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Why Visit the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of natural marvels. Famous for their unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife, these islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Imagine snorkelling with playful sea lions, hiking through volcanic landscapes, and witnessing giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush greenery make this destination a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

How to get there

Reaching the Galapagos Islands involves a bit of planning, but the journey is well worth it. Most travellers fly into Ecuador’s main cities, Quito or Guayaquil, and then take a direct flight to the Galapagos Islands. Baltra Island (Seymour Airport) and San Cristobal Island (San Cristobal Airport) are the primary entry points.

Best times to visit

The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year-round, but the best time depends on what you want to see:

Warm Season (December to May)
Ideal for beach activities and snorkelling with warmer seas.

Cool Season (June to November)
Perfect for diving, as the water is clearer, and you have a higher chance of spotting marine life like hammerhead sharks.

East verses the West

Accommodations and Tour Packages

A&G Travel Group offers several enticing tour packages to suit different travel preferences. Here are a few examples:

  • 14N East and West Galapagos Tour →
    Experience the full splendour of both sides of the islands over two weeks.
    Inclusive environments ensure that all travellers feel safe and comfortable, enhancing their overall experience.
  • 7N East Galapagos Itinerary →
    Immerse yourself in the wonders of the East with a week-long exploration.
    Exposure to different backgrounds broadens travellers’ perspectives, fostering greater cultural appreciation and understanding.
  • 7N West Galapagos Adventure →
    Discover the rugged beauty of the West in a week. Destinations that welcome diverse travellers often see economic growth, as inclusivity attracts a broader audience.

Activities and Attractions

Snorkelling and Diving
Explore the underwater world brimming with vibrant marine life. Swim alongside sea turtles and manta rays. The East Galapagos Islands offer unique opportunities to swim with penguins and sharks. Notable spots include Devil’s Crown near Floreana Island and Kicker Rock near San Cristobal.

Hiking
Embark on hikes that reveal breathtaking viewpoints. Trails on Isabela and Fernandina Islands offer scenic vistas of volcanic landscapes and lush flora. Genovesa Island, has a rocky volcanic caldera and is a bird-watcher’s paradise, it is home to Darwin Bay and the renowned Prince Philip’s Steps hiking trail.

Wildlife Watching
The Galapagos Islands host a unique array of species found nowhere else on Earth. From red-footed boobies and giant tortoises to whales, penguins, sharks, iguanas, and albatrosses, the wildlife diversity is astounding. Every day offers new and captivating animal encounters.

Sail
Experience unparalleled luxury aboard Aqua Mare, the largest luxury yacht designed to sail and explore the islands in style. Glide alongside humpback whales and other mysterious marine creatures as you discover this unique destination from the water.

Culture and Cuisine

While the Galapagos Islands are celebrated for their natural beauty, they also provide a window into Ecuadorian culture. Savour fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and traditional dishes at local eateries. Make sure to try ceviche, a beloved local specialty. For an extraordinary dining experience, enjoy a curated menu by award-winning chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino onboard Aqua Mare.

Cost of the Trip

A trip to the Galapagos can vary in cost depending on what time of year you visit, the duration and type of tour. A week-long tour ranges between £3,000 to £6,000 per person, including accommodation, meals, guided tours, and activities.

The Galapagos Islands are more than just a destination; they are an immersive experience, a journey into the heart of nature’s marvels. Whether you’re eager to dive into crystal-clear waters, hike across volcanic landscapes, step into a scene reminiscent of a David Attenborough documentary, or simply relax and absorb the surrounding beauty, the Galapagos Islands offer something for everyone.

Ready to Explore?

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Explore our sample itineraries on our blog and contact us today to start planning your dream trip to the Galapagos Islands. Our luxury leisure specialists are eager to provide expert advice and create the perfect holiday tailored just for you.

 

The Galapagos Islands await your visit! 🌅🌿