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The Galapagos Islands – Southern Islands

What Guests Are Saying...

My overall experience was outstanding and I would definitely go on an Orbridge tour again with no hesitation. 

The hotels were exceptional and the food everywhere was outstanding. Also, the coordination and logistics were flawless. There were no hiccups or misses for the entirety of the trip. Guides for both Galapagos & Machu Picchu were absolutely top shelf in terms of knowledge and experience.

–Dan F., Spokane, WA

This was a superb itinerary and was spectacularly organized. We loved the program. Mashpi was terrific, as was the entire trip in the Galapagos - the ship and crew were wonderful - the sights and itinerary were great as well. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Our transfers to Lima, and the trip throughout Peru, including the Machu Picchu trip, were terrific. All of our guides were wonderful. We learned so much and really enjoyed the program immensely. Spectacular!

We would like to travel to many places, but we will come to Orbridge in the future.

–Linda E., Hanover, NH

This was an excellent program, the park guides were just amazing with their knowledge, experience, and precious personalities. We became a little family although we were only together for a few days. The Galapagos Islands are magical and mystical and a once in a lifetime thrill for us. We appreciate all that continues to be done to preserve this unique environment.

–Carla & Louis S., Austin, TX

The Galapagos Islands trip was a bucket list, anniversary trip for me and truly was the trip of a lifetime. The program is polished, professional, educational, active, engaging, and incredibly well organized.

Our naturalists were tireless in their enthusiasm for each new day and experience. I'll never forget the twice daily snorkel opportunities, the scenery above and below the surface of the ocean and the great care each member of the crew or staff took with their respective jobs.

–Knox B., Greensboro, NC

This was our third or fourth trip with Orbridge! We were very satisfied and will not hesitate to book with Orbridge again.

The program was very well designed, well managed, and, above all else, had arrangements to meet our needs and objectives of our travel plan.

We look forward to an opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands again with Orbridge at a different time of year to see the vegetation and the wildlife at a dry part of the year.

–Dale & Kathleen E., Highland Heights, KY

Scientific, historical and cultural experience was amazing. The hikes on the trip were amazing... the contact and interaction with wildlife was extraordinary as were the guides who led us.

The accommodations and service at the hotels and the Isabela II were excellent. The level of customer care is the best I have ever experienced.

From day one to entering security for the trip home, I was well cared for and served.

–Tim J., Worcester, MA

The seamlessness of the arrangements was a great value for this tour. There were many pieces of the tour that Orbridge fit together well. All of the guides in Ecuador and Peru were approachable making it easy to ask questions and have conversations instead of just being talked to.

I can't imagine coordinating a trip of this caliber myself. The hotels were gems and the activities were perfectly paced. I never felt rushed or that an activity was a waste of time. The attention to detail and the knowledge of the guides exceeded my expectations. Everyday was a new adventure to enjoy!

–Shawn & Jeff H., Abington, PA

Traveling with Orbridge was fantastic. They had everything covered. Even though we arrived very late in Quito, they were there with transport to the hotel and there were no glitches. I never had to think about how to do anything, and if we needed anything or had any questions, they were there with the answers.

–Mike & Barb P., Conifer, CO

The guides on the Isabela ll are very knowledgeable and well trained, so every excursion was well planned, exciting and informative. We were impressed and gratified that everyone we encountered on the ship and the islands were serious about the preservation and protection of the environment and its animals and plants.

–Jennifer & JB P., Los Gatos, CA

My wife and I travel a lot, but this was our first organized trip since 1997. Orbridge did a great job in finding excellent guides, great hotels in central locations, and always had wonderful meals, with an awareness of dietary limitations.

–Jon & Rebecca G., Hickory, NC

It was spectacular at every level.

We loved the small boat - perfect size, the variety of opportunities available (each equally great, so at times hard to choose), the guides and staff who were so responsive and knowledgeable, and the logistics coordination - every detail was handled.

We were very pleasantly surprised at how many snorkeling opportunities were available.

–Karen & Steven H., Columbus, OH

Touring the Galápagos Islands while being on the Isabela II was such a highlight! The guides were so helpful and made it so special... they just took care of us! And, with Machu Picchu, our guide took such good care of us and we really enjoyed his guidance, knowledge and passion regarding all that he showed and told us.

Every part of the trip was outstanding! We did not have to worry about anything as it was all covered and planned for.

Orbridge did an amazing job with this trip! I can’t wait to travel with your company again!

