Galápagos Islands

A Galápagos Islands visit is an unparalleled personal experience with the natural world, best uncovered by an expeditionary Galápagos cruise or private charter.

Ten million years ago, the volcanic peaks that make up the islands formed. Today, the islands host a range of prehistoric rarities that have changed the course of scientific history. Off Ecuador’s Pacific Coast, the 13 main islands, six minor islands, and scores of rocks and islets that comprise the archipelago boast the highest rate of endemic species in the world. In many cases–found only in one place. The archipelago is inhabited by a mind-blowing multitude of flora and wildlife that–untouched by the continental world–possess a unique lack of fear for human audiences and are known to welcome visitors into their natural paradise.

Flightless cormorants—the only of their kind that have lost the ability to fly, the world’s northernmost penguin, playful sea lions, the last existing marine lizards on Earth, and multitudes of giant tortoises responsible for the naming of the islands all abound. Many of these animals having evolved into different species from their continental relatives. And the topography is just as strikingly diverse: from marble, white sands and tunnels of lava; to peaks of rugged terrain and vibrant marine habitats. In fact, it was this very “living laboratory” that inspired the ground-breaking conclusions of English naturalist Charles Darwin who, after a 5-week visit in 1835, would share his theory of evolution as detailed in The Origin of Species.

This is our Alluring Galapagos, where the enchanted isles promise to awe, entertain, and inspire.

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Baltra
(Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Bartolomé
(Bartolomé Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Española
(Española Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Fernandina
(Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Floreana
(Floreana Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Genovesa
(Genovesa Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Isabela
(Isabela Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
North Seymour
(North Seymour Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Rabida
(Rabida Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
San Cristóbal
(San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Santa Cruz
(Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Santa Fé
(Barrington Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Santiago
(Santiago, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
Sombrero Chino
(Sombrero Chino, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)
South Plaza
(South Plaza Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador)

Essential Information

Reasons to Visit

  • Family Travel
  • Honeymoon & Romance
  • Multi-Sports Adventures
  • Nature & Wildlife

Recommended Stay

4-7 nights

When To Visit

Good Sep
Better Jun-Aug / Oct-Nov
Best Dec-May

Where to Stay

Alia

Alia

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Celebrity Xperience

Celebrity Xperience

48-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Cormorant Yacht

Cormorant

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Evolution

Evolution

32-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Finch Bay Hotel

Finch Bay Hotel

Style: Eco Adventure & Nature
Galapagos Legend

Galápagos Legend

100-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Galapagos Odyssey

Galapagos Odyssey

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Galápagos Safari Camp

Galápagos Safari Camp

Style: Eco Adventure & Nature
Galapagos Sea Star Journey

Galápagos Sea Star Journey

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Galapagos Seaman Journey

Galápagos Seaman Journey

16-Guest Superior Class Vessel
Grace

Grace

18-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Isabela II

Isabela II

40-Guest Superior Class Vessel
La Pinta Yacht

La Pinta

48-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Natural Paradise

Natural Paradise

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Ocean Spray Yacht

Ocean Spray

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Origin

Origin

20-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Passion Yacht

Passion

12-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Petrel

Petrel

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge

Style: Eco Adventure & Nature
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

Style: Boutique
Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II

90-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Stella Maris

Stella Maris

12-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Treasure of Galapagos

Treasure of Galapagos

16-Guest Deluxe Class Vessel
Villa Escalesia

Villa Escalesia

Style: Contemporary

From Our Guests

Well, we’re back from our fabulous, fabulous trip. We loved every moment of it!! You really took care of us. We had the very best guides, rooms, everything! The Galapagos was unbelievably cool and the girls had a great time. We also toured Quito the first day and then went to the Otavalo Valley which was spectacularly beautiful and we loved both the food and textile markets. We bought lots! I really appreciated your excellence in what you do. You thought of everything. All of our seats were right, hotels were amazing, and the detail with which you organized and thought through everything was so impressive. Thanks for the effort and all your hard work. Every trip we’ve taken with you has been first-rate.

– Liz