The Galápagos Islands are world-famous, and with good reason. Born from volcanoes in the remote Pacific, 1,000 kilometres west of Ecuador, this clutch of rust-hued islands host an astounding variety of wildlife and marine life. Many of the creatures that call these islands home are found nowhere else on earth. Galápagos holidays provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness mythical creatures in their natural habitats.
Known for their vast number of endemic species, able to thrive due to the lack of land predators, the Galápagos Islands were studied by Charles Darwin and inspired his groundbreaking Theory of Evolution. The islands have remained relatively unspoiled by humans, and to this day, a colourful abundance of wildlife fearlessly inhabits the moon-like landscape.
Wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on earth
Galápagos tours provide a startling sight: terra cotta sands cover an undulating landscape of islands, interlaced with waters of deep turquoise. Wander the Parque Nacional Galápagos - the oldest of its kind in Ecuador - and spot penguins waddling along the shore, blue-footed boobies engaged in their amusing courtship dance and 200-year old sea turtles ambling the red sands. Dive into the crystal waters to swim beside sea lions, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and huge shoals of shimmering silver-striped sergeant major fish. This is a natural nirvana like no other.
We suggest visiting as part of a small Galápagos cruise tour, which gives you the opportunity to visit many of the archipelago’s volcanic islands - some wild and uninhabited. Expert tour guides educate you on the islands fascinating history and make sure you see its most beautiful inhabitants.
We can organise your Galápagos tour as part of a greater Ecuador holiday, or an extensive adventure in South America. Why not visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca in Peru, or trek to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu? A world of adventure awaits - get in touch with our Destination Specialists today.
Great sample itineraries
Whether you’re looking for a Galápagos cruise or land adventures paired with a boutique hotel, we’ll have something that’s perfect for you. Get in touch today to discover more.
Private Galapagos Tour
Galapagos Extension - Santa Cruz II Cruise
Explore Galapagos Islands
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The Galápagos seasons are split into warm and dry, and cold and wet. For warmer, calmer seas and the best underwater visibility, the warm months - May and December - are the best time to go. There is also good weather between June and November, with the months between January and April the worst time to visit.
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“Take a boat ride - with the option of a luxury yacht - to the South Plaza Island. Here, you’ll wander amongst the terrain of prickly pear cactus trees and be able to spot an abundance of land iguanas, nesting red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and fascinating island fauna.”
“While the Galápagos does have its sandy beaches, make sure you bring suitable shoes - hiking the volcanic rocks and sometimes steep terrain in flip flops can be uncomfortable and dangerous. And don’t forget to bring an underwater camera to capture some incredible pictures!”
“Snorkelling in the Galapagos is some of the best in the world – where else can you come face to face with sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas all in one day?”
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