Galapagos expedition cruises - Land iguana

Galapagos expedition cruises

The Galapagos archipelago, a collection of volcanic islands with a rugged beauty all their own, is a protected national park: tourism is limited, and it is a rare privilege to visit this isolated location. And, with expert naturalist guides, you can be sure you will learn all about the wildlife ashore, in the skies and under the ocean, as well as the amazing geography, geology and history.

Best time to visit

Year round

Duration

Starting at 4 nights

How to get there

Indirect flight via mainland Ecuador

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Our Galapagos guide contains everything you need to know about these wonderful islands, including when to visit, how to get there and where to spot the archipelago's most iconic wildlife.

Our insight

Exploring the Galapagos

The isolation of these islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is the reason that the fearless wildlife finds man's arrival curious rather than frightening.

This fragile system has already suffered from sporadic visits in the past, and today visitor and resident numbers are strictly limited, and kept in check by high costs. It seems possible that sometime soon, further restrictions will be put in place, and it will become even harder to visit. Visiting the Galapagos is a lifetime experience, and our advice is to go now, while you can.

Although there are a couple of hotels on the main islands, visiting by ship is by far the best option to get away from the crowds, see the different wildlife and topography as you travel from island to island, and get a true sense of how extraordinary this destination is. All vessels here must be Ecuador registered, with a maximum capacity of just 100 people on board. Everything is expensive, so ask us to help you choose the best option for your particular tastes - a bad choice is a poor economy.

Our tips

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Basilica in Quito, Ecuador

Colonial Quito

Spend a couple of days in Ecuador's charming capital, Quito, exploring the beautiful colonial-era churches of the old town.

Machu Picchu

It's easy to combine your Galapagos cruise with a trip to Machu Picchu, the enigmatic and spectacular Inca city high in the Andes.

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge

A stay at Mashpi Lodge, in the heart of Ecuador's stunning cloud forest, is a luxurious way to extend your trip to South America.

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Lake Titicaca

How about pairing your Galapagos cruise with an overland adventure through Peru to Lake Titicaca, perhaps even crossing the border into starkly beautiful Bolivia.

What our clients say

“The expedition leaders inspired us with their knowledge of their beloved islands. The wildlife and sunsets far surpassed our expectations. A wonderful holiday I will never forget.”

Mrs Wells

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Call us on 020 7399 7630 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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