Galapagos Islands Holidays

The Galápagos Islands are world-famous, and with good reason. Born from volcanoes in the remote Pacific, 1,000 kilometres west of Ecuador, this clutch of rust-hued islands host an astounding variety of wildlife and marine life. Many of the creatures that call these islands home are found nowhere else on earth. Galápagos holidays provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness mythical creatures in their natural habitats.

Known for their vast number of endemic species, able to thrive due to the lack of land predators, the Galápagos Islands were studied by Charles Darwin and inspired his groundbreaking Theory of Evolution. The islands have remained relatively unspoiled by humans, and to this day, a colourful abundance of wildlife fearlessly inhabits the moon-like landscape.

Wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on earth

Galápagos tours provide a startling sight: terra cotta sands cover an undulating landscape of islands, interlaced with waters of deep turquoise. Wander the Parque Nacional Galápagos - the oldest of its kind in Ecuador - and spot penguins waddling along the shore, blue-footed boobies engaged in their amusing courtship dance and 200-year old sea turtles ambling the red sands. Dive into the crystal waters to swim beside sea lions, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and huge shoals of shimmering silver-striped sergeant major fish. This is a natural nirvana like no other.

We suggest visiting as part of a small Galápagos cruise tour, which gives you the opportunity to visit many of the archipelago’s volcanic islands - some wild and uninhabited. Expert tour guides educate you on the islands fascinating history and make sure you see its most beautiful inhabitants.

We can organise your Galápagos tour as part of a greater Ecuador holiday, or an extensive adventure in South America. Why not visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca in Peru, or trek to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu? A world of adventure awaits - get in touch with our Destination Specialists today.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch playful sea lions, unique marine iguanas and waddling penguins sunbathe on the red sand beaches
  • Take a boat to the volcanic islet Bartolomé and hike to the moonscape summit for breathtaking panoramas
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to preserving the island’s ecosystems - with the chance to see their tortoise breeding programme
  • Snorkel amongst a luminous world of giant sea turtles and shoals of brightly glittering tropical fish

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx. 30 hours; indirect flights are available from UK airports.

Currency

US dollar (USD)

Visa Information

British citizens will not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Galapagos Islands.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Galapagos.

Best time to go to Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos seasons are split into warm and dry, and cold and wet. For warmer, calmer seas and the best underwater visibility, the warm months - May and December - are the best time to go. There is also good weather between June and November, with the months between January and April the worst time to visit.

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Average weather in January

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30ºC
59mm

Average weather in February

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30ºC
61mm

Average weather in March

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31ºC
83mm

Average weather in April

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31ºC
58mm

Average weather in May

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26ºC
52mm

Average weather in June

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26ºC
16mm

Average weather in July

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26ºC
11mm

Average weather in August

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26ºC
15mm

Average weather in September

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26ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

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27ºC
61mm

Average weather in November

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28ºC
60mm

Average weather in December

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29ºC
47mm

Types of Galapagos Islands holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The Galapagos Islands are composed of 18 main islands (of at least 1 square kilometre in size), as well as a number of smaller minor islands; each surounded by numerous rocks and islets and hosting its own distinct ecosystem, and unique flora and fauna. 

There are no direct flights to the Galapagos Islands from the UK – and your preceding journey is dependent on your specific itinerary – but the likelihood is that you'll travel to mainland Ecuador, flying into either the capital city of Quito or Guayaquil.

From Quito or Guayaquil you'll then take an onward flight to Isla San Cristobal or Isla Baltra. 

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