Holidays to the Galapagos Islands

 

The significance of the Galapagos Islands can’t be overestimated. This group of largely barren, volcanic islands (located around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador) are home to an awe-inspiring diversity of species, many found nowhere else on Earth. If you want an intimate wildlife encounter, the Galapagos Islands are the place to visit.

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Galapagos Islands trip ideas

To visit the Galapagos Islands, you can opt to stay on one of the islands and explore via day trips, hop onboard a cruise or a more intimate sailing yacht. All visitors are accompanied by experienced Galapagos guides, who will explain the natural wonders and conservation efforts you see along the way.

All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in The Galapagos

Consisting of thirteen main islands, six smaller ones and a group of islets, the islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, World Biosphere Reserve and one of the largest marine reserves in the world. They’re largely untouched by man, with around 60 designated visiting sites and a host of animals and birds that show little fear of humans. Each island is unique in its flora, fauna and wildlife, with different species around at different times of the year.

Giant tortoises roam Santa Cruz, where you can learn about the vital conversation work carried out at the Charles Darwin Research Centre. Espanola is home to many unique bird species, including the waved albatross that return here to perform their incredible mating ritual each year. Snorkel alongside curious sea lions, sharks, rays and turtles on Isabela, along with seeing its vivid pink Galapagos flamingos, while over on Fernandina you can see colonies of marine iguanas basking in the sun.

The proud outline of Pinnacle Rock presides over Bartolome Island – great for photos – while snorkelling here is your best opportunity of swimming with Galapagos penguins. Other rare and endemic species dotted around the archipelago include blue-footed and red-footed boobies, land iguanas, frigate birds with their red inflated neck pouches, flightless cormorants, bright Sally Lightfoot crabs, and mockingbirds. Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333

When to go to the Galapagos Islands

Map of the Galapagos Islands