Hello fellow travelers,
I desperately need some help/guidance in planning a trip for my spouse and I to the Galapagos on a budget.
We are both between 30-35, experienced travelers, love wildlife and nature (in the wild), enjoy activities (light hiking, snorkeling, etc.) but also enjoy relaxing on a beach and swimming. I personally enjoy off the beaten path and exploration kind of trips where my spouse has asked for a more relaxed vacation than what we are used to so after some research I believe the Galapagos is the perfect balance between the two (not to mention I have dreamed of always travelling here). The problem I am finding in my searches for trips is the price, I completely understand why the price is so high and that if I booked the boat when I arrived or did land based travel I would save significantly but I want to do something different for this trip and book the boat in advance because we have limited time for travel and would hate to be disappointed if we couldn't find anything.
We would like to travel for up to 10 days leaving between April 13-16, 2017 to optimize on the Easter holiday (which I am sure many others are doing as well). We may or may not do some extra stays on one of the islands or back on the main land.
Main Question: Can anyone recommend a company that offers trips to the Galapagos (international flights not included) that is respectable and reasonably priced. My ideal budget is $2000 CAD a person or less (I know its low). I am not particular on what islands we visit but would like to go on a tour where we can see of the famous penguins of the area.
Thank You in advance for any guidance or help.