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The Galápagos Islands.  There’s something magical about the name - they are, of course, known as the Enchanted Isles  - and they sit adrift of mainland Ecuador in isolation in the Pacific Ocean, for centuries far removed from the influences of mankind. Up to the middle of the 20th century only a colourful array of pirates, whalers, convicts, eccentrics and fishermen dropped anchor on their shores.

Born from volcanoes thrusting their way through the surface of the waters, the clutch of alternately sun-baked and misty islands of twisted lava, jagged cliffs and scrubby forest seem an unlikely habitat for wildlife. But a phenomenal array of trusting bird and reptile species, not to mention undersea marine animals, have settled and evolved here, to the delight of visitors from Darwin onwards.

Watch the lumbering giant tortoises, nesting albatrosses, flirting frigate birds, comic boobies, wrinkly iguanas and frolicking sea-lions from a cruise or land-based adventure. Climb a volcano, kayak to a white sand beach or swim with hammerhead sharks:  so many unique experiences to get involved in are at your feet.   

Our holidays to Galapagos Islands

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Blue Footed Boobies

Signature Ecuador and Galapagos: Volcanoes to the ocean

Private journey

16 days from £6,823pp

Galápagos Island

Value Galapagos and Peru

Private journey

13 days from £4,432pp

Bartolome Island

Signature Galapagos: Island hopping

Private journey

10 days from £4,722pp

Galapagos Islands

Luxury Galapagos Islands cruise

Private journey

11 days from £7,784pp

Things to do in Galapagos Islands


Diving in the Galapagos

Blue footed bird

Bird watching in the Galapagos

Galapagos Sealions

Relaxing Galapagos

Active Galapagos

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GMT -6 hours.

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Our insider tips for Galapagos Islands


Isabelle Mazille

Hikers should do the hike up Sierra Negra volcano, on Isabela. Climbing steadily through lush countryside you’ll reach the crater rim, with fantastic views into the second largest caldera in the world (after Ngorongoro). From here the landscape changes dramatically as you drop down through a vast cactus strewn lava field of twisted rock formations and lava tunnels. The final stretch enters an otherworldly multicoloured landscape of sulphurous yellows, deep reds and rusty oranges to the parasitic crater of Volcan Chico.


Hannah Donaldson

World-class snorkelling is a major highlight of any trip to the Galapagos! Even for the uninitiated, opportunities abound throughout the archipelago to snorkel with the prehistoric looking marine iguanas, turtles, cute penguins and playful sealions. Keen snorkelers will love Tower (Genovesa) and Kicker Rock (from San Cristobal) where moray eels, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, hammerhead and Galapagos sharks are frequently spotted!

Ben Line

Ben Line

One of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the archipelago takes place between April and December on the island of Española. After many lonely months at sea, up to 30,000 Waved Albatross return to their birthplace for the breeding season. Quite how these lifelong partners find each other among the squawking crowd is astonishing but to watch their excited reunion, played out through a graceful dance and touching of beaks is a truly memorable and touching experience!

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Cruise or island hopping adventures in the Galapagos involved busy days with early starts, several shore excursions a day and daily opportunities to snorkel, swim, kayak or do stand-up-paddle-boarding. It is great, but can be tiring! To return from holiday not just buzzing with have you have seen but also well rested, then spend 2 or 3 nights in a beachfront hotel (or at a quiet lodge in the peaceful highlands) to enjoy the stunning white sand beaches or relax by the pool after your action-packed  adventure.

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What our experts say

One of the real highlights for me while visiting the Galápagos was heading over to Isabela Island after my 5-day cruise. Not many tourists stay overnight, and the pace of life mirrors the island's most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. A couple of days spent hiking up the volcano and relaxing around the village of Puerto Villamil cannot be beaten as a way to get your land legs back... 

Ben Line

Ben Line

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