The Galapagos Islands are among the world’s favorite travel destinations. They offer an amazing ecosystem with animal and plant species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Not surprisingly, the famous scientist Charles Darwin dedicated much of his research 200 years ago to the unique animals that he encountered on the Galapagos Islands during his scientific expedition aboard the HMS Beagle. Thanks to protective measures on the part of the Ecuadorian government, most of the incomparable natural beauty of Galapagos has been preserved and a number of endangered endemic animal species have been brought back from the brink of extinction through careful breeding programs. All tours and tourist visits on the islands fall under the jurisdiction of regulations established by the Galapagos National Park to protect this unique ecosystem. (Please note: the website of the Galapagos National Park experiences rather frequent outages. If you are unable to connect to their website, try the Galapagos Conservancy, which offers similar information about the islands, but does not have very many pictures.) Most of the attractions on the various islands are visited as part of a cruise or an island-hopping tour. The following articles present information about the different islands and their attractions. These summaries are intended to help you decide on the Galapagos Island experience that is right for you and to select the most appropriate cruise ship, boat, or island-hopping tour.
The articles originally appeared as separate entries in our blog. The series about the Galapagos Islands is still a work in progress, so make sure to check back often so that you don’t miss any new entries.
To give you a preview of some of the natural wonders that await you in the Galapagos Islands, here’s a very nice, high-quality video.
A quick “Galapagos in a nutshell” guide with the most important facts and rules relating to the islands.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most amazing destinations in the world with animal species that are not found anywhere else on this planet. If you would like to visit Galapagos the traditional way, we recommend a Galapagos cruise. Cruises are available in four categories: luxury, first-class, tourist superior and tourist class. Also make sure to check out our Galapagos cruise specials for last-minute deals.
If you prefer spending your nights on land, rather than on a boat, you would probably be more comfortable with one of our island hopping packages. They are available with 4- to 8-day itineraries.
If you want to explore the amazing underwater world around the islands and you already have some diving experience, you will be interested in one of our scuba diving packages.