Luxury Galapagos Islands Travel
The Galapagos Islands entice travelers, particularly wildlife enthusiasts, from around the world as one of the best places on Earth to get up close to everything from sea lions and penguins to giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Located 600 miles off the Ecuador mainland, this one-of-a-kind destination is a microcosm of evolution. Remote and isolated, the archipelago is made up of 21 islands, 13 of which can be visited. The unique and fearless creatures here provided much of the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection.
Suggested Itineraries for the Galapagos Islands
Our experts know the Galapagos Islands like the back of their hand and we have put together some trips and tours to get you inspired.
The Galapagos Islands9 NightsFrom $7,133 PPThis 10-day island hopping tour is perfect for people who do not want to sleep on board a boat. You will stay in hotels on three of the islands and explore the areas around them. Land-based highlights include the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, hiking up the Sierra Negra Volcano, exploring uninhabited islands and walking with iguanas. The snorkelling in the Galapagos is incredible due to the great visibility, you can swim with sea lions, penguins, rays and marine iguanas. There are plenty of opportunities to relax on idyllic beaches or take a kayak along the coastline to spot the many birds nesting on the shore. In the evenings you can walk through the small towns and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Quito, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands12 NightsFrom $10,750 PPExplore Ecuador’s highlights on this 13-day trip, staying in luxury accommodation with expert guides. You will start your tour at the capital of Ecuador, Quito. Built by the Spanish in 1534 on the ruins of an Incan city, it is one of the best-preserved old towns in South America. You will continue your adventure by traveling to the Cloud Forest for two nights at Masphi Lodge, a luxury property in the forest with a wide range of activities available. Your tour culminates in a 7-night cruise in the Galapagos Islands on the luxurious Elite Yacht. Spend your days on the water visiting the islands and spotting the incredible wildlife. Your naturalist guides will accompany you as you explore on foot, by boat, or swimming taking in the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Galapagos12 NightsFrom $7,346 PPVisit Ecuador and Peru on this tour that brings you to two amazing world wonders: the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. It all starts in Peru’s capital city of Lima followed by a flight to Cusco where you’ll explore the Sacred Valley and hop on the famous glass-ceiling train to visit the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu and its remarkable Inca ruins, including the Temple of the Sun, with an expert private guide. Traveling to Quito, Ecuador, you’ll catch a flight to the Galapagos where an elegant motor yacht waits to bring you on an island-hopping adventure, complete with a naturalist guide (top-level 3 certified). There will be daily excursions, including opportunities to snorkel and hike, evening lectures, and more. Of course, the highlight is coming face-to-face with animals like the Galapagos tortoise, sea lions, marine and land iguanas, fur seals, penguins, and blue-footed boobies.
Quito, Galapagos, Hacienda La Danesa8 NightsFrom $8,213 PPThe Galapagos Islands entice travelers from around the world as a bucket list destination with legendary, abundant wildlife despite being a small archipelago in the middle of the eastern Pacific some 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast. Everything from penguins and 24 species of whales to giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies can be encountered here. The species that arrived at these remote islands managed to survive not by diversifying but by evolving specific traits to suit the environment. An adventure that will provide memories of a lifetime, a trip here begins in Ecuador’s high-elevation capital city of Quito before island-hopping through the Galapagos. Learn about the geology, unique wildlife, and Charles Darwin as well as enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, and nature walks along the way. You’ll even get to learn about Ecuadorian chocolate production, make your own, and taste a sample.
Quito, Galapagos Islands6 NightsFrom $6,059 PPYour tour starts in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1543 by the Spanish. One of the best-preserved examples of a historic colonial city in South America, you will spend two nights here and have a guided tour of the sights. You will then fly to the Galapagos Islands where you will board your yacht for four nights sailing around this unique ecosystem. The cruise focuses on the Central and Western Islands, including visits to Isabela and Fernandina Island, two highlights of the Galapagos Islands. There are expert guides on board to take you to explore the islands, there are opportunities to hike, swim, snorkel and kayak on your voyage.
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Your Galapagos Islands Questions Answered
I really want to see a particular species on my trip, can I ensure I do?
If you really want to see anything in particular, please let your consultant know. The islands are all very different and some wildlife is only found on certain islands. We will recommend the right itinerary for you once we have chatted with you about what you would like to see. In addition, some species are seasonal and are only in the Galapagos during certain months of the year
Can I explore the islands independently?
The Galapagos National Park strictly controls the number of visitors allowed into the area to protect the delicate ecosystem. The National Park Authorities requires anyone entering the national park to be accompanied by a licensed Naturalist Guide. All boat routes and day tours are controlled by the park authorities to ensure there are not too many people at any location at once. The National Park pre authorises all landings within the national park. Each boat has a set date they can land on a particular island.
What should I pack?
There are small shops on the main islands of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz but they are expensive and have limited choice, it is best to bring everything you need with you from home.
We recommend you pack walking shoes for the island excursions, flip flops for the boats, lots of sunscreen and a hat. This is quite an active destination, no fancy clothes required!
Is it a good honeymoon destination?
The Galapagos is not a typical honeymoon destination but for an adventurous couple who love wildlife and diving, it is perfect! There are some exceptionally luxurious yachts where you can enjoy incredible sunsets and visit idyllic beaches. You will usually visit two sites a day and there are ample opportunities to experience the islands by hiking, swimming or kayaking.
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