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The Galapagos

The Galapagos holidays


The Galapagos Islands lie more than 1,000km from mainland Ecuador but have a reputation and place in the history of science and evolution that far exceeds their small size. Rugged and often rough, there's little vegetation or cover as the majority of islands here are the remains of shield volcanoes, created by intense seismic activity.

What there are, though, are copious quantities of wildlife, which still behaves as if people weren't a threat. Species include land iguana, giant tortoises, fur seals, sea lions and a lot of birds including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and Galapagos penguins, as well as the many types of finch that so inspired Darwin.

Visitors tend to take an adventure cruise to explore the islands and their inhabitants, taking in a variety of habitats and discovering the diversity of life on display by combining the Southern Espanola and Floreana, Central and Western Fernandina, Isabella and northern Genovesa Islands; most boats will visit two or three islands over the course of several days.

Alternatively, there's opportunities to kayak or scuba dive to get closer to the wildlife, and hike in some areas such as the Wall of Tears on Isabella and Cerro Tijeras on Santo Cruz.

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Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day itinerary from £5,505 pp incl. flights


Discount for Mashpi & Isabela for selected dates in Apr/May – Save up to £405 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.

Top itineraries in The Galapagos

Amazon cruise and The Galápagos Islands

14-day tailor-made journey from £7,865 pp incl. flights

This adventure-packed holiday takes in two of Ecuador's wildlife hotspots - the Amazon Rainforest and the islands of the Galápagos. Take it all expert-led tours and a pair of luxury cruises.

Luxury Quito & Galapagos Cruise

15-day tailor-made journey from £8,535 pp incl. flights

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

Wonders of Peru and the Galápagos

15-day tailor-made journey from £7,255 pp incl. flights

Take in the unique history of Peru's archaeological treasures before flying out across the Pacific for a four-night cruise exploring the wildlife-rich islands of Ecuador's Galápagos.

The Galapagos by Luxury Catamaran

11-day tailor-made journey from £5,780 pp incl. flights

Walk among reptiles, swim with sea lions, watch iguanas sit motionless on sun-baked lava, be licked by seal pups and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds – all made possible by exploring the Galapagos on a seven-night voyage aboard a luxury catamaran.

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Top places to stay in The Galapagos

MV Santa Cruz II

Luxury cruise ship

Launched by Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s travel company that pioneered small expeditions to the Galapagos Islands in the 1960s, the Santa Cruz II takes the baton from its predecessor, the MV Santa Cruz.

Ocean Spray

Luxury cruise ship

The only ‘mega-catamaran’ built exclusively for cruising the Galapagos, guests onboard Ocean Spray will enjoy the likes of spacious cabins each boasting private balcony for unbeatable views across the awe-inspiring islands.

Silver Galapagos

Luxury cruise ship

Designed to navigate the waterways throughout the world famous Galapagos Islands, the Silver Galapagos allows just 100 guests at a time to sail on a unique adventure un-like no other

MC Cormorant, the Galapagos

Luxury cruise ship

Hosting its 16 privileged guests with the likes of Sun-Deck Jacuzzis, gourmet dining and no shortage of elegant yacht style, this is small-ship sailing at its finest. It’s all complemented by a full spread of naturalist-led excursions.

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