Best time to be thereThe Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.
Fly toQuito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours
time differenceGMT -5 hours
VisasNot required for UK passport holders
Health RequirementsYellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
Highlights - Spectacular views of mountain cities characterised by their colonial heritage; Explore local communities, villages and markets surrounded by volcanic peaks and lakes... Read more ...
A fascinating look at the beautiful UNESCO declared "World Heritage Cultural Site" city of Quito and the Galapagos Islands which have captivated naturalists for centuries... Read more ...
Fly to beautiful Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and transfer to your hotel to relax and acclimatise. Read more ...
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The Galapagos Archipelago lies 1,000 kilometres from Ecuador's coastline in the Pacific Ocean. Each of the thirteen islands and countless smaller islets has a unique ecosystem of its own, a living laboratory that inspired Darwin to write his Theory of Evolution while on the voyage of the HMS Beagle. Never connected with the continent, the islands contain many endemic species - only here will you see Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas, and the giant tortoises that give the archipelago its name.
Most expeditions with your expert naturalist guide are by panga - inflatable rubber craft with outboard motor. Snorkels are available for you to explore the fascinating underwater world, a myriad of colourful fish, playful sea lions, dolphins and sunken volcanic craters.
On your Galapagos Island cruise, you choose the style of vessel you wish to cruise on. Galapagos Eclipse carries just 48 passengers but has all the amenities of a larger ship. Alternatively choose an even smaller vessel of around 20 passengers - such as one of the three motor yachts Eric, Letty and Flamingo that sail in flotilla.
Different ships may also offer varying duration of itineraries from 3,4,5 and 7 nights to fit in with the rest of your itinerary. You can easily combine your Galapagos cruise with some time exploring the Andean landscapes and Amazon forests of Ecuador or the Incan treasures of neighbouring Peru.
With our selection of Galapagos Islands holidays there are a fantastic selection of cruises that can be taken through and around the Galapagos Islands, including Eric, Letty and Flamingo, Galapagos Journey I, Integrity, La Pinta and Santa Cruz. There are also some magnificent accommodations, including Royal Palm and Villa Escalesia.
All boats operating in the Galapagos Islands are, essentially, expedition vessels. Whilst several describe themselves as 'luxury', and are certainly very comfortable, it is important to make this distinction. No boat in the Galapagos operates to the high specification of international luxury cruise liners or upmarket river boats operating elsewhere in the world. All cruisers and yachts in the Galapagos leave the Islands for dry dock on a 24 month cycle. In order to protect the marine reserve and the fragile ecosystem, there are many restrictions in place which the boats must adhere to, such as the use of certain types of paint. A&K use the most comfortable and responsible boats available in the Galapagos - those which offer the best experience and are most sympathetic to the unique Galapagos environment - but it is essential that you expect an expedition vessel first and foremost.
Suggested Galapagos Islands Accommodation
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The M.C. Athala II is a high-end adventure catamaran built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. Her specific design offers stability, speed and comfort with exacting safety standards...
The new Catamaran Cormorant incorporates the very best of Galapagos catamaran design and cruises the islands in style. Its practical and elegant design provides more comfort...
The Eclipse represents one of the finest expedition ships in the Galapagos Islands. She allows the more discerning traveller to experience one of the world's greatest travel destinations.
The Eric, Letty and Flamingo are three first class motor yachts that travel in tandem around the Galapagos Archipelago. For the ultimate in service, contact Abercrombie & Kent.
This new cruise vessel has been introduced to Galapagos waters as of spring 2011. With an exclusive small yacht feel and a combination privacy and comfort, the Grand Odyssey offers stylish...
This luxury tented camp emulates the African safari tradition and is a pioneering project in Latin America. Guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form...
The Integrity is customised to accommodate 16 guests in comfort, safety and style thanks to state of the art technology. For the ultimate in service, contact Abercrombie & Kent.
The delightful Isabella II (166ft long) is a very comfortable motor yacht, having operated for some years in the islands. Cruising from Baltra Island, she is fully air-conditioned, with just 20 outside cabins...
La Pinta is named after Abingdon Island in the north west of the Galapagos Archipelago. For the ultimate in service and experience, contact Abercrombie & Kent.
The new catamaran Ocean Spray incorporates the very best of Galapagos expedition design...
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Thank you for your voicemail; it's so nice of you to follow up to see how our holiday was. We had an amazing time. Thanks again (Emma Bell) for an absolutely wonderful trip.
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