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Lori and Sylvio of VoyageWriters.com join me to discuss all things Galapagos. Ever thought about taking a trip there? They've got some great advice from their own travels and will help you avoid some mistakes you could potentially make.

In this episode we'll discuss:

  • Recent travels to Vancouver and Mexico City
  • Flying to TBEX in Billings, Montana
  • Maple on the Map Radio Show
  • The origins and philosophy of Voyage Writers
  • Why Galapagos? And why now?
  • The experience of the wildlife and the landscapes
  • How long should someone plan on being in the Galapagos Islands?
  • History and biodiversity
  • Getting around Galapagos
  • Having a certified guide to get around
  • The fees, regulations, and restrictions
  • Finch Bay Lodge and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  • The wildlife seen
  • Observational distance
  • Controlled tourism
  • No plastic, no dirt, no food, and large fines for violations
  • Health Insurance requirement and importance of travel insurance
  • Do you need spending money and if so, what kind, and where do you get it?
  • Using an agency versus doing it on a budget and DIY
  • The cost of the trip (with Ecuador included)
  • Best time of the year to visit
  • The landscapes of the islands from desert to tropical jungle
  • Waiting lists?
  • Hitting the 7 continents, Thailand and South Africa
  • Flying to the Arctic
  • What kind of camera to take
  • Government link to restrictions (see episode resources below)

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