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Galapagos 2018 - Duffle bags?
Post: #1
Hi Vickie
I know I'm a bit early, but when reading through the new brochure I spotted this note on our Galapagos adventure itinerary:

"You may be provided with a duffle bag for your belongings, all luggage is inspected on arrival at Galapagos, and duffle bags make this process easier."

Could you give us a bit more colour on this, please? e.g. Do we have a restricted baggage limit, lower than the usual 20-23kg for all of the Avianca flights on the tour? Does the duffle bag replace our suit cases for the duration of our stay on the Islands and, if so, where will our cases and other belongings be securely stored in Ecuador for those 6 nights? Or, is the Duffle bag just for hand luggage and our normal suitcases will do the whole trip with us?

I know that duffle bags are issued on some other JY tours (Borneo, I believe is one) but I've never come across it before. Not being one who....ahem....finds packing light comes easily......I think this could be a challenge for me - hence the very early enquiry!
Many thanks and have a nice weekend - I understand there's a football match and some young couple getting married tomorrow Wink
Mandy
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Post: #2
Hi Mandy,

Apologies for the late reply on this one, I'm just waiting to find out the info but I have seen your post and passed it on Smile

Thanks,
Vickie
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Post: #3
Thanks Vickie

I've just realised that I put 2018 instead of 2019 in the heading, so you can tell how excited I already am about this trip!

As an aside - I had similar issues to Sylvia with the Customer Services Team when trying to arrange Avianca flight upgrades - it took the best part of two months but I'm all sorted now.

All the best
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Post: #4
(24/05/2018, 12:15 PM)AELB Wrote: Thanks Vickie

I've just realised that I put 2018 instead of 2019 in the heading, so you can tell how excited I already am about this trip!

As an aside - I had similar issues to Sylvia with the Customer Services Team when trying to arrange Avianca flight upgrades - it took the best part of two months but I'm all sorted now.

All the best
Mandy

Hi Mandy

Nice to know it was not just me struggling!

Sylvia
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Post: #5
Hi Mandy

We were not given any holdalls in Borneo! It was suggested we take one but in the end they were not really needed as we were able to take our suitcases on the boat. I personally don't see why we need holdalls in Galapagos when they can easily go through the suitcases the same way?!

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Post: #6
Hi All

The Travelsphere brochure doesn't mention the duffle bag.

On my recent Portugal trip I spoke to a chap who had been to Galapagos with a nature group. He stayed on a boat and mentioned the requirement to travel with a duffle bag. As we are staying in hotels, duffle bag not required?

Look forward to receiving JYHQ advice.

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Post: #7
Hi guys,

Apologies for the wait, I asked a few questions and have the answers:

1) Do we have a restricted baggage limit, lower than the usual 20-23kg for all of the Avianca flights on the tour?
The baggage limit for the Galapagos flight is 23 kg.

2) Does the duffle bag replace our suitcases for the duration of our stay on the Islands?
Yes, if you would like - Duffle bags are provided so passengers don't have to bring all their stuff for the Galapagos, like for example their warmer gear for Quito. But this is not mandatory if they want to use their own baggage that is not a problem.

3) Where will our cases and other belongings be securely stored in Ecuador for those 6 nights?
The baggage will be stored securely at the hotel in Quito where the passengers stay.

4) Is the Duffle bag just for hand luggage and our normal suitcases will do the whole trip with us?
No, the duffle bag would replace the suitcase.

Hope that helps!

Thanks,
Vickie
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Post: #8
I know its not the same, but on some of the tours I have done when there are multiple hotels. We have been asked to put just what we need in a hold-all/back pack. If your in a hotel 1 night you really dont need a big case with you. It makes life so much easier for the driver to not unload 40 bags and collect them 12-14 hours later. I find it nice just to jump off with a few things and not worry about THE CASE.

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Post: #9
Thanks Vickie
So, it looks like the duffle bags are entirely optional then? If so, I think I'll stick to my trusty wheelie case. (More space for the fridge magnets.... Big Grin  ) I was also a bit concerned about the implications of leaving luggage behind in Ecuador, albeit in storage, on my travel insurance cover.

Only 9 months to go now, Sylvia but, as we booked 8 months ago, I think the time will whizz by. Good to hear that you've taken the Chile/Easter Island booking plunge, BTW. I trust you will arm yourself with a copy of JGP's book because I'll be testing you while we are on the flight to Bogota Wink

Happy Friday Everyone!
Mandy
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Post: #10
If it is only for one night then not a problem to use a back pack or duffle bag. I prefer to take my suitcase if it is for more than one night. On this Galapagos trip we are spending the majority of our time on the islands so I would definitely take my suitcase with me!

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