A Few Words About Galápagos Island Tours and TripsAn island paradise like no other, the Galápagos Islands have always been a hotspot for explorers to come and see the harmonious workings of the natural world. Sitting off the coast of Ecuador, the region is made up of 20 islands, each of which are a thing of sheer magnificence in their own right. Due to their colourful landscape, people are proud to put it at the top of their traveling bucket list in the hopes they will visit one day. Encompassing turquoise shores and underwater caves, it is no surprise that they feel such an irrevocable draw towards it. Yet, what truly makes it shine is the gorgeously diverse ecosystem, which is the most varied of the entire planet.
Charles Darwin remains the most famous visitor to the archipelago, but was not the first to make contact with it - history points towards some evidence of pre-European human presence of mainland Incas from South America. The conditions he and other explorers found on the Galapagos were indeed rare and amazing, both in the islands’ biodiversity and in that they had never had permanent human settlement. Though the Galapagos now receive many visitors each year to partake in the more leisurely and educational activities - as well as the adventures! - there is an undying sense of discovery to be found. Arriving from North America, Europe and elsewhere, usually via short flights from Quito, Ecuador via Guayaquil, travelers to the Galapagos come for the variety of ecosystems and wildlife to be found here: the ocean flows chilly and warm, the land ranges from barren to forested and tropical, and an itinerary can be made to experience a bit of everything this place offers and provide the experience of a lifetime!
Of these animals and rare fauna, what pulls people in from their early aspirations to visit is the promise of seeing the endemic Galápagos giant tortoises. These humble creatures live peacefully in the wild for a hundred years alongside other animals that are indigenous to the islands. Whether this wildlife lives on land or under the sea, you can soak up its rare beauty when you hike, swim, or snorkel your way around the islands.
What people are most surprised by in the Galapagos is the rich Ecuadorian cuisine, which is interwoven through every food outlet across the islands. With its fresh seafood and fruits and spicy accompanying flavors, the Galapagos eating experience here is finely tuned to your opulent natural surroundings and will daily complement your trip from breakfast through to supper. Alongside impossibly friendly locals, such a combination of sights, flavors, and emotions will leave you feeling hungry to come back for another holiday in the future.
Your journey will start from the moment you step onto these volcanic islands, where Galápagos trips into the wilderness will take you into another world. Place your trust in the hands of our local, award winning experts, who have spent their days roaming the Galápagos Islands in the hope of creating a life-changing holiday experience for travellers with an adventurous streak. On all our breathtaking Galápagos tours, you can combine a relaxing holiday with your dreams of roaming the Galápagos Islands.
Why you’ll love the Galápagos IslandsFirst and foremost, people love these islands for their gloriously diverse ecosystems. From the giant tortoises to startlingly pink flamingos, blue footed boobies and species of finches, visitors catch sight of animals they have dreamed of seeing in person and not just on documentaries! It isn’t only the animals on land that will stop you in your tracks, but the array of special ocean life, from the marine iguanas found only here, to the playful penguins and remarkably tame sea lions. Both gentle and more ambitious walks on land will be rewarded with exhilarating wildlife encounters, while snorkeling and SCUBA diving offer travelers the chance to enter the realm of intriguing sea life. And while nature is your constant companion in the Galapagos, take the opportunity to attend to yourself, too - Galapagos Safari Camp on Isla Santa Cruz offers luxury accommodations with sunset yoga and meditation to bring calm to your soul.
Where to travel in the Galápagos IslandsDespite any part of the Galápagos Islands being an enchanting place to explore, there are some key spots which have left an impact on even the most cynical traveller, such as Rábida Island, which has dusty red shores that bleed into the surrounding blue sea. promise glass-clear waters on bright, white sands, and you can feel this luxury by stretching out along the renowned Tortuga Bay and the peaceful Floreana Island. Experience peaceful silence the lava tunnels of Santa Cruz, and for the best glimpse into nature on your tour, volcanic Isla Isabela provides a mountain setting where mountain hikes and vistas will add another dimension to your trip. You can visit such natural habitats and rest on unique shores on many Galapagos tours.
When to visit the Galápagos IslandsThe Galápagos Islands see some of the best weather in the world, with wet seasons being the best time to tour due to short, afternoon showers being the only rainfall you will usually see. The cooler months hover around 69 degrees, with the air taking on a sharper feel, and the sea being too cold to dive in. This time is ideal for those who need colder temperatures to enjoy traveling, and runs from June to November.
It is generally accepted that the warm, wet season is the best time to visit, as the air temperature is still a comfortable 84 degrees. Yet, this is when warmer currents make it an ideal temperature to swim in, although marine life comes alive in colder months. This season takes up the months between December and June.
Where to stayThere are four main islands you can stay on during your trip, which are the central island of Santa Cruz, as well as San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana. Most lie conveniently close together, allowing for easy travel between them via the best means possible: a Galapagos cruise. Each hotel in our Galápagos island tours is selected carefully by travel experts who have explored the best accommodation options for your holiday. Whether this be luxury mainland hotels in colourful Ecuador (head there next once your time in the Galápagos comes to a close!), or beach side rooms picked for their flawless island views, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing everything on your tour has been taken care of before your arrival, and that help is always on hand during your holiday. Even better is that you can choose to stay aboard a smaller, luxury, motorized catamaran, or a larger yacht filled with a number of other people.
What to packDeciding what to pack for any holiday can be tricky, but you will need to bring some essential items with you before you step onto your plane for your Galápagos trip…
An underwater camera. Bringing any camera with you won’t be a good idea, as there is as much wonderous scenery to capture underwater as there is on land. If you can find a high-definition camera that is waterproof, you should consider it an investment well made when you come away with photographs that embody your Galapagos tours.
Some sunblock. When you tour any hot country, sun screen is a must, as it will protect you from the strong, relentless UV waves of the sun. Taking a small, travel-sized version with you will be great for topping up during the day when you are on Galápagos tours.
Hiking boots. Most of your holiday will be spent trekking through the wilderness with native wildlife at your side, which means you should bring your best hiking boots with you if you want to participate to the best of your ability during tours.
Our specialists are standing by to join with you in bringing your Galápagos adventure tour to life and to satisfy your search for an authentic experience among these truly unique islands. Work with them online and by phone to select the activities and build the itinerary of your dreams with the terms that are right for you in terms of dates and price, and whether you want to book more private activities or to join in groups. We hope to hear from you soon!