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Galapagos Islands Tours

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An orange sunset silhouettes various Galapagos Islands and Kicker Rock, a jagged rock formation jutting out of the ocean.
An orange sunset silhouettes various Galapagos Islands and Kicker Rock, a jagged rock formation jutting out of the ocean.

For unparalleled natural beauty, embark on any one of our Galapagos Islands vacation packages. Tour sites that Charles Darwin once explored and spot endemic species only found here on the Galapagos archipelago. See the pristine scenery of this protected UNESCO World Heritage site with a luxury Galapagos Island cruise or by basing at a Galapagos luxury hotel and doing daily island-hopping excursions. Travel to the Galapagos in complete comfort with luxury accommodations, small group tours, English-speaking guides and private transportation all pre-arranged by Inca Expert before you even arrive.

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Browse our selection of Galapagos trips and get ready to experience one of the world’s most biodiverse places. All of our vacation packages include private transfers, English-speaking guides, luxury accommodations, and expert travel advice personalized for you. Contact our travel experts today to plan your dream vacation package to the Galapagos and top destinations in Peru.

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What to see and Do in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are the ultimate destination for wildlife spotting. Whether you’re looking to see endemic species of birds, go swimming with sea turtles, or snorkeling with manta rays, this is the place for you.

Waves rolling into an island in the Galapagos featuring a beach and a small forested area.

Noteworthy Scenery

The varying islands of the Galapagos archipelago will satiate your wanderlust with their distinctive landscapes and wildlife. Some islands have pristine beaches, some are brimming with wildlife, and others are other-worldly examples of the natural power of the tectonic plates that lie just beneath the turquoise waters of the Galapagos Islands.

Smiling visitors sitting next to a playful sea lion on a rock formation in the Galapagos Islands.

Unique Galapagos Wildlife

One of the biggest draws of the Galapagos Islands is the endemic wildlife that can be viewed on each island. See giant tortoises, sea turtles, Galapagos iguanas, and sea lions. Bird-watchers will delight in sightings of blue and red-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, darwins finches, and much more!

A Galapagos tortoise walking through a grassy field covered with leaves in Galapagos National Park.

Galapagos National Park

Rest easy knowing that your Galapagos vacation won’t disturb the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Galapagos National Park is a protected park dedicated to preserving this delicate ecosystem. Cruise schedules are coordinated at all times to ensure a limited number of visitors are in the national park each day so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos Islands for years to come.

A man wearing a wetsuit snorkeling in the ocean near a large school of fish in the Galapagos.

Water Activities

Whether you choose a luxury cruise or a land-hopping package, your Galapagos itinerary will include water activities like snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, and kayaking. Talk to your Inca Expert travel advisor about adding in scuba diving tours or other activities still on your bucket list.

Aerial view of Sierra Negra, one of several volcanoes found in the Galapagos Islands.

Volcanoes & Lava Flows

The Galapagos Islands continue to be formed by the movement of tectonic plates and volcanic activity, making each trip to the Galapagos slightly different. View lava flows and volcanoes, hike Sierra Negra, or relax on black volcanic sand beaches during your Galapagos Island vacation.

A group of Galapagos sea lions sunbathing on a red sand beach in the Galapagos Islands.

Colorful Beaches

An incredible phenomenon occurs on the shores of the nutrient-rich Galapagos Islands. Differently weighted sediments from the minerals found in the volcanic rock rise to the surface giving Galapagos beaches distinct colors. Alongside typical white-sand beaches, explore red beaches, black volcanic beaches, and even a green sand beach composed of olivine particles.

The entrance to the Charles Darwin Research Center located on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos.

Charles Darwin Research Station

A trip to the Galapagos wouldn’t be complete without gaining insight into Charles Darwin’s research project in the Galapagos archipelago. The Charles Darwin Research Station, located on Santa Cruz Island, is the operative branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation, whose mission is the restoration and protection of the Galapagos ecosystem. A visit here will show you the extensive collection of preserved specimens and teach you more about the wildlife of the Galapagos.

Luxury Galapagos Hotels

Hand-picked by our Experts

Your Inca Expert travel advisor will customize your itinerary so that you’re fully rested for an unforgettable Galapagos experience. Our Top Galapagos hotel recommendations include:

Trees surround the 5-star Royal Palm Hotel with white walls and wooden details on the Galapagos Islands.

Royal Palm Hotel


The Royal Palm Hotel lies remotely in the highland forest just 20-minutes from Puerto Ayora. With all of the amenities for a luxurious stay including air conditioning, personalized attention, and quiet casitas or villas, this is the perfect base for your Galapagos getaway.

A beige room inside the Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos Islands with trees outside the window and calm artwork on the walls.

Finch Bay Hotel


Finch Bay Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel only steps away from the beach on south Santa Cruz Island. All air-conditioned rooms are connected by wooden walkways, giving you sightseeing opportunities without leaving your hotel.

An overhead shot of the interior of a room with two beds and dark wood at Hotel Solymar on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Hotel Solymar


Hotel Solymar, in the heart of Puerto Ayora, is a comfortable place to call home while you explore the Galapagos Islands. Rest by the pool overlooking the ocean, you’re likely to see friendly sea lions.

