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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!

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Galapagos Islands Tours & Itineraries

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

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

Sea Lions Playing Under the Waves
Map of Best of Ecuador: Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days
Best of Ecuador: Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days

This whirlwind trip takes you to many of Ecuador's top highlights in a single week. Stroll the colonial streets of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stand on the equator at Mitad del Mundo. Then it's off to the Galapagos Islands for four days of hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and relaxing on the beach. From snow-capped peaks to deep waters filled with sea turtles and penguins, this diverse itinerary has something for everyone.

Viewing giant tortoises in their native habitat is a highlight of the Galapagos.
Map of Galapagos Cruise: Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling & Hiking - 11 Days
Galapagos Cruise: Wildlife Watching, Snorkeling & Hiking - 11 Days

Cruising around the Galapagos Islands — viewing extraordinary wildlife and natural sights by day while motoring between islands at night — is one of the best ways to experience these magical islands. On this tour, you'll visit 11 islands in the famed archipelago, observing birdlife, sea lions, marine iguanas, sharks, giant tortoises and an array of other creatures.

Best of Peru Tour & Galapagos Cruise - 12 Days
Map of Best of Peru Tour & Galapagos Cruise - 12 Days
Best of Peru Tour & Galapagos Cruise - 12 Days

Discover ancient ruins, colonial architecture, fantastic food, and folk culture in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and iconic Machu Picchu.  Then hop aboard the luxurious Galapagos Legend—the only cruise boat in the Galapagos with an on-deck swimming pool—for a multi-island expedition to observe the birds, iguanas, and sea creatures that make this place so special.

Blue-footed boobies
Map of Galapagos Island Hopping: San Cristobal & Santa Cruz - 5 Days
Galapagos Island Hopping: San Cristobal & Santa Cruz - 5 Days

If you're short on time but don't want to cut back on experiences, this 5-day island hopping trip to the Galapagos is for you. Fly out of Quito, heading for San Cristobal—home of the famous sea lion colony and Kicker Rock. Then, take a speedboat to Santa Cruz, where you'll see giant tortoises and visit an uninhabited island. 

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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...

Seals in the Galápagos Islands
Family Travel in the Galápagos Islands

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Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos
Galapagos Island Hopping in Style: Santa Cruz & Isabela - 10 Days

White-sand beaches, secluded lagoons, and a spectacular array of wildlife await on this luxurious 10-day adventure in the Galápagos. It begins in Quito with sightseeing in the colonial center. Then fly to Isabela Island, where you’ll stay in high-end lodgings and enjoy daily hikes, cycling, and snorkeling excursions. The journey continues on Santa Cruz Island, where you'll walk with giant tortoises and visit uninhabited islands. Here you can observe rare wildlife and relax on the beach before heading home.

Pinnacle Rock in the Galápagos Islands
Map of 5 Days in the Galápagos Islands - 4 Unique Itineraries
5 Days in the Galápagos Islands - 4 Unique Itineraries

With five days to spend in the Galapagos Islands, travelers have a variety of options. Choose a land-based tour that takes you to the archipelago's highlights for outdoor adventures and birdwatching, or go on a cruise that focuses on a particular interest area, like nature or wildlife. If you're certified, opt for a diving trip with daily excursions underwater to see reef sharks, sea turtles, seahorses, and more. Whichever itinerary you choose, you're sure to enjoy the natural beauty of this magnificent island chain. Read on to learn more about your options.

White sands and turqouise waters of the Galápagos Islands
How Many Days Should You Spend in the Galápagos Islands?

The best way to see as many of the 19 major islands that comprise the Galápagos is on a two-week tour. However, you can still pack in the best of Darwin's famed isles on a 10-day excursion that includes wildlife spotting and active adventures. Even five days allows for a quick island hop and highlights tour that covers some major sights and makes for an unforgettable experience.

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10 Days in the Galapagos Islands - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Mathias Onisseit
active 19 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...

