Chartering your own yacht is a great way to see this Unesco World Heritage Site. These boats can be chartered on a crewed basis. Bare boat charter is not possible. Due to high demand, charter reservations must be made well in advance.
"That these tortoises are the victims of a penal, or malignant, or perhaps a downright diabolical enchanter, seems in nothing more likely than in that strange infatuation of hopeless toilâ€¦I have known them in their journeyings ram themselves heroically against rocks, and long abide there, nudging, wriggling, wedging, in order to displace them, and so hold on to their inflexible path. Their crowning curse is their drudging impulse to straighforwardness in a belittered world." (Herman Melville)
Dear Laura -- We spent 10 days in Quito and Otavalo after our Galapagps cruise, so only returned late Monday night. We enjoyed staying at the Grand hotel Guayaquil; it was comfortable and quiet and you got us a good price on the room, so we were totally satisfied with those arrangements. Overall, we loved the Galapagos trip and were sorry we did not go for the entire week, instead of the 5 days/4 nights. Our guide (Alex) was great and so was the food on board, and our accommodations were comfortable.........
Elaine F, USA