The most common question that people have asked about this trip has been “How do you get started making all of these decisions?” I can only share how we made our decisions. But perhaps our tale will get you started on your own path. Keep in mind that this trip occurred in September, 2009; prices and options will certainly vary. Also, what mattered to us may not concern you a whit. Reader discretion is advised!
If you haven’t already read it, you might want to check out my “Choosing a cruise” page too. Lots of helpful information and links about things to consider when trying to make this huge decision!
Note that, because we went with Exploritas (formerly, Elderhostel and currently Road Scholar), we didn’t make any decisions about the cruise. They have been using the Tip Top fleet for years, so we just went with that. However, since our trip, I’ve learned a lot about all of the choices that people face when starting from scratch. One of the most basic decisions is how to travel around the islands—land-based tours (a.k.a., island hopping) or on a live-aboard boat? It’s a really important decision, and people often feel at a loss about how to think about traveling around the islands. It’s so important that I’ve written an entire page just about some of the issues or questions you might be wondering about; click here. I certainly don’t pretend to know all of the answers; but I know a lot of the really basic questions about cruises.
But choosing a cruise isn’t the only decision you have to make. Here are the topics you’ll find on this set of pages, along with their page numbers:
- the travel company (p. 2)
- the season—including some discussion of El Niño (p. 3)
- trip insurance (p. 4)
- extra days in Quito (p. 4)
- help on the Internet (p. 4)
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