GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES - GALAPAGOS TOURS - GALAPAGOS LAND TOURS
Our Galapagos Islands Cruises, Galapagos Tours, and premium selection of Ecuador Tours, such as our Ecuador Jungle Expeditions, are guaranteed to provide you with the travel experience of a lifetime that surpasses even your highest expectations. Hop on board one of our Galapagos Islands Cruises and travel in luxury through the Enchanted Islands on one of our Galapagos Yachts, of which we have selected only the best. Take one of our Land-Based Galapagos Tours and experience first-hand the wonderful scenery, pristine beaches, and renowned flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands while staying comfortably at our choice selection of hotels. Combine one of our Galapagos Tours or Galapagos Islands Cruises with one of our Ecuador Tours and see some of the most spectacular phenomena that exist in the natural world on the same trip! Whatever you choose for your vacation, our highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable staff here at Nature Galapagos & Ecuador will arrange the perfect package that will leave you breathless every minute of the way.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES
Our Galapagos Islands Cruises have been carefully chosen because of their exceptional comfort, security, excellent reputations, and outstanding itineraries so that your experience aboard our vessels is second to none. Here at Nature Galapagos & Ecuador, we know that a trip to the Galapagos Islands is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some, and for that reason we have chosen only the best yachts and Galapagos Islands cruises so that you can get the most out of your experience.
All of the Galapagos Islands Cruises are divided into five catagories:
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Even though the Galapagos Islands are an incredible experience on any boat, keep in mind that much of your time is spent onboard. Deluxe and First Class cruises offer more spacious and luxurious cabins, more onboard amenities, superior service, and better quality food than the lower class boats; however Tourist and Economic Class cruises are a great option for people traveling on a budget, or prefer a smaller boat and more intimate experience (such as families and traveling couples).
Note: The Galapagos Islands National Park controls the itineraries for distribution through the islands; for this reason all Galapagos Islands cruises have specific itineraries and start dates (ask your sales agent for details). You can embark on certain Galapagos Islands cruises only on certain days.
Our Land-Based Galapagos Tours are one of the best and most affordable ways to experience the Galapagos Islands. During these programs, tourists stay at a selection of hotels in the category that they request, and spend the days touring around the inhabited islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Floreana, and Isabela. On any Galapagos Tour you will be given the opportunity to experience the best of what the Galapagos has to offer: spectacular scenery, active volcanos, and unique and endemic flora and fauna such as Galapagos sharks, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos tortoises, and a great variety of marine life.
Our Galapagos Tours are extremely flexible can be customized to fit your schedule and desires. They conveniently start every day, beginning in Baltra (4-5-6 day tours) or San Cristobal (8 day tours) depending on the type of program that you choose. These programs visit the inhabited islands of the Galapagos providing you with the unique opportunity to interact with locals, an experience highly cherished by tourists. You can check out our different programs below, which we have divided by days and by type.
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Our mainland Ecuador Tours are a great way to see everything this colorful and incredibly diverse country has to offer, and they are the perfect compliment to one of our Galapagos Islands Cruises or Galapagos Tours. We can design our tours to perfectly fit your interests in visiting Ecuador, whatever they may be. Let us help you experience the vibrant Andean culture and breahtaking landscapes of the Andes Mountains, the natural beauty and biological wonders of the Amazon Jungle, and the rich colonial history of Ecuador and the unique mixture of coexisting modern and indigenous cultures. Contact us about planning any of our Ecuador Tours, or about planning mainland Ecuador Tours before or after a Galapagos Islands Cruise or Galapagos Tour and get the most out of your vacation by experiencing all of the natural wonders and vibrant cultures of this fascinating country.
HOW TO CHOOSE A TOUR
You can book one of our Galapagos Islands Cruises, Galapagos Tours, or any of our other Ecuador Tours online from your home country, or through one of the many agencies that can be found in Ecuador. To make your trip as enjoyable as possible we recommend that you devote some time to searching for the option that is the best fit for you. Also, we recommend booking your trip from home as this is more efficient and easier than trying to book your trip after arriving in Ecuador.
FROM THE WORLD TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
The first step to planning Galapagos Islands Cruises, Galapagos Land Tours, and mainland Ecuador Tours is to book your flight to Ecuador in advance. Several airlines offer service to Ecuador such as American Airlines, Delta, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa (no direct flights), Avianca, TACA, LAN, and Air Canada (with connections). You can book your flight to Ecuador through any of these airlines.
Ecuador has two international airports: one in Quito City (airport code UIO) the capital of Ecuador, and one in Guayaquil City (airport code GYE). From either of these airports you can go to the Galapagos Islands.
FROM ECUADOR TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Any travel agency that organizes your trip to the Islands will help you to book your flights to and from the Galapagos. It is possible to combine routes; for example, you can leave from Quito to the Galapagos Islands and fly back to Guayaquil, or vice versa. However, you cannot buy a one-way ticket.
The AIR FARE changes depending on the route and season (see below) of your flight. Prices may also change without notice. Usually travel agencies already have reserved spaces on the plane for their passengers. For this reason it is recommended that you have the agency arrange and book the flights for you.
The low season is from May 1st to June 14th, and September 15 to October 31st; the rest of the year is high season. The prices are the same for flights to San Cristobal or to Baltra.
In the Galapagos Islands there are two airports with routes that come from the continent. There are no direct international flights to the Galapagos Islands. The most common airport that is used is usually the airport in Baltra, from which flights go to Santa Cruz or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal. These two islands are 96 km away from each other. There are three daily flights to Baltra and one daily flight to San Cristobal.
The flight time to the Galapagos Islands is approximately one and a half hours from Guayaquil and 2 and a half hours (including a 45 minutes stop in Guayaquil) from Quito. All flights from Quito pass through Guayaquil.
When you arrive at Baltra or San Cristobal airport, please show your original passport to the migrations officer; after that you must stop by the Galapagos Islands National Park Desk in order to pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100 for adults or $50 for children under 12.