Check out our carefully selected list of the Top 6 Galapagos Islands vacation ideas. Each tour and cruise itinerary provides travelers with a comprehensive experience of the Galapagos Islands. From snorkeling in biodiverse waters, spotting rare species, hiking on the islands, and studying the vast array of plants, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is a one-of-a-kind Ecuador adventure. Combine a Galapagos cruise with a trip to Quito for an itinerary full of nature and city highlights. Another popular combination is Machu Picchu and the Galapagos, on a Peru and Ecuador tour. Customize any of our Galapagos itineraries that allow you to fully discover the epic nature and beauty of this archipelago.
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As the inspiration to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are teeming with incredibly unique flora and fauna. Explore the various volcanic islands and creatures while on our Luxury Galapagos Cruise and Ecuador Train Tour. This luxury tour provides travelers with a comprehensive look at the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador as a whole. With daily excursions to explore the various islands, visiting wildlife sanctuaries, research centers and trekking through out-of-this-world volcanic landscapes, there’s never a dull moment during this top Galapagos Cruise tour. Or consider the Galapagos Islands Legend Cruise, where travelers can tour around in style. This is a fairly large boat and has a spacious feel, including a roof-top lounge and bar. Travelers can choose from a variety of itineraries, and some cabins offer balconies, allowing guests to enjoy spectacular views from their room.
To experience the very best of South America, consider combining one of our Galapagos tours with Peru. Located just south of Ecuador, Peru makes for an ideal jumping base into the rest of South America. Explore the serene beauty of the islands and one of the modern wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, on our Galapagos Cruise and Machu Picchu Tour.
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An Alternative to Galapagos Islands Cruises
We highly recommend a Galapagos Islands cruise to our travelers. Though if you prefer land rather than water, you can opt for an “island-hopping” adventure through the Galapagos Islands. Rather than taking a Galapagos Islands cruise, “island-hopping” allows you to travel among the islands of the Galapagos by plane, and spend the night on the islands. Browse our Galapagos tours below, and contact our travel consultants if you are interested in an island-hopping tour of the Galapagos.
If you’re worried about getting seasick while aboard a Galapagos island cruise ship, or if you would just rather spend some more time on the islands themselves, an island-hopping expedition may be just the ticket for you. You can fly into San Cristobal Island and spend the night here, and then hop among other islands in boats each day. During each day, you’ll have opportunities for land- and water-based activities, such as hiking, bird-watching, snorkeling, and swimming. Spend each evening in little villages and port towns, such as Puerto Villamil.
Galapagos Islands Travel FAQ’s
Thinking about a Galapagos trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Galapagos Vacation Planning page for in-depth Galapagos travel tips.
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When is the best time to visit Galapagos?
While these two seasons vary in temperature and weather, the spectacular animal species of the archipelago are not migratory and can be spotted year-round. However, natural events, like the mating of land iguanas and hatching of sea turtles occur at different times in the year. Speak to an expert travel consultant for more information on when to travel for certain natural events.
Where are the Galapagos Islands?
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What are the best islands to visit?
With 19 islands, there is so much to see and do. To narrow things down, we have outlined our top island choices to experience the best of the Galapagos.
- San Cristobal Island. This island is one of the few to boats to a small town and is a great central point for information, activities, and of course, nature. Here you can swim at white coral beaches, scuba dive, and have access to fantastic bird watching opportunities. With two species, in particular, calling the island home, the Chatham Mockingbird and the blue-footed booby.
- Española Island. As the oldest island formed approximately 4 million years ago, and one of the most densely populated for wildlife, Española is probably your best chance at getting up close with nature. Species that call the island home include the blue-footed booby colonies, sea lions, and marine iguanas.
- Floreana Island. This island is famous for its flora. Once populated by pirates, the ecosystem was changed drastically by the influence of humans and non-native plants and animals. Today it serves as a great example of why its location was essential in creating its ecosystem. Here, you can spot dolphins, lounge at crystal blue beaches and explore the various cacti and bushes that are unique to the island.
Remember that all the islands have their distinctive qualities, whether it’s the terrain, viewpoints or wildlife that inhabit it. With a customized, preplanned cruise, you’re sure to see everything that interest you with help from expert leading guides.
What animals can you see on the Galapagos Islands?
With hundreds of rare species, the islands are an incredible look into a special ecosystem. The more famous species include the giant iguana and land iguana, penguins and the Galapagos tortoise. There are also multiple species of sea lions, stingrays, sharks, octopi, barracudas, sea turtles, pink flamingos, dolphins, manta rays and sea horses. You will be continually occupied, as you spot these creatures, from big to small, in their natural habitat.
What can you do in the Galapagos Islands?
With diverse wildlife, scenic beaches, and rare volcanic topography, the Galapagos Islands are perfect for nature lovers. You can study the vast array of plants and animals close-up while snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing on the white-sand beaches. There is also a variety of science and nature tours, where you can learn what inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection.
What are the Galapagos Islands known for?
Due to isolation and volcanic activity, the islands are hosts to extremely unique and diverse flora and fauna – the inspiration for research Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. With a small, eco-conscious local population and controlled tourism, the islands are an oasis away from people and praised for their untouched beauty. Anywhere you look, from the crystal blue ocean to the vibrant Scalesia trees, you’ll witness wildlife in its natural habitat. It is not uncommon to spot science and nature lovers captivated by the rare species, like the Giant tortoise or land iguana. The area also offers stunning island scenery and trails to beaches, coves, red cliffs and more, all of which we’ll plan for you based on your interests.
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