Experience Santa Cruz Island
Experience Isabela Island
About Galapagos Islands
Tailor-made holidays to the Galapagos Islands with Round the World Experts
Our people are veteran travellers, many of whom have visited Ecuador and the islands and learned about this unique environment; a landscape that has remained relatively untouched by humans.
Planning a trip to somewhere as exciting as the Galapagos Islands is one that requires more than just booking flights and accommodation. At Round the World Experts we’ll create you a bespoke itinerary that ensures this trip of a lifetime not only lives up to your expectations, but exceeds them. We do this by getting to know you and the exact experience that you want. We work closely with the world’s best travel providers in order to create a tailor-made holiday experience for you, encompassing the best of the Galapagos Islands.
Once you’ve booked our experts will still be on hand to help you with any questions or changes you may want to make, even while you are travelling. You will also have access to our free Travel Butler service, which will supply you with documentation and help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime.
To stop dreaming and start planning a tailor-made Galapagos Islands holiday, call our Galapagos Island holiday Experts today.
At a spot where three ocean currents converge, the islands, of which there are 18 main ones, are part national park and part marine reserve. They are also home to an abundance of wildlife species and avifauna unique to the Galapagos, as well as giant tortoises and marine iguanas.
This wildlife is of course the main draw for travellers visiting this remote part of the world. Best experienced by boat, the archipelago offers some of the most thrilling wildlife watching in the world – where animals are not only unique but are just as inquisitive about you and you are about them.
Sightseeing in the Galapagos isn’t exclusive to the islands themselves. The region is also home to outstanding diving and snorkelling sites, alive with stingrays, manta rays, turtles and white-tipped sharks, as well as myriad reef fish. Wherever you explore, you’re bound to come across some of the world’s most incredible creatures. Just be sure that when you do, you leave no trace – a stunning environment like this relies on tight conservation measures.
When to go
As a once in a lifetime destination, there’s never a bad month to visit the Galapagos, although you may want to time your visit according to whether you prefer better weather or a greater abundance of wildlife and marine animals. If you’d prefer clear skies, the region’s warm season of December to May offers plenty of sun and an average temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius. While this season experiences regular rain, the seas are warmer for aquatic activities and usually calmer and clearer at this time. From June to November, heavy garua (fog and mist) rolls in at higher elevations and the water is colder. It's a fantastic time for wildlife watching though, as many of the animals are in action such as penguins and seabirds which can be seen hunting for fish.
For stopover ideas or to find out how you can work the Galapagos Islands into your dream itinerary, talk to one of our experts today. From Ecuador, consider travelling to the islands by cruise.
Airlines that fly to Galapagos Islands
The following airlines operate routes between London and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, or its capital Quito. From there, you can fly to the islands of Baltra or San Cristóbal.
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Delta Airlines
Best time to fly
The Galapagos Islands’ peak periods are from June to early September and from mid-December to mid-January. If you’re travelling at either of these times, it’s recommended that you book flights and accommodation at least six months in advance.
The Galapagos archipelago is about 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The average flight time from London to Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador is about 15 hours, with another two hours to reach the Galapagos.
For land wildlife:
- Get close to the turtles at Bahia Tortuga on Santa Cruz
- Visit the El Chato Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz
- Walk on the beach with seals at La Loberia on San Cristóbal
- Walk among the sea lions and blue-footed boobies on the beach at Ceroo Brujo on San Cristóbal
For other land activities:
- Learn more about Darwin’s theory of evolution at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz
- Visit the Interpretation Center on Isabela to learn the story of the Galapagos
- Dine by candlelight at Angermeyer Point restaurant overhanging the water
- Hike up the active volcano at Sierra Negra on Isabela island
For water-based activities:
- Spot seahorses, penguins and sea turtles off Isabela island
- Swim with seals at Isla Lobos
- Sail around the breathtaking cliffs of Las Grietas (The Grotto)
- Snorkel or dive at Las Grietas
- Dive with manta rays and sharks at Los Tuneles