In my last article on Galápagos, I told you how to have the best once-in-a-lifetime Galápagos experience: a 5-7 night cruise followed by 3-5 nights in a hotel, so that you can relax a bit after your intensive learning and photographing experience on your live-aboard.
So now that you’ve booked your cruise (I hope you chose Haugan, they’re great!), where should you have your relaxation?
Most people have Galàpagos on their bucket list. But when they start to look at all the different ways to see the islands, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out the best plan.
And for a once in a lifetime trip, you want to get it right.
Don’t worry, we have a solution for you!
The first thing to assess is whether you are very prone to seasickness. If yes, your trip planning is simple. Fly to Baltra airport, stay at a Santa Cruz island hotel (though you can puddle jump to Isabella island; as well as fly from the mainland to San Cristobal island). Then book a few day tours, though be aware that most of these involve a boat too …
When people think about Ecuador, the first thing that comes to mind is Galapagos. Maybe then they remember the high-altitude capital city, Quito.
And then they’re probably stumped!
But we recommend you check out Baños, or Baños de Agua Santa (baths of holy water), to use its full name.
Baños, a couple hours drive from Quito, sits in the foothills of the Tungurahua volcano. The volcanic activity means hot water is in abundance and there are several thermal baths available for you to enjoy.
Most tourists to Ecuador spend just one night in Quito, a stopover on their way to see the Galápagos Islands. This is a mistake. Quito has plenty to offer (not to mention day tours outside of the city) and you’d be wise to book several days to explore its highlights. Quito’s historic centre (along with Krakow) was the first world cultural heritage site declared by UNESCO — and they knew what they were talking about.