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Program #6043RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Steven Carter Apr 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

My wife and I are on the May 11th Galapagos trip. We are spending extra time in Ecuador and I'm wondering if anyone has experience in using a cell phone in the country, and if so, what kind and how did you set it up? Also, what's the best way and safest way to get cash during the trip?
Looking forward to meeting our fellow travelers.
Steve Carter, Portland, OR
Marilyn Turnbull Apr 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Marilyn Turnbull Apr 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I spent an extra day in Quito on my trip. I specifically wanted to visit a town (don't remember name!) reknown for its weaving. I hired a guide through Road Scholar and had a wonderful day. I would highly recommend.
Marilyn Turnbull Apr 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I also made in country calls to my guide. I arranged to do this through Verizon. We had a bit of confusion but finally got it to work. I would call your cell phone provider and ask how to do it. ATMs are the best for getting local money.
Steven Carter Apr 14, 2014 at 01:23 PM

Thank you, Marilyn, for that information. I will see what my cell carrier can do for me.
Felsa Satlow Apr 14, 2014 at 01:37 PM

I called my provider (AT&T) before going on the Feb. 16 trip, and found that called to/from Ecuador were very expensive. So I redirected my cell phone calls to my home number, and ordered $25 worth of data from AT&T. I then took an old unlocked cell phone with an international sim card and set the message on my home phone to say to call that number. I only gave the number to a few close family members. I did text on the trip, and had service in Quito and the bigger islands. Not the smaller ones.

Premium Email Subscriber Apr 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM

Coming from Upstate New York on the May 11th trip to Galapagos, anyone else going?

Robyn Sloan Apr 07, 2014 at 07:57 PM

It is warm enough and safe enough to go barefoot on the boat. I took one pair of water sandals and a light pair of hiking shoes. Some landings are wet and others are dry so you need to be prepared for both. some people brought a pair of flipflops for on deck.
Adrienne Eichenberger Apr 07, 2014 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, Robyn. I always prefer barefoot, so going barefoot on the boat sounds perfect to me ;o)

Adrienne Eichenberger Apr 07, 2014 at 07:46 PM

For those who have been on this is suggested that we bring two pairs of shoes with rubber soles. Is it really necessary to have two pair? I was thinking of bringing one pair of hiking shoes and one pair of water shoes, plus a pair to wear on the boat. Attempting to pack as little as possible. What would you suggest?

Linda Marshall Apr 05, 2014 at 09:22 PM

Linda again. I wanted to go on the extended trip but since I don't have a roommate the cost ea prohibitive. Anyone in that situation? We can go at no additional rooming costs if we sign up as roommates. Linda

Linda Marshall Apr 05, 2014 at 09:19 PM

Hello: I am going on this adventure Nov. 9-14, #6043. Anyone else going who would like to communicate? I would like to arrive early and would like to know if anyone else is planning to do so. Also I am a single and need a roommate. Look forward to hearing from ya-all. Linda M

barbara yoder Mar 31, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I used a large suitcase and had no problems storing it in my room. As for walking sticks, I use them and observe that most people make the mistake of only using one stick. The poles on the Galavan often did not have proper tips and would likely be unmatched if you used two (it's better for your posture and work-out using 2 sticks). I'd buy good telescoping walking sticks with handles you enjoy, pack them in a large suitcase so you have plenty of room for your meager but necessary gear, and enjoy yourself on what is sure to be a wonderful trip. If it isn't too late, you should definitely enroll in the Ecuador extension, a wonderful additional 5 days in the highlands that rivals the time in the Galapagos.

Alice Keane Mar 31, 2014 at 07:12 PM

I used the available hiking sticks that were on the Galavan, and they were fine. Any time Billy suggested taking them, I did, and I was glad I did.

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