Luxury Galapagos Cruises

Hand-picked by our Experts

Your Inca Expert travel advisor will customize your Galapagos itinerary so that you’re fully rested during your Galapagos Cruise excursion. Our Top Galapagos Cruise recommendations include:

The Sea Star Journey, a yacht offering luxury cruises, traveling in the waters off the Galapagos.

Sea Star Journey Yacht

The Sea Star Journey is a luxury boat with two Jacuzzis on its spacious sundecks for panoramic views of the Galapagos Islands. This 16-passenger yacht offers all the personal care you can imagine.

The Coral I, a yacht offering Galapagos luxury cruises, making its way through the water.

Coral I & Coral II Galapagos Cruise

Coral I (36 passenger capacity) | Coral II (20 passenger capacity)

Sister yachts Coral I and Coral II provide comfort and elegance as you sail around the Galapagos Islands. A capacity size of 36 and 20 passengers respectively, these cruises have Jacuzzis, naturalist guides, and great food that will have you enjoying every moment in the archipelago.

Reclined beach chairs on the deck of the Seaman Journey, a catamaran offering Galapagos cruises.

Seaman Journey Catamaran Cruise

16 passenger capacity

The Seaman Journey is a first-class catamaran cruise that sails the turquoise waters of the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy fine dining, modern and contemporary interiors, and top-notch naturalist guides on this small passenger boat.

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The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination for wildlife viewing. Many species are endemic to the islands and are nonmigratory.

For the best weather visit the Galapagos Islands during the months between December and June. You’ll find warmer average temperatures, calm oceans, and high visibility underwater. Though this is the rainy season with daily drizzles, it’s also the sunniest time of year.

For best wildlife viewing visit the Galapagos Islands during the months between June to November. This is when the nutrient-rich Humboldt current flows through the Galapagos Islands bringing in plankton that marine animals thrive off. The water will be cold and can be rough, but it’ll be worth it once you see all the incredible creatures below the surface.

5-8 days as an average. If you only have one week to travel, 5-days in the Galapagos is the minimum amount of time you should spend that also takes domestic and international travel time into consideration. If you have more time to travel, we highly recommend taking your time and spending closer to 8 days exploring the archipelago.

You’ll visit varying islands around the archipelago on a Galapagos cruise. Each island has unique attractions and wildlife, but you’re sure to see giant tortoise breeding centers, and beautiful Galapagos beaches.

Galapagos cruise itineraries vary due to local environmental regulations. Your itinerary may include:

  • Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
  • Bartolome Island
  • Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
  • Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Puerto Chino, San Cristobal Island
  • Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, San Cristobal Island
  • Suarez Point, Espanola Island
  • Gardner Bay, Espanola Island
  • Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island
  • Baroness Bay & Lookout, Floreana Island
  • Santa Fe Island
  • South Plazas Island
  • North Seymour Island
  • Mosquera Islet
  • Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
  • Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
  • Chinese Hat, Santiago Island
  • Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
  • El Barranco, Genovesa Island

The endemic animal species of the Galapagos Islands draw in visitors year-round. Some are nonmigratory and can be seen year-round, while others have times of year they can be best spotted. Here are some you may see on your Galapagos tour depending on the time of year you visit and your customized itinerary.

  • Giant Galapagos tortoises
  • 56 species of birds (45 of which are endemic) including Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, red-footed and nazca boobies, flightless cormorants, frigatebirds, Galapagos penguins, and flamingos.
  • 33 species of sharks, including Galapagos, whitetip reef, hammerhead and whale sharks
  • 450 species of fish
  • Land iguanas
  • Marine iguanas
  • Green sea turtles
  • Sea lions
  • Fur seals
  • Manta rays

The main difference between a Galapagos Cruise and Galapagos Land Package is in the diversity of sightseeing and price.

A Galapagos cruise offers a wider diversity as you sail from one island to the other, giving you a farther reach than had from day-trips departing from a Land-based hotel. However, a Galapagos cruise is a high-end travel experience with personalized attention, which comes with the associated price tag. For more independent travel at a cheaper price, a Galapagos Land Packages may be more on-budget. Be prepared either way with anti-nausea medications, as both options require boat trips which may cause sea sickness in some travelers.

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As most Galapagos cruises embark on Santa Cruz island, the best way to get to the Galapagos Islands is to fly to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island from Quito (3.5 hour flight with a layover in Guayaquil) or Guayaquil (1.5 hour non-stop flight).

The San Cristobal airport is the alternative airport in the Galapagos, on the outskirts of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Allocate $20-$30 USD a day per passenger. Tips will go to boat crew, tour guides, wait staff, bartenders, and cleaning staff. Some, but not all, tips can be done via credit card, so bring about $300 USD in cash for tips for 2 people for a 4-5 day cruise.

Yes, with ~2-weeks of travel time you can see the two amazing destinations of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in one fantastic vacation. Our 11-day Galapagos & Machu Picchu itinerary starts by touring around the Galapagos Islands on a 5-day/4-night Galapagos cruise. Witness rare animals and unique landscapes while feeling completely pampered. Then, head onwards to Lima and Cusco city to learn about Inca culture before you journey to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu.

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