Welcome to the Galapagos islands

The Galapagos Islands are the closest thing to Eden on Earth. The islands offer a profound and unique experience of being on equal terms with nature in an arcadian paradise.

The physical beauty of the Galapagos Islands, their world-class wildlife, and the quality of the best yachts that cruise the archipelago, combine to make a well planned trip to the Galapagos a truly memorable experience that ranks near the top of many travellers' lifetime lists.

Beautiful and remote, the Galapagos was visited so little in history and settled so recently that its animals have not developed a fear of man. Walking on the islands will bring you right up close to courting or nesting sea birds, sun bathing iguanas, relaxing sea lions or perhaps even a rare giant tortoise ambling to its lunch. More often than not it will be you, not the wildlife, that decides how close you approach.

Snorkelling is wonderful, with the thrill of swimming with penguins, turtles and curious young sea lions - who seem to like nothing better than to show off their underwater acrobatics around you.

Galapagos cruises

97% of the area of the Galapagos is a national park. Controls on access are strict. The only practicable way to see the islands is by boat visiting the sites approved by the park authorities. They control the number of boats and the standards they have to meet.

There are a few small settlements on the islands outside the national park where it is possible to stay onshore, but where you can go and what you will see is very limited. Day excursions by boat tend to be on small vessels and can be bouncy even in the light seas that are typical of most areas around the islands.

Start planning your trip to Galapagos

Let us know what kind of Galapagos cruise you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. We'll get back to you with some initial suggestions and advice. Our Ecuador brochure, which you can order here, includes a section on the Galapagos Islands, and ideas to extend your trip on the mainland - in the capital, Quito, in the Andes, or down in the Amazon rainforests.

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Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
Our brochure for Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is packed with ideas and information to help you plan your trip.

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A selection of Galapagos boats

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Planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands

Our design service is second-to-none and is at your disposal when you are ready to take things further.

Go here to check the best times to visit the Galapagos islands, flight options, cruise options and more.

Galapagos - single link - our design service

Whether you want a cruise or a landstay, our Galapagos specialists can advise you on what would be best for you.

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Galapagos - single link - guide

The Geodyssey Guide to the Galapagos Islands

A very brief guide to help you plan your trip to the Galapagos