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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / ECUADOR / PERU

Adventures Afloat: The Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu

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Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
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John Hultin Jan 30, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Packing hint for South America: When I went on this trip 2 years ago, we found that at every airline transfer, they "secured" our checked luggage with a heavy plastic tie-band. When arriving at our destinations, we needed a knife, scissors or fingernail clippers to cut the band. Of course, those were inaccessible inside our luggage. And you can't generally carry those items as carry-on. But they never secured the outer zippered pockets of our checked bags - so I suggest you always keep a small knife or scissors in one of those outer pockets of your checked luggage.


Diana Green Jan 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Thanks for that info, Carol!


Diana Green Jan 23, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Another question: what kind of shoes do you guys wear in your flippers? I was thinking of wearing my keen water shoes. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Carol King Jan 24, 2015 at 09:45 AM

Our boat provided swim fins that were quite flexible so they didn't require anything other than our feet.


Diana Green Jan 23, 2015 at 12:39 PM

How much cash are people thinking of bringing?


Diana Green Jan 22, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Thanks, John!


Diana Green Jan 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM

What are people planning on doing re. telephone service from abroad?
John Hultin Jan 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM

I went 2 years ago - you have several choices. (1) make sure your cell phone is globally enabled, and make sure you are set up with your carrier and make expensive calles - $2.00 or more per minute; (2) install a Skype app on your smartphone and pay a nominal fee (maybe $8 per month), and if you have GOOD WIFI service, you can make calls nearly for free, but reception may not be great; (3) get a prepaid international calling card (available at Walmart), make sure it's good for calling back to the States and use the hotel phone. The hotel will probabaly still charge a connection fee, but your minutes are cheap.
John Hultin Jan 22, 2015 at 11:01 AM

btw, you will have no cell or internet service on the islands unless you're in port (unless the boats have installed an internet connection since I went).


Diana Green Jan 20, 2015 at 01:32 PM

just talked to Holbrook about that: they don't schedule those flights, the yacht does. They said to present your number to the check-in counter before you board the flight
Graham Loynd Jan 21, 2015 at 11:15 PM

Holbrook was the weak link in our Galapagos trip. Hard to find the person in charge, and everything was "someone else's" responsibility. Slow to adapt to itinerary changes, etc. The good thing: the trip was great!


Jennifer Galovich Jan 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM


boy do I second that! I spent weeks after our return getting that straightened out. I was very frustrated that Holbrook did not take care of this,e ven though they had our FF numbers. they only paid attention to miles on the carrier, not the partners.


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16 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
25 Field trips
4 Flights during the program

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