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Galapagos Islands Vacations, Cruises, Travel Packages & Experiences


  • 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

  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Natural Paradise

    Head on an unforgettable eco-tour with this cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Traversing the islands aboard a brand-new yacht, the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll cross volcanic caldera, spot giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel beneath the waves to experience the biodiverse bounty of the islands' warm waters.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,690
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Infinity

    DELUXE | CRUISE: The M/Y Infinity exceeds everything seen before. High performance, unrivaled comfort, respect for the environment, and stunning style all combine to ensure that the Infinity is one of the most ideal modern yachts for exploring the Galapagos Islands.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y TipTop IV

    The Tip Top IV continues the tradition of fine cruising as the latest superior Galapagos yacht in the Wittmer line. She has all of the fine features of her older sister ships, with a few more modern conveniences designed for comfort, privacy, and focus on the incredible Galapagos Islands.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,970
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Finch Bay by Land or Sea

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy an island getaway in the Galapagos Islands. Staying in the 4-star eco-friendly accommodations of Finch Bay Eco Hotel, you’ll enjoy the freedom of the beach and have the opportunity to see giant tortoises, follow in the footsteps of Darwin, and explore the incredible natural wonders of the Galapagos.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,294
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Finch Bay Complete

    Stay at a lodge in the Galapagos and take advantage of the facilities there plus enjoy two sightseeing experiences, one on land and the other on a cruise. Animal and bird life included as well as swimming and relaxing.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,198
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Finch Bay Your Way

    Stay at a lodge in the Galapagos and take advantage of the facilities there. Optional sightseeing to view animal and bird life on land and by sea is available. Otherwise just enjoy relaxing, swimming on the white sandy private beach.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,965
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Family Safari Camp

    Escape on the ultimate family getaway to a luxury safari camp in the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you and your family will explore the archipelago, cross volcanic landscapes, and spot exciting and beloved animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,504
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Hotel Stopover

    Enjoy some downtime before or after a Galapagos cruise on this stopover in Puerto Ayora. Staying in your choice of hotel, you’ll have a few days to explore the sleepy Galapagos capital and enjoy the highlights of Santa Cruz Island, including its sunny beaches and volcanic highlands.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 569
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Galapagos Island Hopping

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the world-famous Galapagos on this island-hopping journey by land. Combining island stays with day trips, you’ll explore volcanic landscapes and snorkel through tropical waters, spotting incredible wildlife like whitetip reef sharks, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises along the way.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,615
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Galapagos Land Lubbers: Royal Palm Hotel: Stay of Distinction

    Travel to a one-of-a-kind destination and discover the unrivaled originality of the Galapagos Islands and their endemic species. Experience a natural world where humans and wildlife continue to life in harmony and let the natural phenomena of the islands intrigue your mind, engage your senses, and nourish your soul.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,274
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Stays of Distinction
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Magic Camp Tortoise Reserve

    Enhance your Galapagos cruise with an overnight stay at Galapagos Magic Camp, set far away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. Enjoy quiet, natural accommodations in the Santa Cruz Highlands and share the company of hundreds of Giant Tortoises that call the hillside home.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 587
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Galapagos Safari Camp

    Venture to a discrete luxury camp in the pristine wilderness of the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you’ll head on daily excursions to the nearby islands to cross volcanic landscapes and spot animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,405
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • M/C Endemic Galapagos Cruise: 5 Days

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Venture through the Galapagos Islands to see soaring frigate birds, lumbering tortoises, and frolicking sea lions. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, the M/C Endemic, you’ll enjoy world-class comforts and amenities as you cruise through the islands, exploring volcanic landscapes and spotting wildlife.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,910
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Your Way

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See two of the world’s greatest landmarks on this unforgettable itinerary that you can upgrade or customize to your preferences. After visiting Quito, head to the Galapagos Islands to see its bevy of animals in volcanic environments before connecting to Cusco and exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,694
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Pikaia Lodge Galapagos

    A Galapagos trip is one of the world’s great vacations, and Pikaia Lodge offers 4, 5, or 8 day programs to suit a variety of timeframes, interests, and budgets. The Lodge also boasts its own vessel for exploring the islands in detail.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,634
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Peru & Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 12-day vacation. Start your journey in Quito, where you’ll explore the colonial old town, before you connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Finish off in Peru by exploring the capital of Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,330
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

    Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head on day trips to explore this magical archipelago. You’ll spot giant tortoises in the highlands, hike along volcanic beaches full of iguanas and penguins, and experience the stunning biodiversity of this island chain.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,091
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
    Ecuador See Trip Details
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