A word on visiting the Galapagos
WHY VISIT THE GALAPAGOS?
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the volcanic Galapagos Islands are one of the most famous wildlife-watching destinations in the world. The archipelago's isolated ecosystem--620 miles from mainland South America, right on the equator where three distinct ocean currents converge--provided the inspiration for Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory of natural selection during the 1830s. Many of the species that call the Galapagos home can be found nowhere else on earth, and include marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, seals and sea lions, dolphins and whales, and the Galapagos penguin, to name but a few. This biodiversity has made the archipelago a world-renowned location for snorkeling, bird-watching, and hiking in particular. In briefing the world on its decision to select the Galapagos as a World Heritage Site, UNESCO mentioned that part of what makes the Galapagos so unique is the gentle confidence its wildlife has around human visitors. In other words, if you visit the Galapagos, you're certain to see the creatures that have made it so famous.
The islands themselves are extraordinarily beautiful. And each one is different: some beaches boast postcard-perfect white sand, while others clearly reflect their volcanic history. Some islands are arid, covered in prickly pear cacti and palo santo trees, while other islands' green highlands are wet and lush.
The warm beaches of the Galapagos make the destination an attractive spot for those in search of a relaxing vacation. Opportunities for wildlife watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing, of course, will keep you as busy as you please.
HOW TO VISIT THE GALAPAGOS
We offer two different ways to visit the Galapagos: land-based tours and live-aboard cruises.
In a land-based tour, you stay in a Galapagos hotel and have the option of traveling to the archipelago's different islands by boat during the day. If you opt to book a cruise, you can charter the entire vessel or reserve individual spots. Cruises can be as short as four days, or as long as fifteen.
Please feel free to learn more about Galapagos land-based tours here, and cruises here. Once you've settled on the option that's right for you, let us know! We are also happy to discuss the two options with you at any time, so please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions.