Experience the Galapagos, Your Way

Snorkel on the Endeavor with the sea lions.Snorkel on the Endeavor with the sea lions. (Michael S. Nolan)


Enchanted Galapagos

Wondering why Darwin's Enchanted Isles are one of the most fascinating travel destinations on Earth?  In no other corner of the world can travelers hike in search of ancient tortoises and kayak past hundreds of sunbathing iguanas without startling them into a frenzy.  Discerning travelers are recognizing the destination more and more.  For example, the Galapagos recently topped USA Today's list of "10 Best Bucket List Trips" ¹ voted on by readers.  Of legendary reputation, discover for yourself why the Galapagos Islands are so appropriately called "enchanted."


(Santiago) Marine Iguanas enjoying the sun(Santiago) Marine Iguanas enjoying the sun (Glory Moore)


Ways to explore

The climate of the islands make it a great year-round destination, and travelers can fly directly from the Ecuadorian cities of Quito or Guayaquil to the islands making them accessible.  The Galapagos are a National Park and World Heritage Site, so travel is carefully regulated to ensure protection and conservation efforts.  However, there are still multiple options available to visitors of the islands.  Travelers can choose from cruises or land tours to fit their style of exploration. 

By small ship

Small ships cruises are definitely the most popular way to travel since yachts give access to each island as well as more remote locations.  Small ships allow passengers to view wildlife from a unique vantage point as they surround or swim alongside the ship.  Also, staying out in the open water is ideal for spontaneous snorkeling opportunities.  We work with around 50 different small yachts, so there are multiple cruise options for travelers.


Jumping ship!Jumping ship! (Kate Grenier)


Island hopping

For travelers who would rather explore on a land-based trip, we can customize your itinerary based on personal preferences.  Make your homebase at boutique hotels, travel at your own pace, and take optional yacht excursions to other islands or snorkeling sites.  Land-based multisport trips are perfect for active travelers who want to kayak, dive, snorkel, hike, and bike through the wildlife-rich islands.  Your journey can be tailored to the desired level of exertion, and your local guides will adjust the pace along the way.


Me and one of my many friendsMe and one of my many friends (Jennifer Crossman)


Island indulgence

Despite the focus on the outdoors and wildlife, luxury tours are not out of the question in the Galapagos.  There are many options for travelers who wish to return to lush comfort after each day of activity.  Luxury yachts boast the most spacious accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and superior onboard service to ensure an unforgettable travel experience.  High-end boutique hotels are also available to make your stay on the islands even more special.  Once you determine your style of travel, the Galapagos will be waiting!


Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz Island in the GalapagosAventura Lodge on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos


See other Adventure Life blogs about the Galapagos: Get reprieve from winter weather on a December trip, the loss of the Galapagos' famous Lonesome George, successful removal of invasive rats, and the Charles Darwin Foundation wildlife checklist.

¹ USA Today's list of "10 Best Bucket List Trips"


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