How it works:
- One issue when booking tours with local tour operators on the Canary Islands is that you can be a victim of the age old tour operator practice of price discrimination. For instance, you can end up paying double of others on the same tour are paying if you do not know the market rates.
- In other cities (e.g. Barcelona), you may need to watch out for unlicensed operators or guides. They are not necessarily a scam, but there are risks involved (e.g. not being trained/equipped, not having the appropriate safety measures/insurance, not having certain access, not being able to seek recourse, not refunding, etc).
Places to beware:
- Gran Canaria
What to do:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe) – popular tours include: