Top Galapagos Islands Attractions

Amazing wildlife

Isabela Island

Santa Cruz Island

Santiago Island

Isla Santa Fe

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Top Activities in Galapagos Islands

Sailing

Snorkeling

Wildlife viewing

Photography

Scuba Diving

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Classic Galapagos Islands Itineraries

Galapagos in 1 Week

Day 1-2, Quito: Take a tour of “Colonial Quito”, see La Compania church and the city of San Juan

Day 3-4, San Cristobal Island: Visit the Interpretation Center to learn the history of the islands. Playa Mann, spot the famous blue footed boobie and other indigenous bird species in Punta Pitt. Take zodiac rides around the island.

Day 5, Isla Espanola: See more rare and significant bird species including Darwin Finches. You’ll also see sea lions in Gardner Bay, and have the opportunity to go sea kayaking and snorkeling to view wildlife under the water’s surface.

Day 6-7, Santa Cruz Island: Las Primicias tortoise reserve, visit the Darwin Research Station. Spend some time in Puerto Ayora.

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Galapagos in 2 Weeks

Day 1-2, Quito: Explore Quito’s old town and discover the colonial history. See La Compania church and the city of San Juan. Visit the nearby cloud forest

Day 3, Isabela Island: take in the volcanic structures, explore Tagus Cove, observe marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, and sea lions. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center.

Day 4-5, Isla Floreana: Green Beach with it’s olivine crystals, snorkel with sea turtles, visit the “highlands”.

Day 6-7, Santa Cruz Island: Las Primicias tortoise reserve, visit the Darwin Research Station. Spend some time in Puerto Ayora.

Day 8, Isla Santa Fe: More snorkeling and wildlife viewing! Take a hike to see the prickly pear cactus forest.

Day 9, Punta Morena: See amazing lava formations, observe Galapagos penguins

Day 10, Isla Espanola: See more rare and significant bird species including Darwin Finches. You’ll also see sea lions in Gardner Bay, and have the opportunity to go sea kayaking and snorkeling to view wildlife under the water’s surface.

Day 11, Santiago Island: Puerto Egas, wildlife viewing

Day 12-13, San Cristobal Island: Visit the Interpretation Center to learn the history of the islands. Playa Mann, spot the famous blue footed boobie and other indigenous bird species in Punta Pitt. Take zodiac rides around the island.

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Galapagos & Machu Picchu in 2 Weeks

Day 1-2, Cuzco: Take a walking tour, and use this time to acclimate to the altitude. Visit Plaza de Armas and take a Sacred Valley tour.

Day 3-4, Machu Picchu: Take the VistaDome train to Machu Picchu and explore the town of Agua Calientes. Get a good night sleep before the dawn bus up to the ruins for an all day tour learning the history of the famous site. Climb Huayna Picchu for spectacular views.

Day 5, Lima: Tour this colonial-era city

Day 6, Quito: Explore Quito’s old town and discover the colonial history. See La Compania church and the city of San Juan. Visit the nearby cloud forest.

Day 7, Santa Cruz Island: Las Primicias tortoise reserve, visit the Darwin Research Station. Spend some time in Puerto Ayora.

Day 8, Isla Espanola: See more rare and significant bird species including Darwin Finches. You’ll also see sea lions in Gardner Bay, and have the opportunity to go sea kayaking and snorkeling to view wildlife under the water’s surface.

Day 9, Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove, incredible rock formations

Day 10, Bartholomew Island: Penguins, lava lizards, and beautiful white beaches

Day 11-12, San Cristobal Island: Visit the Interpretation Center to learn the history of the islands. Playa Mann, spot the famous blue footed boobie and other indigenous bird species in Punta Pitt. Take zodiac rides around the island.

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In Darwin's Footsteps- what Darwin missed August 2016

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Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps (2019)

This was a bit of a pilmigrage for me. Working in environmental policy, the theory of evolution informs my work. And I relate to Darwin's seasickness and loved his diary of his voyages. So what is it that drawn missed? In all his theories, treatises, diaries etc, what he did not tell us was how much fun it is to snorkel with sea lions!
My natural selection is swimming with sea lions. Life is better with sea lions.
Swimming with sea lions! Not a doubt in the world. I

Our leader Fabian was great. Made sure we were safe and optimised our experience.

Go snorkelling at every opportunity.

The wild life is amazing! Enjoy it.

