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The Galápagos Islands are famed throughout the world for their wildlife: the giant tortoises, nesting albatrosses, flirting frigate birds, comic boobies, wrinkly iguanas and frolicking sea-lions among so many species.   

1,000km off the South American coast, the archipelago was, and continues to be, formed from the peaks of gigantic submarine volcanoes which have never been part of the mainland. Over many millennia, animals and plants came to adapt to this special environment, and to develop differently from their continental ancestors. The fearlessness of this unthreatened wildlife lets us observe them right up close, a unique experience in the natural world. 

The experience of exploring the unique archipelago rarely disappoints: they really are Enchanted Isles. The local population live in the two main towns, Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal. There are two airports: most visitors fly in from the mainland and board one of a large choice of vessels to cruise around the islands, but it is also possible to enjoy a hotel-based visit with adventure activities thrown in.

Our holidays to Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Hawk

Galapagos Hawk: Peru and Galápagos

15 days from £4388pp

Galapagos tortoises

Value Galapagos: Budget cruising in the Enchanted Islands

12 days from £3008pp

Blue Footed Boobies

Signature Ecuador and Galapagos: Volcanoes to the ocean

16 days from £5960pp

Galapagos Sealion

One-off Family Departure: Family Ecuador and the Galapagos

15 days from £5378pp

Things to do in Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Sealions

Relaxing Galapagos

San Cristobal

Land-based island hopping


Sierra Negra

Active Galapagos

Fish

Diving in the Galapagos

Weather: when to go

Jan

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Dec

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Language

Spanish

Time difference

GMT -6 hours.

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Our insider tips for Galapagos Islands

Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre close to Puerto Ayora. There is an information national park centre but more captivating are the giant tortoise breeding houses: view the babies before they are released back into the wild.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

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

Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

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

Ben Line

Ben Line

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

Mary Anne Nelson

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

Jack Brooker

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