For most people a Galapagos Islands holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see some unique and unusual wildlife species that has no fear of man. There are 13 main volcanic islands to explore, and the wildlife is as good under the water as above it. The Galapagos is very special indeed.
The reasons to visit the islands include:
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There is never a bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands. The dry season is roughly July to December, with temperatures around 16-23°c. The rainy season is from about January to June, when temperatures are about 20-28°c. However there could be a month that is more suitable for you depending on what you’re hoping to experience. For example if you want to see the waved albatrosses you need to come to Espanola Island between about May and December.
Getting there: To get to the Galapagos Islands you need to fly to Ecuador. Most people fly into the capital, Quito, but you could also fly to the coastal town of Guayaquil. From these cities you fly over to the islands, landing on one of 2 airstrips depending on the departure point of the boat you’ve chosen. From Quito it is about a 3 hour flight and about 2 hours from Guayaquil. You will need at least one night in Quito before the trip depending on your international flight times, but an overnight at the end is not always necessary.
Cruise Itineraries: Most people experience the islands on a cruise. The Galapagos Islands are all very different and they each have specific landing sites and visitor sites. The nature trails are carefully marked out to avoid disrupting the wildlife, and we follow these accompanied by our expert on-board naturalist guide.
Exact Galapagos holidays and Galapagos cruise itineraries depend on which yacht you choose for your cruise. Most of the longer distances are covered at night, ensuring that your time visiting the Galapagos Islands is put to the best use.
Trip Duration: The most popular duration for a stay in the Galapagos is one week. Most boats offer 1 week cruises, though 2 weeks are available, and some also do shorter trips of 4-5 days.
Combining with other places: A few people come to see the Galapagos as a stand alone destination, but far more people combine it with visiting another area too. This might be seeing the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, or staying at a hacienda in the Ecuadorian highlands, or perhaps visiting Peru’s Machu Picchu, or even going to see Costa Rica.
We work with about 50 boats, from small 12-berth yachts to 100 berth cruise ships. We have a square-rigged tall ship and other motor sailers, luxury catamarans and elegant motor yachts, specially-equipped dive boats, or larger expedition cruise ships.
Since we work with the majority of the Galapagos feet, we have the widest choice of vessels of any tour operator in the UK.
If you don’t fancy sleeping on board, choose a hotel on one of the islands and take day trips to nearby islands, or go island hopping.
See our invaluable YACHT COMPARISON CHART on our Galapagos Specialists website. It will help you choose which boat is right for you.
If you don’t fancy sleeping on a boat, choose a hotel on one of the islands and take day trips to nearby islands, or go island hopping.
There are hotels or lodges on the four inhabited islands: Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana. From one, or more, of the islands you can take day trips by smaller boats to nearby islands.
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Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Galapagos Islands. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.
Anahi is a comfortable, modern motor catamaran offering cabins and suites and with a comprehensive Galapagos cruise itinerary.
16 room hotel overlooking Academy Bay on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands.
16 passenger deluxe motor yacht. Spacious and comfortable inside and out with a friendly crew.
27 room hotel on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
La Pinta is a 48 passenger expedition cruise ship with interconnecting and triple cabins, state of the art interpretation facilities.
Mary Anne is an elegant tall ship with ample deck space and opulent interiors.
A 20 passenger custom-designed motor yacht, offering twin and triple cabins and 2 naturalist guides.
5/5 from 119 reviews
Time: GMT - 6 hours
Flight time: 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.
Language: Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.