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  • Marine Iguanas
  • The colourful Sally Lightfood crab seen on the Galapagos Islands– are a popular photo opportunity on Ecuador tours
  • The dazzling array of wildlife on the Galapagos Islands provides excellent photo opportunities during your Ecuador vacation
  • Blue Footed Booby
  • Sea lion

Located to the west of continental Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are also a national park and marine reserve to be experienced on an Ecuador vacation.

Galapagos Islands Travel information

The Galápagos Islands were discovered by accident in 1535 when Tomás de Berlanga drifted off course sailing from Panama to Peru. The archipelago is perhaps most famous for the scientific expeditions that occurred there during the 18th century. Charles Darwin arrived in 1835 and studied the geology, botany, and animals found there. His discoveries provided important evidence for his theory of evolution. Ecuador officially claimed the territory in 1832 and used it mainly for penal colonies. In 1959, 97% of the area became a national park and organised tourism began the following year with Galapagos tours. In 1978 the area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 1985 it became a biosphere reserve.

Galápagos Landscape

The extraordinaryGalápagos Islands have to be one of nature’s most important gifts to travellers. Totally unique, they consist of 127 islands and islets, 19 of which are volcanic and are located 1000 kilometres/620 miles off the coast ofEcuador. The UNESCO World Heritage organization calls it a “living museum and showcase of evolution.” Human settlements are restricted to only 3% of the area on four of the largest islands, though many more can be visited on an Ecuador vacation. The Galápagos National Park enacts strict regulations concerning where people can go, what they can do, and how many people can turn up in any one spot, ensuring a superb wildlife viewing experience for every visitor. A limited number of overnight boats are allowed to operate and each boat is equipped with a tracking device so that authorities can verify exactly who is going where at any given time.

Galápagos Wildlife

Besides being a highlight of your Ecuador vacation, the islands are an ecological wonderland populated with fearless and incredible wildlife.  The largest living tortoise species, the Galápagos Tortoise is famous for its long lifespan and can weigh over 400 kg/880 lbs. The distinctive blue-footed booby is synonymous with the islands, as are the colonies of curious sea lions. Besides unique wildlife, there are also excellent beaches that welcome swimming, diving and surfing. Numerous leisurely cruises also maximize your experience here.

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A visit to the Galápagos Islands is a truly spectacular experience that continues to attract tourists from around the world. Book one of our Galapagos tours today and be part of the experience.


Ecuador Travel Information

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Galapagos Islands

  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands with International and Regional Airfare

    Escape on a Peru vacation that explores the best natural and historical sites of Latin America. This incredible tour takes you from the heights of the Andes and the magnificent Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru to the Galapagos Islands and the centre of the world in Quito, Ecuador.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,499
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Ocean Spray

    Discover the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands and spot rare species such as blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and frigate birds on a cruise throughout the archipelago. Stay aboard a 5-star catamaran and choose from 5 to 8 day itineraries to see the wonders of the islands.
    Duration:
    5-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,356
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Cormorant: 5 Days

    Spend 5 days on board the Comorant, a brand new luxury catamaran that provides excellent viewing opportunities of the incredible Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the unique wildlife available here.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,624
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Cormorant: 8 Days

    Embark on an 8 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands, staying on board the Comorant, a luxurious catamaran. Enjoy the unique and incredible wildlife that makes these islands world famous.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,343
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Endemic: 5 Days

    Venture through the biodiverse world of the Galapagos Islands to see soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and frolicking sea lions. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy world-class comforts and amenities as you head throughout the islands, exploring their volcanic landscapes and spotting their abundant wildlife.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,052
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Endemic: 6 Days

    Venture through a world of soaring frigate birds, dozing sea lions, and delightful penguins on this Galapagos Islands vacation. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations and expert service as you visit the diverse Galapagos Islands and see highlights like the Green Beach and Dragon Hill.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,656
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Endemic: 8 Days

    Explore a magical world of soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and delightful penguins on this journey to the Galapagos Islands. Travelling aboard a luxurious yacht, you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations and expert service as you pass between the islands of the Galapagos, exploring this breathtakingly diverse ecosystem.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,041
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Seaman

    Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard the MC Seaman. Choose from three itineraries and follow in the footsteps of Darwin as you explore these islands and discover volcanic landscapes populated by giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,013
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/C Treasure of the Galapagos: 5 Days

    Board the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos and explore the biological diversity of the Galapagos Islands. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on the lava fields of Santiago, spot hybrid marine/land iguanas on South Plaza Island, and enjoy the comforts of an eclectic catamaran in your downtime.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,170
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/V Legend: 4 Days

    The Legend offers the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy of small craft. Spend 4 days on a first-class vessel exploring the sights of the Galapagos Islands.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,951
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/V Legend: 5 Days

    Enjoy 5 days sailing aboard the Legend, a luxurious first-class, 100-passenger vessel that will take you through the unique flora and fauna that makes the islands a haven for nature lovers.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,710
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/V Legend: 8 Days

    Experience the diversity of the Galapagos Islands as you spend 8 days sailing aboard the luxurious Legend. Take the time to get close to wildlife as you hike and snorkel around the islands.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,517
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Alya

    Venture through the biodiverse world of the Galapagos Islands to see soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and frolicking sea lions. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy world-class comforts and amenities as you head throughout the islands, exploring their volcanic landscapes and spotting their abundant wildlife.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,084
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Safaris Worldwide
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 4 Days

    Spending 4 days on board the luxury yacht Coral I you’ll have the opportunity to see many of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands including Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and Daphne.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,951
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 5 Days

    Enjoy a 5 day cruise of the world famous Galapagos Islands while sailing aboard Coral I, a modern vessel but with classic beauty. See the sights by hiking, snorkeling and exploring.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,710
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Coral I: 8 Days

    Spend 8 days uncovering the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and hike while evenings are spent aboard Coral I, a stylish and luxurious yacht.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,517
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 5-star cruise vessel. Choose from four itineraries ranging from 5 to 10 days and venture across volcanic landscapes that are home to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, and giant tortoises.
    Duration:
    5-10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,802
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y La Pinta

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 4-star cruise vessel. Choosing from three itineraries, you’ll hike across volcanic landscapes full of giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, snorkel alongside reef sharks, and walk in the footsteps of scientists and explorers.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,757
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: M/Y Passion: 8 Days

    Embark on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard a refurbished yacht, exploring either the eastern or western islands of this diverse archipelago. Visit the famous giant tortoises of Santa Cruz Island before searching for dolphins and whales in the open water or climb to Pinnacle Rock for a breathtaking view of the islands before strolling through the prickly pear cactus groves of Santa Fe. These distinct itineraries can be combined into an ultimate 15-day cruise perfect for avid adventurers and science enthusiasts.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,420
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: MC Cormorant: 4 Days

    Enjoy 4 days on board the Cormorant, a brand new luxury catamaran. Each cabin hosts a private balcony that is perfect for viewing whales, dolphins, sea birds and spectacular scenery.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,315
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: MC Endemic: 4 Days

    Explore a world of soaring birds, sunbathing iguanas, and magical green beaches on this brief journey to the Galapagos Islands. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy premium accommodations as you venture through the islands to see their highlights, including the Devil’s Crown and Chinese Hat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,921
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising Galapagos: Santa Cruz II

    Cruise the Galapagos Islands while on board the Santa Cruz II, a 90-passenger vessel that will take you to many of the highlights of this incredibly unique wildlife destination.
    Duration:
    5-7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,370
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising the Galapagos M/C Archipel I

    Explore the biodiverse Galapagos Islands on an 8-day itinerary aboard the M/C Archipel I. Enjoy the first-class accommodations of this 4-star vessel as you venture through the world’s greatest natural playground and spot blue-footed boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and Giant Tortoises.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,250
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Reina Silva

    Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a deluxe yacht that takes you on an 8-day journey through the islands. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and expert guidance as you spot blue-footed boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and Giant Tortoises on these volcanic islands.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,715
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Archipel II

    Explore the world’s greatest natural playground on this journey through the Galapagos Islands aboard Archipel II. Enjoy 5-star accommodations aboard the cruise vessel and explore the biodiverse islands, hiking across the volcanic landscape and seeing the incredible animals that call it home.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,745
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
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