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Queen Beatriz Galapagos Cruise Dummies Guide

Take a peak at this guide of the basics to consider when visiting the Galapagos aboard the Queen Beatriz Galapagos Cruise

Traveling aboard a modern Galapagos cruise is one of the best ways to experience the Islands. A Galapagos cruise that was recently released and provides top class service full of luxury and adventure is the Queen Beatriz. For those that have already done the research and decided this is the best option, the Queen Beatriz Galapagos Cruise Dummies guide is made for everything booking related. Here you will find all the information to make the booking experience as pleasant and simple as possible.

This guide is based on wisdom of twelve years of collecting information from THOUSANDS of previous costumers that have booked the Grand Queen Beatrice cruise and others. There are specific procedures and need to know information to make this process efficient as possible. As as you read, you will gain a new perspective on everything that needs to be taken into consideration. Without further ado, the Queen Beatriz Galapagos Cruise Dummies Guide.

Is the Grand Queen Beatriz right for you?

The first step in exploring your options of a Galapagos vacation is by deciding between a few primary factors. These include your vacation travel period, vessel, and itinerary! Make absolutely certain that the Queen Beatrice is right for you in these aspects. Carefully examine all details and facilities of the cruise. Pay special attention to the itinerary.

Most of the time, the inspiration to choose a specific cruise comes from a recommendation from a family member raving about their Galapagos trip and which ship they took. That was the case for my family, and it was not until later that I realized there were so many more choices!

With so much variety, we always encourage those looking into Galapagos to expand their horizon and keep the options open. This is because one shoe does not fit all, and there are A LOT of “shoes” in the Galapagos Islands. All have different perks, price points, capacities, sizes, and styles. With that being said, the Grand Queen Beatriz is a world-class ship, and the adventure will be fantastic. Once you have your eyes set on this vessel, it will be hard to sway your opinion!

If the vast amount of choices and ships are overwhelming, do not be afraid to talk with the GreenGo travel advisors. They will rapidly narrow down the trip based on what factors are most important to you.

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Exploring outside the Galapagos Islands

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Maccu Piccu Inca Trail
Whether you are coming from near or afar, it is definitely worth spending an extra day or two of planning to see what else the country has to offer. Galapagos is isolated, and by no means is it representative of all of Ecuador and the surrounding countries such as Peru and Colombia.

For those that are not in a rush to jump in and out of the pool, I highly recommend to all spending a few extra days exploring Ecuador or Peru like I did.

If you are going to spend the money and time flying to South America, why not divest a bit of time into exploring the surrounding areas. There is a ton to offer, and you will not regret it.

After our Galapagos trip, my family and I went to Cuzco, and then hiked a few miles of the Inca trail of Machu Picchu.

The trip would not have been nearly the same without this last stretch of the vacation, as it was absolutely breathtaking every step of the journey.

One or Two Extra Days. Do Not Rush!

The landscape of Ecuador is incredibly diverse, and at the same time very easy to rapidly traverse. It is highly recommended that you visit a twenty four to forty eight hours in advance to not only acclimatize but also avoid delayed flights that could ruin your Galapagos travel plans. By coming early, you will both avoid the anxiety of potential delays, and also get over any travel grogginess before the most important part of the trip. If you extend a day or two, you can easily schedule day tours of the main cities and capitals of Ecuador, Quito and Guayaquil. If this idea piques your interest and you want to explore even more, the possibilities are limitless. Take a peak here for information about Quito and here for information about Guayaquil.

Explore a Little More

Ecuador contains one of the most mega diverse areas in the world, the Amazon Rainforest. This area in Ecuador is argued to have the largest diversity in plants per square kilometer compared to anywhere in the world!

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An amazonian native utilizing a blow gun. These weapons rely solely upon respiratory strength, a hollow tube, and light projectiles such as darts.

Other possible visits include the culture rich Andean Highlands, pristine cloud forests, and beautiful coastal regions. Disclaimer, some customers might find the coastal side of the country repetitive after returned from the Galapagos.

