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Introducing Galapagos Islands

Travel to the Galapagos Islands
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is a life-changing experience, whether you visit the islands alone, with your partner, with family or friends. There are several travel options to discover the Galapagos. The best and most popular way is by cruising the islands on board yachts and ships. Another alternative is a hotel-based program from the three main ports in Galapagos.

What makes the Galapagos so unique
These remote and isolated islands are home to endemic and unique species. During the daily excursions, you'll have the opportunity to experience close encounters with amazing wildlife, fearless of human beings. Each island will bring something new to your experience. The Galapagos Islands were also recently declared a marine sanctuary!

Galapagos Islands Travel Insights

Green turtle swimming underwater in the Galapagos Islands
Best of The Galapagos Islands: Top Places To Visit

The Galapagos Islands are a diverse set of islands off the coast of Ecuador full of distinct wildlife, idyllic beaches, and incomparable visitor sites that offer a range of interesting activities—from hiking, to snorkeling, close-ups with pre-historic looking animals, kayaking and treks across volcanic islands—to name a few of the endless possibilities. This one-of-a-kind destination is a must when visiting Ecuador.

View of Puerto Ayora.
Galapagos Islands Land-Based Adventure Tour: 6 Days

Land-based tours are a more economical and comfortable alternative to cruising the Galapagos. This 6-day itinerary takes in the highlights of the three main inhabited islands — from watching giant tortoises to hiking around an active volcanic crater and snorkeling with penguins and sharks.

Isabela Island, Galapagos
Galapagos Islands Land-Based Adventure Tour: 10 Days

This 10-day trip will take you to the best the Galapagos has to offer. Immerse yourself in the wildlife, culture and unique ecosystem of the archipelago as you see the sights by bike, by foot and in the water. This extraordinary week includes snorkeling with sea lions, tropical fish, and beautiful manta rays. On land, there will be numerous chances to observe giant tortoises and other amazing creatures in this one-of-a-kind destination.

sea lions swimming in the waters of the Galapagos
Galapagos Land-Based Tours: Suggested Itineraries

Planning to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and spot the extraordinary wildlife on the Galapagos Islands? A great way to make this journey is on a land-based tour: sleeping in hotels by night and shuttling between the islands by day. In between, you’ll have the chance to spot giant tortoises in their native habitat, snorkel with sea lions, hike up an active volcano and spend time experiencing the culture of these Enchanted Islands.

Pelican and a Galapagos Cruise Ship.
Galapagos Cruises: Suggested Itineraries

From snorkeling with sea turtles and hiking up a dormant volcano to spotting giant tortoises and penguins, a journey to the Galapagos brings an array of incredible sights and activities. With a cruise, you’ll get further from the main islands, and there’s no need to pack each day for a new hotel as your accommodation and transportation are combined. Use this guide to get the most out of your Galapagos cruise.

Shark in the Galapagos
Ultimate Guide to Diving in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are spectacular in so many ways, but even more so underwater. The seascapes of reefs, ledges, walls and extinct volcanic craters are teeming with wildlife – from sea lions and marine iguanas to turtles and schools of hammerhead sharks. This guide tells you all you need to know to discover one of the world's best diving destinations.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Galapagos Islands
Travel specialist Mathias Onisseit
active 13 hours ago

Mathias Onisseit

Originally from Germany, in 2010 I set out to explore South America and soon fell in love with the super-diverse country named Ecuador (and its neat little attachment Galapagos). What fascinates me...

Travel specialist Sina Städeli
active 5 hours ago

Sina Städeli

Originally from Switzerland, I found my way to the Galapagos Islands the first time in 2014 when I traveled around Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia. Since then I came regularly to Galapagos & finally moved...

Travel specialist Gabor Csizmadia
active 14 hours ago

Gabor Csizmadia

I believe that learning about cultures, traditions, and languages are among the most amazing things our world has to offer. I like trying out new cuisines, and meeting the local people all around...

Travel specialist David Torres
active 7 days ago

David Torres

Galapagos Naturalist Guide. Jungle Expert & Andean Explorer As a traveler, I'm interested in finding the unusual and authentic experiences in each destination. I love to try new and strange...


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Photography on the Galapagos Islands

I am interested in photography of nature, people and towns. On land and underwater. I plan to stay on three islands and would like help with guides and day or multiple day dive trips. I can extend my stay to 60 days total time on the islands to see most...

Traveler visited Galapagos Islands in May 2017

5 days Galapagos Experience plus Quito City Tour

I want to travel to Galápagos islands with my grandson. It could be with cruise for four or five days. Flying in from Quito or Guayaquil. Please send a suggested itinerary to travel between 23 June and July 3. Also interested in City tour of Quito and to...

A couple visited Galapagos Islands in June 2017

Galapagos 4 day tour, starting from Guayaquil

We will be in Manta, Ecuador around the 17th. We were wondering the options for Galapagos tours. Would like to fly out of Guayaquil. I am unaware of the options to travel to the Galapagos and if the hotels are on the island. I am interested in...

Group of 3 friends visited Galapagos Islands in June 2017