Destination

Galapagos Islands Holidays

Discover wildlife like nowhere else on Earth

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 unspoilt 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 breath-takingly 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
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -5
  • Currency US dollar (USD)
  • Visa Information British citizens will not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Language Spanish
  • Flight Time Approx. 30 hours; indirect flights are available from UK airports.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Galapagos.

Top Tips from our Experts

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

“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

“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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