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Amazon and the Galapagos #296772
03/02/2023 08:21 AM
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Hi all. Looking for input on travel companies that provide Amazon and Galapagos expeditions. Any info is appreciated.

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Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296784
03/02/2023 09:52 AM
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I don't have any info on that topic, but I think I would love to be you!! Looking at trips to South Africa AND the Amazon!! thumbsup


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Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296794
03/02/2023 11:22 AM
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My daughter as part of her "college experience" did a 4 week mini semester in Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Ecuador was a land adventure, but the Galapagos was on a small yacht (16 people)
She said the small boat was great!
Here is an example of the size boat she and her classmates were on: https://www.galapagosislands.com/cruises/yacht (example only)
She went in early January and the weather was perfect

let us know what you decide


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Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: Carol_Hill] #296813
03/02/2023 02:34 PM
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Carol, these are two big trips and as I said, I’m feeling overwhelmed about the planning so I better get started. Thank you for all your work and all of the wonderful participants who are so generous with their knowledge. TomB, thank you. I’ll update as we firm things up.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296815
03/02/2023 02:43 PM
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Good luck!! Sounds exciting!


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Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296830
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We used Aqua Expeditions for an upper Amazon River Tour (https://www.aquaexpeditions.com/cruise-ship/aria-amazon/). It was one of our most memorable trips. Great Naturalists Guides that were excellent, interesting daily tours through the rainforests and tributaries of the river and excellent cuisine on board. Very small groups so we got almost one on one attention.

For our Galapagos tour we went on a 96 passenger Celebrity ship. Which was enjoyable because they broke us down to 16 person groups. There are a number of other tour companies that use small boats with between 8,16 or 32 passengers. Choose the company with boats/ships that most fit your travel style as they all visit essentially the same parts of the same islands.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296835
03/03/2023 07:56 AM
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Thank you, Fletch. I was looking at Aqua Expeditions. It looks like a class act. One question - did you combine these two trips? We were thinking that it might make sense since it is such a long (and expensive) flight to get there. Your thoughts? Also, we’ve never sailed on Celebrity, although we have heard good things about them. Our favorite is Azamara which is similar, I think.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #296847
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We did separate trips but there's nothing to stop you from doing both "back to back" as it could save you on airfare.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: Fletch] #296858
03/03/2023 01:16 PM
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That was what we were thinking.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #297181
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Yes, several of the big brand cruise lines have smaller ships that do the Galapagos. For the best experience you should look for a tour operator that combines 3, 4, 7 night locally based boats and a land package. A&K a is top of the line operator

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: jphart] #297274
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Thank you, Jphart.

Re: Amazon and the Galapagos [Re: JimandBeth] #298405
03/27/2023 09:54 PM
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Odd, I thought related initially to Amazon delivery to Glapagos. Carol, we hope also to return to South Africa this Summer. Been there several times a great place, but so sad to see how the government is ruining it.


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