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Pristine beach along the Ecuadorian coast.

This is because the Islands contain some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, the main difference on the coast is that you can spend full days relaxing with a daiquiri in hand. There will likely be a rustic bamboo tiki hut with the signature palm frond roof serving cocktails nearby.  Not to mention a tropical restaurant and bar fifty feet from your chairs serving all the delicious seafood you can imagine. In Galapagos, the beaches are reserved for the conservation of the animals.

For those that want to take the trip to the next level, consider the possibility of visiting exploring Ecuador more deeply or exploring neighboring countries such as Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.

All these countries have world-class destinations and are definitely worth considering. GreenGo Travel currently only offers Peru as an extension to Ecuador trips, offering discounts for combining a Galapagos trip with Peru. Here you can find information about Peru and the Inca Trail!

See What You Want to See!

Of all the parts of the Queen Beatriz Galapagos cruise dummies guide, this advice may be the most important. Many customers have specific ideas for Islands, animals, and places they really want to see in the Galapagos. With this in mind, I highly recommend two tips. One is to do your research on the islands to see what mesmerizes you the most. It is likely that you can see the majority of things you want to see by discussing with an advisor. There is a complete wealth of information in our number of blogs. Take special note on these blogs: The Famous species of the islands, and When to Visit the Galapagos. This information will likely have the greatest impact of when you will want to visit the islands.

The second tip is to have a chat with the GreenGo travel advisors! There is nobody more experienced in Galapagos travels. This is where the twelve years of experience in handling Galapagos vacations will really come in handy for you. Not every desired aspect of the trip be guaranteed based on various factors such as the season visited and the species breeding cycles. However, the advisors will tailor your trip where you are bound to have an amazing voyage nonetheless.

Help our trip advisor’s help you

The more you give the trip advisor, the better they can help you! The trip advisors are like the famous game twenty-one questions, where the magic eight ball guesses what you have in mind by effectively eliminating all possibilities that do not fit. On a Galapagos cruise, these factors involve time frames, budgets, capacities, vessel type, meals, facilities and cabins. Do you have a family? Are you a vegetarian? Can you only visit during summer months? Want a private balcony outside your room? These are all variables that our professional advisors can help you with. The more information that you give, the better your cruise will be!

Early Bird gets the Worm

The Galapagos Islands is a popular destination. Statistics are showing that the popularity isn’t going to go away anytime soon. With this in mind, booking ahead of time is your best bet. Not just one or two months, but rather  booking many months and up to a year or more in advance. For most travelers, a Galapagos adventure is once in a lifetime! With this in mind, many of these travelers are already on the ball. By doing your research and booking well in advance, you will have the best choices as spaces will not have filled up on the cruises. Moreover, flights will be undoubtedly cheaper by booking well in advance. This either means more money in the bank, or more vacation days. Either way, you cannot go wrong by planning ahead.

Queen Beatriz  Galapagos Cruise Guidelines – Travel Insurance

Last but not least, a Galapagos Islands trip is an experience that is not inexpensive. Keeping this in mind, it is important to stay on the safe side and purchase travel insurance. At one point, Ecuador was debating to make this a requirement of entrance into the country. It later decided to drop the idea. Despite this, all responsible travel agencies are heavily encouraging travel insurance. It is best to remove any doubt where high fees or refunds could be an issue with your trip. Insurance is the only way to remove it.  Remember, many cruises provide travel insurance so be sure to look into the web pages of the cruise.

That is it for the Queen Beatriz Galapagos Cruise Dummies Guide. I hope this information was useful. Remember to have fun with your planning, do your research, and book ahead!

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Incredible Vista of a Flight to Ecuador

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About Keenan Ennis

Keenan Ennis studied Conservation and wildlife biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This eventually lead him to a program in Ecuador studying hummingbirds and their keystone nutritional species in the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve. Since, he has worked with the critically endangered Bandurria Andina, or black-faced Ibis of the Andean Páramo. Through his ecological background, he provides an in depth insight into the conservation processes of the Galapagos Islands.

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