Galapagos Alternative


About Galapagos AlterNATIVE

Galapagos AlterNATIVE Locals

We started Galapagos AlterNATIVE as a way to allow people from abroad to experience the Galapagos Islands through the eyes of a couple locals. At Galapagos AlterNATIVE, we believe that we have a truly unique perspective to offer guests in the Galapagos because of our ability to bridge the gap between tourists and locals. The people of the Galapagos Islands are some of its greatest treasures and we hope to introduce you to them as our guests.

Galapagos AlterNATIVE specializes in arranging tours for travelers who would prefer not to spend all their time or money on a big cruiseship. Sleeping onshore allows you to support local businesses and experience the local culture and nightlife. Being land-based also allows for flexibility and independence with your travels.

We are based in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. Our centralized location allows for easy transport between the mainland of Ecuador and many islands of the Galapagos. Each island offers unique opportunities. Some are available only on day trips by boat, while others offer a variety of accommodations for a multi-day visit. All accommodations are clean, friendly, and well-staffed and we can provide lodging options according to your budget and preferences. We will be happy to help you choose flights from Quito or Guayaquil and arrange inter-island transfers by air or by sea.

It is deeply gratifying that we can support local business and restaurants while introducing our guests to all our favorite places. Because you'll have access to the restaurants, lodging and transportation providers that we've come to know and trust, you can be assured that your trip will be filled with good food, lovely accommodations, and great new friends at the most reasonable price around. We find it a great honor and privilege to be in a position to reveal the true Galapagos Islands to our guests. Let us show you the islands we love from the inside.

Who are the members of the Galapagos AlterNATIVE team?

Galapagos AlterNATIVE - Javier and Jill

Javier Moreno Javier's family has a rich history in the Galapagos Islands with members integrated in to many areas of the Galapagos. Javier developed his comprehensive understanding and expertise of the islands as a Galapagos Islands resident. He deeply appreciates and respects the ecology and geology of the Galapagos islands. Javier worked for years in the Galapagos Marine Reserve as a PADI certified Dive Master and guide. He prides himself on being able to select quality naturalists to be your guides, and tour boat operators that share the company's ethos of responsible practices.

Jill was born in the United States and came to the Galapagos Islands to teach English. She fell in love with Javier (and the islands), and the two were married in 2008. Jill had the unique perspective of coming to the Galapagos as an American with poor Spanish skills. She now is fluent in Spanish and enjoys helping English speakers feel at home in the islands.


Lauren is one of our Galapagos AlterNATIVE Itinerary Specialists. She lived in the Galapagos Islands while working on her Master's Degree and is extremely knowledgeable about all of our tours, activites and accommodation options. She is ready to work with you directly to develop the ideal itinerary for your Galapagos tour.

Galapagos Alternative Itinerary Specialist Lorena

Lorena is another of our Itinerary Specialists. She has worked many years in the Galapagos and is currently studying Tourism in Guayaquil. She enjoys helping our Galapagos Alternative travelers create personalized itineraries. We are sure you will find her helpful and knowledgeable about the many options we offer.


Galapagos Alternative Itinerary Specialist Lorena

Maria Andrea came to the Galapagos Islands in 2007 after completing her degree in Tourism. She and her husband met in the Galapagos and are raising their family here. She is always smiling and ready to help.

Sabine is the newest member of the Galapagos AlterNATIVE team of itinerary specialists. She came to the Galapagos in 2011 as a psychology volunteer and, like many of our staff, fell in love with the islands, fell in love with a local, got married and started a family here (not necesarily in that order). She loves conversation, meeting new people and traveling. She has always enjoyed organizing trips for her friends in Brazil and from other parts of the world. For this reason we feel she is a natural fit for a tour company that specializes in personalized attention for its clientele.
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