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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 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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Peru Wildlife: Pristine Amazon and enchanted Galapagos

20 days from £5635pp

Machu Picchu

Luxury Peru and Galapagos: Machu Picchu and the Enchanted Islands

15 days from £8361pp

Galapagos tortoises

Value Galapagos: Budget cruising in the Enchanted Islands

10 days from £3066pp

Galapagos Islands

Luxury Galapagos Islands Cruise

11 days from £5918pp

Things to do in Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Sealions

Relaxing Galapagos


Wildlife watching in the Galapagos

San Cristobal

Land-based island hopping


Take a cruise in the Galapagos

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Our insider tips for Galapagos Islands


Isabelle Mazille

Go for a peaceful early morning kayak ride, watching sea turtles delicately pop their heads above the surface, as hungry pelicans scoop their breakfast from the waves.


Hannah Donaldson

Swim with sea-lions on the white sand beach at Gardner Bay, Española Island, you may spot a white-tipped reef shark.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Sail between the sheer rock walls of Kicker Rock off San Cristóbal Island, observing the seabirds wheeling above.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Get within touching distance (but don’t  touch) of the colony of huge waved albatrosses on Española (Mar-Dec), the only island where they can be found.

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... 


Jack Brooker

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