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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos

Nature in its purest form

Galápagos tailor-made holidays & cruises

Introduction

The Galápagos 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.

Incredible wildlife

What makes these islands so special is the sheer quantity and diversity of wildlife, which still behaves as if people weren't a threat. Species to watch out for include Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, fur seals, sea lions and a lot of birds including frigatebirds, Galápagos penguins and the delightfully named blue-footed boobies, as well as the many types of finch that so inspired Darwin.


Luxury Galápagos cruises

Boutique expedition cruise ships are the most explore the islands, and meet their inhabitants. These sailings offer the chance to visit a wide selection of islands, taking in a huge variety of habitats and discovering the diversity of life on display. They also offer a degree of flexibility, which in turn lends itself to the best wildlife encounters. A single cruise itinerary might combine the southern islands of Espanola and Floreana, central and western Fernandina and Isabella, and the northern Genovesa Islands, with most ships visiting two or maybe three islands over the course of several days.


Galápagos lodges

If cruising isn't for you, there's also the option to stay in lodges, hopping between islands to go snorkelling and diving and explore by kayak or on foot to get up close to the wildlife. Indeed, some of the hiking trails are truly stunning, such as the route to the Wall of Tears historic site on Isabella and Cerro Tijeras on Santa Cruz. And, lodges offer all the comforts you'd expect, from gourmet dining to swimming pools and spa treatments.


 

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Special offers in The Galápagos

Silver Galápagos

Ecuador Train and Galápagos Voyage on Silversea

16-day fly, rail and cruise from £9,140 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Book by: 31 December 2019

Combining two unique experiences – a mountain rail journey through the Andes and an island-hopping, luxury cruise through the Galápagos – this is your chance to see the natural wonders of Ecuador in style. Spot marine iguanas on snorkel trips before returning to all-inclusive fine dining.

Top itineraries in The Galápagos

Isabela Island

Quito, Otavalo & Galápagos Island Hopping‬‬

12-day tailor-made journey from £5,265 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made tour is a comprehensive appreciation of the Galápagos’ alien natural world, taking in its spectacular scenery and philosophy-inspiring wildlife on a range of guided excursions. You’ll also have time to explore Ecuador’s colonial heritage and indigenous culture.

Iguana

The Galapagos by Luxury Catamaran

12-day tailor-made journey from £6,090 pp incl. flights

Walk among reptiles, swim with sea lions, watch iguanas sit motionless on sun-baked lava and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds, all on this luxury Galapagos cruise.

La Selva

Galápagos Cruise & Amazon Lodge

12-day tailor-made journey from £6,650 pp incl. flights

Pair to of the world's greatest wildlife experiences, with a small-ship cruise in the Galápagos and a luxury lodge stay in the Amazon. Expect to spot everything from giant tortoises to colourful parrots on kayaking trips, snorkel dives and naturalist-led walks.

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day itinerary from £5,995 pp incl. flights

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

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Top places to stay in The Galápagos

La Pinta Yacht, Galapagos

La Pinta Yacht

Luxury cruise ship

La Pinta offers access to the Galapagos in style, and daily excursions from kayaking, glass-bottom boats to island tours.

Santa Cruz II Yacht, 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.

Pool, Finch-Bay Eco Hotel, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Galapagos

Contemporary hotel

Based on the south of Santa Cruz island, this eco-friendly hotel is provides private, spacious terraces with fabulous views of the bay. Activities include kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, guided walks and sea excursions on board the hotel's own yacht.

Galápagos Habitat

Galápagos Habitat Hotel

Contemporary eco-accommodation

Take in the views of a wildlife-dotted bay from this eco offering’s sundeck, plush rooms and superb grill restaurant.

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The Galápagos articles

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    Introducing Silversea's Silver Origin

    Introducing Silver Origin. Arriving in summer 2020 Silversea’s newest addition is designed specifically with the Galápagos Islands in mind.

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    Our specialists have put together the ultimate in cruise inspiration, from Greek island hopping in style to an exploration cruise into the glacial wilds of Alaska. As always, it’s all based on first-hand knowledge.

  • Seal in the Galápagos

    Just back from Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

    Galapagos specialist Janet Welsh recently visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador's capital, Quito. Read her review of both for some honest insight into the accommodation, facilities and overall experience, as well as her advice for anybody thinking about going to visit.

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