Unforgettable wildlife experiences in the Galapagos Islands
Have you ever seen a waved albatross courtship dance? Fancy swimming with curious sealions or cheeky penguins? Ready to meet a giant tortoise, climb up a volcano, or watch pelicans ‘shopping’ for fish at the local market? The Galapagos Islands are unique!
When to go to the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, though there are a few different reasons why you might choose one month over another, such as: wanting to see a specific wildlife spectacle; not being a good sailor (avoid July to August); wanting good underwater visibility (December to March). Read on for much more detail about when to visit the islands and why.Read more
16 days from £9700pp plus international flights.
Beautiful accommodation, superb scenery and wildlife all combine in this deluxe adventure of a lifetime in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
- Cruise the Galapagos for seven nights on a luxury yacht
- Explore Galapagos with an expert guide
- Stay in luxurious hotels and historic haciendas
- Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Quito
- Explore the markets and landscapes of the Andes
Places to go in the Galapagos Islands
Read about the highlights of this incredible archipelago in our short summary guides below.View more
Iconic species of Galapagos
To be among birds and animals unafraid of man is an experience unique to the Galapagos Islands providing rare insights and memories to cherish.
Activities in the Galapagos Islands
There are plenty of opportunities to be active in the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy short walks or hikes, kayaking and mountain biking amongst the varied scenery.
Unique & unusual Galapagos
Island views, historic sites, lava flows, colour-changing weed and a harbourside feeding frenzy are among the more unusual things you’ll see in the Galapagos.
Discovering what lies beneath the ocean’s surface is enchanting: shimmering shoals of fish, sea lions, turtles and rays are all so graceful in this watery world.
Places we love to stay in the Galapagos Islands
Here you’ll find a small collection of our favourite places to stay in the Galapagos Islands, though as an independent tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays, we actually sell a much wider choice of yachts, catamarans and ships than we show.View more
Finch Bay Eco Hotel
Origin and Theory
Facts and information
Flights to the Galapagos Islands leave from Quito and touch down in Guayaquil en route, taking about 3 hours from Quito or 2 hours from Guayaquil. The flights land either at Baltra or San Cristobal.
Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.
GMT - 6 hours
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.
Read more in our Tribes blog
The Tribes blog brings you regular articles written by our specialists, travellers or partners and conservationists in our destinations. We have a big collection of articles now, so have a mooch to find some interesting short reads.Explore more
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Who needs a lie-in anyway?!
I have just returned from my first visit to the Galapagos and whenever anybody asks me how it was I struggle to put into words what a truly amazing experience a visit to this destination is.
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