just because each travelers spending habits vary.

    They do recommend bringing an emergency fund of USD $200 to be used when circumstances outside G Adventure's control.

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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 2 months before travel.
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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 1 month before travel.
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Recommended for Ecuador. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Start and end in Quito.
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Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 26 July 2018 the full payment of $1,689 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1689 for Galápagos Camping Adventure, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,896 km.
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • 1,323 km
  • Isla Santa Cruz (Ecuador)
  • 71 km
  • Floreana Island (Ecuador)
  • 90 km
  • Isla Isabela (Ecuador)
  • 88 km
  • Isla Santa Cruz (Ecuador)
  • 1,323 km
  • Quito (Ecuador)

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