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Embark on our magical Galapagos tours, where you will experience unparalleled natural history, stunning scenery, and some of the world’s most unique wildlife. You can explore the Galapagos via a cruise to the most remote corners of the protected archipelago, or you can base your exploration from a comfortable hotel with a land-based Galapagos vacation package. Either way, these enchanting islands located off the coast of Ecuador offer a view into pristine ecosystems untouched by humans.

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The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is from December to May if you want sunny weather, calmer and warmer waters, and better visibility for snorkeling and diving. However, the Galapagos can be visited year-round, especially if you’re looking to see specific animal activity

Anticipate tipping between $20-$30 a day per passenger. For example, bring about $300 in cash for tips for two people for a 4-5 day cruise. Tips will go to tour guides, boat crew and wait staff, bartenders, as well as cleaning staff. Tips for boat crew can usually be put onto a credit card. However, not all tips can be done via card and cash is preferred.

5-8 days. With most people having about a week to travel, 5 days in the Galapagos Islands is the minimum amount of time you should spend that also considers international and domestic flights. Because of all the different flora, fauna and landscapes to see throughout the archipelago, it’s best to opt for more time on the islands if possible.

The best Galapagos tours for couples include: a luxury Galapagos cruise or hotel, snorkeling with sharks and sea turtles, glass-bottomed boat rides, and relaxing on a beach. You can check your cruise or land-based package itinerary to see which tours are included.

A Galapagos cruise is the best option for families with kids. Parents can rest assured that their children are nearby and that the expert guides will cater tours to be captivating for the kids. Some cruises, like the Galapagos Legend, even have kids play areas on board.

A land package Galapagos tour is ideal for those looking to visit the Galapagos on a budget. The Galapagos Islands are one of the most expensive destinations in South America. However, hotels on the inhabited islands have a wider range of prices, making it easier to visit the islands on a budget as opposed to an all-inclusive Galapagos cruise.

On a Galapagos cruise, you’ll visit many different islands, giant tortoise breeding centers and beaches. Because of local environmental regulations, cruises offer varying itineraries. Your itinerary may include sites such as:

  • Puerto Chino, San Cristobal Island
  • Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, San Cristobal Island
  • Suarez Point, Espanola Island
  • Gardner Bay, Espanola Island
  • Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island
  • Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
  • Baroness Bay & Lookout, Floreana Island
  • Santa Fe Island
  • South Plazas Island
  • North Seymour Island
  • Mosquera Islet
  • Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
  • Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
  • Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Chinese Hat, Santiago Island
  • Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
  • El Barranco, Genovesa Island
  • Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
  • Bartolome Island

During a Galapagos land package, you’ll take day trips to visit nearby islands to your home base, as well as giant tortoise breeding centers and beaches.

Depending on which island you stay on, your land package itinerary may include places such as:

  • Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz
  • Cerro Mesa, Santa Cruz
  • Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island
  • Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz Island
  • North Seymour Island
  • South Plazas Island
  • Santa Fe Island
  • Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
  • Tintoreras, Isabela Island
  • Wall of Tears, Isabela Island
  • Bartolome Island
  • Kicker Rock, San Cristobal
  • Puerto Chino, San Cristobal
  • Espanola Island

What makes the Galapagos Islands so special are its endemic animal species! Here are a few of the multitudes of Galapagos animals you may see depending on your itinerary and the time of year you visit:

  • 56 species of birds (45 of which are endemic) including Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, red-footed and nazca boobies, flightless cormorants, frigatebirds, Galapagos penguins, and flamingos.
  • Giant Galapagos tortoises
  • Marine iguanas
  • Land iguanas
  • Green sea turtles
  • Sea lions
  • Fur seals
  • 33 species of sharks, including Galapagos, whitetip reef, hammerhead and whale sharks
  • Manta rays
  • 450 species of fish

Both Galapagos cruises and land-based tours have their pros and cons. Land-based tours of the Galapagos Islands allow for more independent travel at a cheaper price. However, Galapagos cruises allow you to travel to more distant islands. Cruise cruises have set departure dates and itineraries giving you less flexibility over your vacation. Land-based tours, on the other hand, offer a menu of tour options (limited by capacity). Both options require boat trips so those prone to sea-sickness should come prepared with medications.

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