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GALAPAGOS: IN DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS August 2016

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Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps (2019)

A wonderful trip that came up to all my expectations.  I chose this trip as I wanted to be land based and it gives you more time for exploration in places that sea based trips will not visit.
Swimming with sea lions and other creatures, walking to the fumaroles on Volcan Azul and generally getting so close to the wildlife

Fabian was a very conscientious, dedicated and informed leader with a fantastic sense of humour.

Do take some sea sickness pills even though Fabian did not recommend them as they can make you drowsy. Some of our group wished they had taken them. Previous reports recommended wet suits for November, but we didn't find the sea that cold, though perhaps it can vary from year to year.

If you don't like basic camping often in wet or damp conditions this trip is not for you, but if you can put up with it the 2 days walking round the volcano were fantastic and worth a bit of discomfort.

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Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps (2019)

This was an amazing holiday - varied itinerary filled with lots of wonderful experiences. I had never been on a trekking and wildlife holiday before, but thanks to the experience and knowledge of the tour leader (and the friendliness of the group) I had a fantastic time.
Lots of memorable experiences! The most outstanding moments were - swimming with sea-lions, turtles, sharks and a penguin at las Tintoreras and Bartolome; seeing a fantastic display of dolphins on the way to Kicker Rock and seeing the fumaroles of Volcan Azufre. (Musn't forget seeing those amazing blue-footed boobies!)

Pablo was fantastic. He was organised, knowledgeable and always ready to answer any questions. You always felt he had complete awareness of the needs of everyone in the group and was always friendly and sociable - with a great sense of humour!

Bring gaiters for the trek (it can be very muddy) and also have walking shoes/trainers as well as boots.

If you are thinking about this one then I should go for it. It is a holiday of a lifetime!

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GALAPAGOS: IN DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS August 2016

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Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps (2019)

This trip is an experience of a life time !
Sitting on a bench to check the view then realising there is a sea lion under your seat. Swimming  and a sea lion comes over to play with you. Bobbing in the clear blue sea and you realise a turtle is just in front of you as a frigate bird flies overhead and the pelicans sit and watch. Its unbelievable but true and thats just the beginning !

Our group leader Fabian was great. He was very helpful, genuinely cared and a mind full of knowledge. Just what we needed !

If you can, take a wetsuit,  the sea temperature changes and can sometimes be very cold. Hiring one is not always practical. You can cope without one but it would just make it better.

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GALAPAGOS: IN DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS August 2016

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Galapagos: In Darwin's Footsteps (2019)

Brilliant trip. Met expectations and more. Good to sleep on land but have the opportunity to snorkel most days - except on the trek! Great variety of camping and some very good hotels and hospitality. Good fresh food. You will not starve! Quito is a good city to explore at the beginning and end of the trip.
There were many - Snorkelling with sea lions was amazing. They were playful and blowing bubbles at us. The sulphur mines up the volcano were intriguing and smelly. Loved the trek and camping. Seeing turtles. Looking for sharks. Giant tortoises.

Fabian was superb and he managed the group and logistics without fuss. He loves the Islands and his enthusiasm and excitement was always there. He came snorkelling with us to make sure we were safe. He looked after people who were below par. He took lots of photos using our cameras or his own. He ensured we were well fed and that we always had water. Had a great sense of humour. Felt safe throughout the trip. Thank you Fabian.

I used a shortie wet suit which I found to be just right. The sea can be warm and cold in different places so as you want to spend as much time in the sea as possible take a wet suit. I took snorkelling gear but it is easy to hire on the Islands. Take mosquito repellant - You need it in some areas. Take a good waterproof or umbrella - it is likely to rain - but it was never cold. I took a 2 season sleeping bag and that was more than adequate for the trek. Most of the hotels supplied shampoo and soap etc. Use factor 50 sunblock - the sun is fierce. Sun hat is a must. WiFi is available at most hotels for free. Take strong walking boots or shoes - the volcano trek is hard on the feet. I used walking poles - many of the group did - good for balance in some muddy sections and on the sharp lava. Sea sick tablets if you are prone to seasickness - boat trips were good and part of the adventure. Consider flight options - lots of alternative routes and carriers. Washing can be done in Isabella after the trek - lots of muddy clothes! Consider going a day early to recover from the jet lag.

Very enjoyable - go now before tourism takes over and the risk that the fragile ecosystem changes. Definitely worth the 5 stars.

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