–Sally B., Charlotte, NC

Our tour guides and naturalists were awesome. All the water activities and wildlife expeditions were the best! One of the best vacations I have been on. Very well executed trip. It was like paradise!

–Cheryl A., Plano, TX

When we received the brochure, this opportunity resonated with us as a trip we had long hoped to make. This program made it easy to fulfill a dream.

We were very impressed with the efficiency of this program and staff. Everything was taken care of, everything was explained to us, and we always knew what to expect.

We gained so much knowledge and understanding from the naturalists, they were with us all the time, were so friendly and personable.

We would travel with Orbridge again in a heartbeat.

–Randy & Jan W., Brooklyn, MN

All of the guides were excellent—all knowledgeable, friendly, and invariably patient.

This was an outstanding experience, one that I've waited for for a very long time. All of the wildlife amazed and pleased me. Thank goodness for this National Park.

–Dee & Tay F., Lexington, KY

This was my second or third trip with Orbridge and I have been and remain to be extremely pleased with their service. I pay you my highest compliment!

Everything we did was amazing! There just are not enough words to express how pristine and unique and beautiful it was.

Life changing! A dream come true!

–Audrey D., Evans, GA

Our guide in Quito was the perfect. She was so thorough in her explanations and took us to so many interesting places. She made the Quito visit exceptional.

I had never been on a cruise before and did not know what to expect. Everything was so well orchestrated, and I am very impressed with everything.

Our naturalists/guides were all great. They were all filled with so much information, and had answers to all of our questions. Each made sure we were well taken care of.

I especially appreciated the guides' knowledge and willingness to impart. Having a graduate degree in geology, I feel the info in that area was accurate and well tuned to needs of novices. And they were always available.

This program was amazing. Everything was so well managed. A guide was always there to get us from place to place and tend to all our needs. I felt so 'taken care of'. The guides were great, the staff was great, the food was great and the programs were great. This was an experience not to be forgotten.

–James & Lynn M., Clarkesville, GA

I can't say enough great things about this trip! I expected things to go smoothly but I was blown away by how every detail was so carefully thought out. I will treasure the memories forever and I've already recommended Orbridge to four friends planning to travel to Galapagos in 2020.

The program was extremely well-run from beginning to end. Clearly a professional team that puts the enjoyment and experience of the guests above everything else.

The three naturalists on board Isabela II went above and beyond, acting as guides, coaches, friends, and protectors throughout the voyage.

–Laura C., Huntington Beach, CA

Absolutely fabulous trip! I've wanted to go for 45 years and finally did it! I was extremely pleased with Orbridge and am actually looking into more trips with Orbridge. Highlights include the variety of tours offered. The quality of accommodations, travel arrangements, and guides were exceptional!

–Anne G., Columbia, MO

We have traveled with Orbridge on other trips. We have enjoyed each one. The staff and planning are excellent. This was an excellent program. We will recommend it to our friends. This was a "bucket list" trip. It met all of our expectations.

–Valerie & George W., Cypress, TX

We are not experienced with group tour or cruise events and this experience was a fantastic introduction. From beginning to end it was professionally run with very competent and knowledgable individuals.

Favorite highlights include the Quito city tour, the amazing variety of hikes and boat rides to view the incredible wildlife and birds of the Galapagos. The snorkeling opportunities were fantastic, especially snorkeling from the pangas.

We can't think of one thing that we would have changed—it was all good.

–Mary Ellen H., Portland, OR

This was a bucket list trip for me and a dream come true. I was impressed with this program from start to finish and the efficiency and professionalism exhibited by all the support staff from guides to ship crew to porters to bus drivers to hotel staff. The highlights, besides the natural wonders of the Galapagos and the architectural masterpiece of Machu Picchu and surrounding Cloud Forest, were without a doubt the first rate guides leading both of these programs. They were knowledgeable, professional, inspiring and clearly proud of their countries and cultures. They truly made this trip the success it was.

–Beth S., Bowling Green, KY

I was impressed with the program and how it was executed. Everyone was “on board” in experience and involvement for the passengers and their needs. I felt the crew and the staff cared about the passengers and their experiences. I didn’t expect the quality of service and was very pleased.

The highlights were the panga excursions around the lava rocks, snorkeling and hiking to the nesting areas of the albatross, red-footed and blue-footed boobies. The blowhole hike and the walk among the seals was so exciting.

I thank everyone involved and hope to travel to this destination again.

–Therese C., Rose Hill, KS