View of two beaches on Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
Holidays to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The significance of the Galapagos Islands can’t be over-estimated. 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.
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.
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.
Come face-to-face with giant tortoises in their natural habitat
Watch native marine iguanas basking in the sun
Swim and snorkel with curious sea lions and Galapagos penguins
Walk alongside the remarkable blue-footed boobies
Discover conservation success stories at the Charles Darwin Research Centre
Galapagos Trip Ideas
Here are some trip ideas to the Galapagos Islands. 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