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which route? Southern/Central versus Northern/Western

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which route? Southern/Central versus Northern/Western

Hello there! In a nutshell, what are the differences between the two routes? We are having trouble deciding which to take. They both sound great. Appreciate any guidance from folks who have experienced one or both. Thanks!

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Cumbaya, Ecuador
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1. Re: which route? Southern/Central versus Northern/Western


There are big difference but both are incredible experience, I prefer the North Western as you can have one of the best landscapes and great snorkeling experience and of course the main concentration of sea birds, the center islands are great as well all depends if you visit places like Bartolome , James Island and if Genovese is part of it also can be great. hard to decide but I will go for North Western islands . Good luck and take advantage of great prices that are on offer for the COVID


Paul Bustos

Ottawa, Canada
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2. Re: which route? Southern/Central versus Northern/Western

Dear Paisha,

without the details, it's impossible to comment. There is no single South/Central, as there is no single North/West route. There are many variations to each. It may also depend on the time of year, and if/what your particularl interests may be.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkirion

Tucson, Arizona
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3. Re: which route? Southern/Central versus Northern/Western

This is from the Top Questions on the right (not visible on phones) https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294310-i6637-k7474950-Comparing_east_vs_west_itineraries-Galapagos_Islands.html It won't make your decision for you, but help you become better informed.

On my last trip to Galapagos (my second), I made a short list of the things I really hoped to see, found out which islands I would most likely encounter them, then chose the itinerary that would include those sites. The Galapagos Conservancy has a very useful website for this https://www.galapagos.org/ Read the tabs on The Islands and Travel.

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