VIVA Travel Guides Galapagos Islands Paperback – 31 May 2011
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I went to the Galapgos Islands a few months ago and it would have been great to have had this guide book with me back then. My time on the islands
was very enjoyable - had a great tour and saw wonderful wildlife; stayed at good budget places (coincidentally many recommended by Viva, and I have to say I agree with their recommendations) and enjoyed the food. My enjoyment of the trip was undoubtably increased by the fact that I did a lot of research about the islands, going through lots of internet sources - had the book been published earlier, it would have saved me a lot of time as though I still wouldn't ignore other sources, the book contains a wealth of information about travelling to/from/through the islands that I think would be essential for anyone (budget travellers through to divers and luxury-class travellers) considering visiting the Galapagos.
The guide provides good, comprehensive information about the different hotels, restaurants, islands and the wildlife inhabitants of the different islands (land- and marine-based), and about the background and types of wildlife you would be likely to see at each location. Had I had this book beforehand, it would have been extremely helpful in enabling me to find exactly the right tours for me. It also provides interesting stories about various aspects of the history of the islands and animals which help the visitor to appreciate the islands even more.
During my trip to the Galapagos, I did not particularly think much of Quito - probably because I didn't do much research about what to see and do in the city. This book is also extremely helpful in this regard as it gives a good overview of what can be done in this and other cities, as well as other parts of the country for any traveller who might have a few extra days on their hands.
I will go back to the Galapagos again one day because they are wonderful islands, and I will be taking a copy of this guide book with me.