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Travel specialist Alvaro Pereira
active 15 hours ago

Alvaro Pereira

Traveling and getting to know new and exciting places have always been my biggest passion. I believe that Ecuador, Galapagos, Colombia and Peru are such vast locations filled with special sites,...

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Travel specialist Linda Schulz
active 18 hours ago

Linda Schulz

Originally from Germany, I have traveled around the world and lived in Australia, Bangladesh, and finally Ecuador. Ecuador is such a diverse and beautiful country, so I soon fell deeply in love...

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Travel specialist Lucia Cazar
active 15 hours ago

Lucia Cazar

I started to travel, camping, and go on excursions (especially in natural environments) since I was 10 years old - since then I have never stopped. Before I started my studies in Tourism and...

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Trip Reviews for Galapagos Islands

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Astrid was a terrific local guide and so know...
Galapagos Islands | Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2023

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Stuart K.
Apopka, FL | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

Astrid was a terrific local guide and so knowledgeable.
The various islands were great choices. read more

Astrid was a terrific local guide and so knowledgeable.
The various islands were great choices.

Hotel Reviews
La Casona de La Ronda
Quito
Authenticity & Character
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Golden Bay
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Ikala Galapagos Hotel
Puerto Ayora
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel
Tababela
Authenticity & Character
Location
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Receptionist was a bit abrupt. Also, we got bumped from the snack room because they had a large party.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

First rate service for independent travelers
Galapagos Islands | Dec 17 - Dec 29, 2022

Allison
Allison C.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Alvaro was a super specialist! We've never worked with a planner before and always did our own travel planning. Ecuador and the Galapagos seemed a little daunting to us, so we enlisted some help. Alvaro's help expanded from just Galapagos to our entire trip. He was always available to answer questions, make suggestions, follow up, check in with us, and send messages along the way as we geared up for our trip. We loved having a virtual call so we could go over what activities we enjoy doing... read more

Alvaro was a super specialist! We've never worked with a planner before and always did our own travel planning. Ecuador and the Galapagos seemed a little daunting to us, so we enlisted some help. Alvaro's help expanded from just Galapagos to our entire trip. He was always available to answer questions, make suggestions, follow up, check in with us, and send messages along the way as we geared up for our trip. We loved having a virtual call so we could go over what activities we enjoy doing the most and then Alvaro making suggestions and worked on a few revisions to make sure it was perfect.
I was not prepared for the level of support! We had tour guides at every junction guiding us to our next hotel, our flight, greeting us, and helping us check in. Our guides and drivers were all knowledgeable, friendly, and must be the best in the business! I would highly recommend any traveler, even a very experienced traveler, to use Alvaro and the Kimkim team to plan a memorable trip to any locale.
Our favorite places and memorable guides:
Napo Cultural Center, Yasuni National Park--Canopy tour, guide Sergio
Quito City tour--guide Christian, Cooking class at Alta Mira hostel with Chef Karen
El Provenir Hacienda--Cotopaxi hiking with guide Christian
Galapagos--Los Tuneles tour and snorkeling

Hotel Reviews
Hacienda El Porvenir
Machachi
Authenticity & Character
love the cozy fireplaces and the natural setting near the mountain
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
hot water bottles at night, exceptionally clean
Napo Cultural Center
Quito

Wonderful activities to do and explore with your guide just outside your door...viewing wildlife, canopy tour, night hike. The food was wonderful and the staff working here show tremendous pride in what they do and care immensely in a guest's experience, while also fostering a caring atmosphere and family for staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
incredibly attentive to all details and showing so much pride in their work and staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Had all the comforts of home, just in the Amazon river basin!!
Activity Review
Wildlife Encounter at Los Tuneles (Cabo Rosa)
Galapagos Islands

Our guide was fantastic--Peter. He was very invested in making sure we saw wildlife and we were safe in the water. Super engaging and made the trip enjoyable and time go so fast!

