Galapagos Island Tours & Cruises

The Galapagos Islands are among the planet’s premiere nature and wildlife destinations. The fascinating volcanic geology, unique flora and fauna, and isolated nature of the islands have pushed them to the forefront of scientific inquiry since the mid-1800s, and research on the 13 major islands continues to play a vital role in our understanding of evolution. A cruise through the islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Global Basecamps is proud to work with a hand-picked selection of the most ecologically friendly and sustainable small ships on the water. Our Galapagos trips feature a variety of small-ship cruising options, truly unique multi-day walking safaris, and lodge-based island explorations.

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Island Hopping Tours

Island Hopping Tours

Our land-based itineraries are an innovative new way to explore the islands, developed in participation with the local community, promoting the charms of the most relaxed of the Galapagos Islands: Isabela. Among Isabela's attractions are five active volcanoes, the most extensive wetlands in the archipelago and a three-kilometer-long beach. You will also enjoy trekking with giant tortoises, swimming with white-tipped sharks, snorkeling with marine turtles, kayaking among flamingos, all in surroundings where stress is virtually unknown.

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Small Ship Cruises

Small Ship Cruises

Our yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature multiple decks and spacious staterooms with beautiful interiors. Itineraries maximize time on the islands and interaction with local wildlife, and the cruises include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and daily excursions. The ships have a dining room, well-stocked bars and conference areas with a flat screen TV and panoramic picture windows.

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Mainland Ecuador

Mainland Ecuador

Extend your stay in Ecuador with a few days on the beautiful mainland. Ecuador is one of South America's most diverse destinations, and by no means is limited to the Galapagos Islands. The Amazon Jungle is a short flight away from towering Andean volcanoes, and native cultures range just as wildly. This is a rising destination full of adventure, culture and life. Time on the mainland perfectly compliments the islands.

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Sample Tours

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Ecuador & Galapagos Discovery (10 days)

Experience the Galapagos at its finest, from luxury cruising to safari tented camps in the wild. Finish off your exploration surrounded by the rustic beauty of Hacienda Zuleta.
Adventure Classic Highlights Family Wildlife Active

Galapagos Guardians Land Based (7 days)

Encounter the wildlife, explore the landscapes and embrace the adventure of a week long voyage in the Galapagos. Visit the islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Floreana and Isabela, for a taste of it all.
Active Community Cultural Hiking Wildlife Adventure

Galapagos Guardians Land Based with Floreana Island (5 days)

On a tight schedule? Take advantage of a five day alternative expedition of the Galapagos Islands, stopping at Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Floreana.
Active Beaches Community Hiking Wildlife Adventure

Galapagos Guardians Land Based with Isabela Island (5 days)

On a tight schedule? Take advantage of a five day alternative expedition of the Galapagos Islands, stopping at Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Isabela Island.
Active Beaches Community Hiking Wildlife Adventure

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A Few Words About Galápagos Tours and Travel

Highlights

Charles Darwin’s scientific haven of discovery, and tropical island paradise, 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 its 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 eco-system, which is the most varied of the entire planet.

Of these animals and luscious fauna, what pulls people in from their early aspirations to visit is the promise of seeing the elusive Galápagos Tortoise. These humble creatures are giant tortoises that live peacefully in the wild for a hundred years, alongside other animals that are indigenous to the islands. It doesn’t matter if 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 is the rich Ecuadorian cuisine, which is interwoven through every food outlet across the islands. With its fresh seafood, bulbous fruits, and spicy flavors, the eating experience here is finely tuned to your opulent natural surroundings, and will 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 the volcanic island land, where Galápagos trips into the wilderness will take you into another world. Once you have exhausted the larger islands of their stunning scenery, try snorkelling around the idyllic underwater animals that thrive off the shores of every island. Here, you will learn what it means to be at peace with your surroundings, where stress will seem a distant memory.

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 breath-taking Galápagos Tours, you can combine a relaxing holiday with your dreams of roaming the Galápagos Islands.

Why you’ll love the Galápagos Islands

First and foremost, people love these islands for their gloriously diverse eco-system. From giant Galápagos tortoises to startlingly pink flamingos, people catch sight of animals they have only ever seen in movies and high-definition nature documentaries. It isn’t only the animals on land that will stop you in your tracks, but the technicolored array of marine life that build their homes under the sea.

It helps that the Galápagos Islands enjoy balmy, sunny days all year round, which is always a reason to love a new destination. Even when it is raining, the foliage takes on a new brightness which lends itself to hiking in the trees.

It is this scenery which makes this island haven an unforgettable place to visit, and its most precious gems are those that are hidden below sea level. Snorkelling shows people an untouched world where the views rival those on land, but you can also explore the lava cave networks that run through the terrain of most islands on Galápagos Island tours.

Where to travel in the Galápagos Islands

Despite 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. The caves surrounding Santa Cruz Island are also known to look unabashedly beautiful under the setting sun, as you catch a glimpse of the ancient Galápagos tortoises resting on the beach.

Many Galápagos trips 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. You will also never understand what silence is until you venture into the lava tunnels of Santa Cruz.

For the best glimpse into nature, the most volcanic of the islands- 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 Galápagos island tours. To challenge yourself even more, complete your trip at the famous Galápagos National Park.

When to visit the Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands see some of the best weather in the world, with wet seasons being the best time to visit 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 stay

There are four main islands you can stay on during your trip, which are Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana. Each hotel in the Galápagos Island tours programme 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, or beach side rooms picked for their flawless island views, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing everything 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 on a smaller, luxury, motorized catamaran, or a larger ship filled with a multitude of other people.

What to pack

Deciding 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 Galápagos experience.

• Some sunblock. When you visit 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.
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