On the Galapagos Islands you’ll hardly find a single footprint. But on this animal paradise the birds are exhibitionists and the seal cubs want to play.
It’s the place where Charles Darwin first thought up natural selection, a haven for creatures of the sky and sea. Here’s where thousands of species including penguins and turtles come to mate, nest and raise their young.
What people say
The Galapagos Discovery hotel based tour was well beyond my expectations. The land-based stay allowed for interactions with the local communities, local dining.
What people say
For naturalists and lovers of wildlife there is nothing like the Galapagos, and the tours offered by Peregrine, with small groups and well trained local guides and going to as many islands as possible, make the experience unforgettable.
Galapagos Islands travel highlights
Luxuriate on the white sand of Las Bachas
This beach is made from the silky smooth sand of eroded coral. It’s also a place for watching pacific green turtles, marine iguanas and elegant flamingos, among many other colourful creatures.
Trek through the Chinese Hat
This islet has a unique labyrinth of lava tubes, cavernous tunnels formed by ancient volcanic eruptions – and of course, many more turtles, crabs, birds and sea lions.
Go snorkelling at the pristine Gardner Beach
Get lured into the water by the playful sea lion pups and get immersed in a submarine world of reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish.
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Galapagos Islands tour reviews
Our Galapagos Islands trips score an average of 4.47 out of 5 based on 19 reviews in the last year.
Visiting Galapagos was a dream come true. We ticked off our wishlist of wildlife to see as we swam with penguins, sea lions, turtles, iguanas, rays & colourful fish. Saw mating boobies and frigate birds. A level of fitness to snorkel & walk rugged terrain is needed however.
Review submitted 20 Apr 2016
Hai Choo Teoh
The variety of wildlife encountered is breathtaking. It is a unique trip of a lifetime!
Review submitted 31 Mar 2016
Galapagos Islands holiday information
Galapagos Islands facts
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Galapagos Islands travel FAQs
- Australia: Not required
- Belgium: Not required
- Canada: Not required
- Germany: Not required
- Ireland: Not required
- Netherlands: Not required
- New Zealand: Not required
- South Africa: Not required
- Switzerland: Not required
- United Kingdom: Not required
- United States: Not required
Galapagos Islands are a part of Ecuador for visa and travel purposes. There is also a $20 transit fee and a $100 national park fee when entering Island.
As Peregrine travellers will be touring the Galapagos Islands by boat, it’s recommended that you tip US$10-15 per day for the crew and about US$7-10 per day for you guide. You may leave the tip in an envelope in your cabin on your last day.
Restaurants usually include a 10% surcharge so there’s no need to tip extra, and for other services you may like to round up your bill or leave a few extra dollars.
You’ll find internet cafes in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo on San Cristobal Island. You may also have Wi-Fi at your hotel or at some restaurants, but services can be scarce in the Galapagos Islands.
You’ll have mobile phone service on the large inhabited islands, but not while out at sea. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
The Galapagos Islands have Western-style toilets in most places but they also have squat toilets in some remote areas. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Soft drink = US$2
- Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = US$5
- Meal at a mid-range restaurant = US$30
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Galapagos Islands. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Credit cards are not widely accepted except for a few shops on Santa Cruz. You’ll require cash for most transactions on the Galapagos Islands.
Although there are banks on the islands of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo that have ATMs, these may be out of order so it’s best to withdraw money on mainland Ecuador. The Banco del Pacífico, however, is open 8am to 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays and 9am to 12.30pm Saturdays.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ecuador/public-holidays
We have Queen Beatriz boat available in the Galapagos Islands.
Top Galapagos Islands travel deals
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|Galapagos Explorer - Central Islands||7||$3,996||View Trip|
|Galapagos Encounter - Southern Islands||6||$3,172||View Trip|
|Galapagos Explorer - Southern Islands||7||$3,996||View Trip|
|Galapagos Encounter - Central Islands||6||$3,210||View Trip|
|Classic Galapagos - Central Eastern Islands||10||$5,384||View Trip|
|Grand Galapagos||17||$9,174||View Trip|
|Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands||10||$5,657||View Trip|
|Classic Galapagos - South Eastern Islands||10||$5,657||View Trip|
|Classic Galapagos - Central Southern Islands||10||$5,139||View Trip|