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Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito, Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Hello Allison!

I must say that it was truly fantastic to work together on crafting a one-of-a-kind journey for you, there is something so special about Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands that you have taken with you, and I am so happy that you were able to experience such a unique time in the Enchanted Islands.

Warm hugs from your local friend!
Alvaro

Exceptional service, exceptional vacation!
Galapagos Islands | Dec 9 - Dec 22, 2022

Barb
Barb M.
Forest Hills, MI | Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

We could not have been happier with the service we received from the kimkim team! Lucia and Angel responded immediately to our questions before and during our travel. Every possible effort was made on their part to ensure we had a safe and exciting vacation with exceptional guides at every turn.

Our time in Peru was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We had an amazing tour of Lima (thank you Juana!), an educational Sacred Valley tour (thank you Henry!). Lucia and Angel reserved Andre as... read more

We could not have been happier with the service we received from the kimkim team! Lucia and Angel responded immediately to our questions before and during our travel. Every possible effort was made on their part to ensure we had a safe and exciting vacation with exceptional guides at every turn.

Our time in Peru was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We had an amazing tour of Lima (thank you Juana!), an educational Sacred Valley tour (thank you Henry!). Lucia and Angel reserved Andre as our Machu Picchu guide and he was perfect for us. Andre taught us about Incan culture and history as well as the integration of Incan beliefs into everyday Peruvian life. This was a highlight of our stay in Peru.

Juan Carlos led an exceptional excursion in Cusco and we can personally recommend his services. There were extenuating circumstances during our Cusco stay but Juan Carlos and the kimkim team made sure that we remained comfortable and cared for without interruption.

Off to Ecuador where we were treated like royalty by Angel and Sebastian in Quito. The next morning, we flew to the Galapagos and the attention from the kimkim staff did not disappoint. Rita was attentive to our every need (drivers, boat transfers, flights, ferries) --- she could not have done more for us! Julio (our guide for nature hikes) was knowledgeable, humorous and energetic.

Definitely take the snorkeling trip to the uninhabited island and try to secure Ricardo as your guide. He and the boat captain went above and beyond to create a memorable experience for everyone. The food and staff on board the Nautilus were friendly and accommodating in every detail.

Our final stop was at the Middle of the World where Marco provided an interesting and amusing tour. We truly enjoyed our time with him. Before we boarded our flight home, Angel took the time to meet us personally at the airport and share much-deserved hugs and farewells.

Because of an unexpected event in Peru, we were unable to meet our daughter on the Galapagos Islands as stated on our original itinerary. Lucia and Angel not only ensured that she was able to participate in the activities as planned, they also rescheduled events for us back in Peru until we could join her. We were never concerned for her safety and she even got one-on-one tours from the guides on the Galapagos Islands.

A final observation: You will not be disappointed with the service provided by this kimkim team. Lucia and Angel managed everything: meals, tickets, transfers, taxis, luggage transport, tours, entrance fees... the list is lengthy! You will be well taken care of and can be secure knowing that your agents are on top of every activity, hotel, and transportation need.

No one could have asked more from Lucia and Angel. We recommend them --- and the tour they created for us --- without reservation!

Happy travels to Peru and Ecuador, everyone!
Barb and Dan

Hotel Reviews
Union Hotel Cusco
Cusco

Great food, excellent and attentive staff. Fun location near the mercado and a short walk from the plaza.

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Arawi Miraflores Prime
Lima

Location in a funky part of Lima: short walk to Larcomar and Miraflores park.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Excellent breakfast buffet!
Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado
Urubamba

Gorgeous setting, fabulous food, great staff. The room itself was basic, but we were outside most of the time. Beautiful setting near mountains and the river. The town of Ullantaytambo is not remarkable, but it's lively and interesting!

