Galapagos Islands Holidays

Scattered in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000 kilometres west of continental Ecuador, is the pristine wildlife haven of the Galapagos Islands. It might sound like a bold claim but this remote volcanic archipelago offers a wildlife scene like nowhere else on Earth: and a visit here will leave you in no doubt. 

Known for their vast number of endemic species, the Galapagos Islands were studied by Charles Darwin and inspired and contributed to his ground-breaking Theory of Evolution. Refreshingly, the islands remain largely unspoiled by the impact of human activity and, to this day, an abundance of wildlife fearlessly inhabits the moon-like landscape, since there are no native land predators here.

This is an ideal spot for any nature lover to encounter a plethora of animals in their natural environment. Visit the national park – the oldest of its kind in Ecuador – and witness Galapagos penguins as they waddle along the shore; observe blue-footed boobies engaging in their elaborate courtship ritual; and amble alongside giant tortoises – some of them up to 200 years old. Take to the warm, crystal clear ocean to snorkel or dive among some of the best sites in the world as you swim beside dolphins, sea lions, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and shoals of shimmering silver-striped sergeant major fish.. 

The Galapagos is a unique and breathtakingly exquisite destination which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Once you’ve explored what this fascinating location has to offer, why not visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca in Peru, or trek to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu? Whatever you long to experience, our Destination Specialists can tailor make your dream itinerary just for you. 

Destination Highlights
  • Swim in sparkling waters, above sunken volcanic craters
  • Snorkel among sea lions, sea turtles and shoals of silver and neon yellowtail surgeonfish
  • Observe sunbathing sea lions, basking marine iguanas and waddling penguins on the beaches
  • Enjoy guided nature walks and spot blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and great frigatebirds

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx. 30 hours; indirect flights are available from UK airports.

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens will not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Galapagos Islands.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Galapagos.

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Average weather in January

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30ºC
59mm

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30ºC
61mm

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31ºC
83mm

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31ºC
58mm

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26ºC
52mm

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26ºC
16mm

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26ºC
11mm

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26ºC
15mm

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26ºC
50mm

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27ºC
61mm

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28ºC
60mm

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29ºC
47mm
  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “The seas surrounding the Galapagos Islands are calmer, and the weather warmer, from December to May. This is a great time to take a boat trip to explore the islands fauna. Summer months are popular with wildlife enthusiasts as the animals are more active.”

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Island hopping is by far the best way to see all that the Galapagos Islands have to offer, another way to see everything is by embarking on a luxury cruise.”

  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “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?”

Types of Galapagos Islands holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The Galapagos Islands are composed of 18 main islands (of at least 1 square kilometre in size), as well as a number of smaller minor islands; each surounded by numerous rocks and islets and hosting its own distinct ecosystem, and unique flora and fauna. 

There are no direct flights to the Galapagos Islands from the UK – and your preceding journey is dependent on your specific itinerary – but the likelihood is that you'll travel to mainland Ecuador, flying into either the capital city of Quito or Guayaquil.

From Quito or Guayaquil you'll then take an onward flight to Isla San Cristobal or Isla Baltra. 

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