Authenticity & Character
Location
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Maritza was a lot of fun. We enjoyed everyone, but she was very kind and friendly!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kitu Hotel
Quito
Authenticity & Character
Definitely a boutique hotel. We were on the 4th floor (walk up) and our drive and guide carried our heavy bags all the way up for us!!
Location
Beautiful night time view from the balcony
Staff
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Hotel Villa Laguna
Puerto Ayora

Great pool!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very close to the piers and the nightlife and the music and the plaza and the restaurants!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Isamar Hotel
Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela

Sea breezes lulled us to sleep!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right on the beach. Nice.
Staff
Stored our luggage, put out a great breakfast buffet, provided extra towels: they couldn't have been nicer or more attentive!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Afternoon Highlights of Lima- City Tour
Lima

We had a unique experience due to political upheaval --- our guide kept us safe and informed!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Juana was excellent
Cusco - The Sacred Valley
Peru

We enjoyed an amusing and educational tour of the area and the peoples of Cusco!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Maras & Moray Tour
Peru
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Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu - Cusco
Peru

We were blown away by Andre and our experience at the citadel. Mystical, practical, humorous, intelligent... an indescribable experience.

Quality of Experience
Everything was ready for us: train tickets, bus tickets, knowledgeable tour guide. It was perfect.
Food
We ate at Toto's. Good lunch buffet. Avoid the drink "Machu Picchu" unless you like toothpaste or mouthwash!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Andre was amazing!
Transport
Colonial Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo (Center of the World) Monument
Quito

Marco was hilarious and was a good sport while we practiced our Spanish and asked him to take photos.

Quality of Experience
Great tour on site; the woman was humorous and intelligent
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thank you Marco!
Transport
Explore an Uninhabited Island
Puerto Ayora

We were unprepared for the amazing the boat ride! Schooner to the island, hike to a spectacular view, snorkeling with penguins and sharks and sea lions. And they never stopped feeding us on the boat!! Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack. Lovely voyage!

Quality of Experience
I love boat rides. That was enough for me. The hike and snorkeling were extras. :)
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ricardo crushed it! Concerned about the environment, intelligent, worked well with the entire group.
Transport
Woohoo! Sailboat!
Dinner by the Sea
Galapagos Islands

Delightful night time boat shuttle to an adorable restaurant.

Quality of Experience
The food was exceptional, great cocktails, loved being near the water
Food
We upgraded to lobster. Worth it!
Transport
Short ferry ride and you're there
Breeding Center & Wetlands of Isabela Island
Galapagos Islands

One of the highlights of the islands! If you want to see tortoises, take this tour!

Quality of Experience
This was a must-see for us. LOTS of tortoises to see.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Julio showed us flamingos, Darwin finches, different flora and fauna of the Galapagos. We arrived when the tortoises were being fed and that was a bonus for sure!
Transport
Well, we walked.
Local specialist: Lucia Cazar
Lucia
Lucia Cazar
Local specialist in Ecuador | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

OMG Barb and Dan, this is such a beautiful review, just like you guys!!
I am really happy that you had a wonderful experience with us :)
it was lovely meeting you guys I will appreciate those memories forever, especially your day of arrival in Quito and that perfect dinner night!!!
I hope you can come back soon since Amazon is waiting for you, I know the next time you will be speaking Spanish that will enhance the experience in a memorable way!
It's hard to put in words everything I felt... read more

OMG Barb and Dan, this is such a beautiful review, just like you guys!!
I am really happy that you had a wonderful experience with us :)
it was lovely meeting you guys I will appreciate those memories forever, especially your day of arrival in Quito and that perfect dinner night!!!
I hope you can come back soon since Amazon is waiting for you, I know the next time you will be speaking Spanish that will enhance the experience in a memorable way!
It's hard to put in words everything I felt reading this, I am really grateful to have this job where I can Meet travelers like you who become close friends!
Thank you for being so kind and nice all the time!
PS: Pictures are amazing I love them!

Warm regards, and come back soon,
Lucia and Angel.