Spectacular, isolated and home to the famed Galapagos giant tortoise, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands really do feel like another world.

Inquisitive sea lions and spiky marine iguanas breach and bask between island and shore, while friendly hammerhead sharks patrol the depths and blue-footed boobies cut through the sky.

Nowadays, the islands host a steady stream of modern-day explorers. And for good reason - as far as face-to-face wildlife encounters go, the Galapagos wildlife experience rivals even the likes of Africa.

Top Galapagos Islands travel deals

Departing Days From GBP
1 Jan 2017
Galapagos Island Hopping
8 £1,295
£1,126
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3 Jan 2017
Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands - (Daphne)
6 £1,750
£1,308
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3 Jan 2017
Complete Galapagos - (Daphne)
10 £3,165
£2,298
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5 Jan 2017
Galapagos Venture
9 £1,460
£1,411
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6 Jan 2017
Galapagos Adventure - Northern Islands (Daphne)
7 £2,165
£1,516
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6 Jan 2017
Galapagos on a shoestring
7 £685
£645
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10 Jan 2017
Ultimate Galapagos - Central Islands (Daphne)
10 £3,255
£2,361
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11 Jan 2017
Pure Galapagos (Daphne)
8 £2,605
£1,906
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13 Jan 2017
Best of Peru & Galapagos
18 £3,355
£2,774
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14 Jan 2017
Active Galapagos
10 £2,070
£1,746
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Transport in Galapagos Islands

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Galapagos Islands, you may find yourself travelling on:

Daphne - The Intrepid Galapagos Boat

Daphne

  • Private rooms with-en suites and air-conditioning
  • Undercover outdoor terrace
  • Safe boarding area
  • Indoor lounge and dining area
  • Top-level sundeck
  • Bar on board
  • Fresh, chef-prepared meals three times a day
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks available at all times
  • Friendly crew and naturalist guide on board
  • Maximum of 16 passengers

Queen Beatriz - The Intrepid Galapagos Boat

Queen Beatriz

A selection of spacious, private rooms with en-suite and air-conditioning – some with private balconies

  • 1 x large suite with en-suite, air-conditioning, balcony and private lounge
  • Large indoor dining area
  • Large outdoor dining area
  • On-board bar with comfortable seating
  • Fresh, chef-prepared meals three times a day
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks available at all times
  • Friendly crew and naturalist guide on board
  • Expansive sundeck on top floor
  • Jacuzzi
  • Maximum of 16 passengers

Galapagos Islands holiday information

About the Galapagos Islands

Best time to visit Galapagos Islands

Geography and environment

Top wildlife to spot in the Galapagos

Health and safety

Further reading

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

If you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip will be very much appreciated. As a guideline US$10-15 per passenger, per day, is standard for the crew, and US$7-10 per day for your guide. Tips can be left in envelopes in your cabin on the last day of your journey. Some restaurants on the islands may already include a 10% service charge in the bill, in which case an extra tip isn't required. At places that don’t include a service charge, feel free to round up the bill or leave some spare change.

There are reliable internet cafes in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) and Puerto Baquerizo (San Cristobal Island). Some hotels and restaurants on other islands will have a Wi-Fi connection, but it is best not to count on it.

There is good mobile phone reception on the larger islands, but don’t expect it when at sea. The best local telephone companies are Porta and Movistar. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.

Toilets in the Galapagos towns are generally of the Western-style flushable variety (and always on the boats), though you might have to deal with pit/squat toilets in rural areas. When on land it’s a good idea to carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always supplied.

Soft drink = US$2
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = US$5
Meal at a mid-range restaurant = US$30

Tap water in the Galapagos Islands isn't safe to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.

No, not widely. There are a handful of shops on Santa Cruz that may accept payments from the major credit cards, but it's preferable to have cash on hand.

The banks in Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo have ATMs. The Banco del Pacífico in both towns is open Monday to Friday - 8am to 3.30pm, Saturdays - 9am to 12.30pm. It's best to withdraw your money on the mainland however, in case these are out of order.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in the Galapagos Islands

Top responsible travel tips for the Galapagos Islands

  1. Do not touch the animals.
  2. Stay further than 2 meters from the animals at all times, both for your own safety and theirs.
  3. Do not feed the animals, as it can be detrimental to their health.
  4. Do not take ‘souvenirs’ of rocks or flora off the island.
  5. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water or use water purification tablets.
  6. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  7. Smoking in the national park areas is prohibited.
  8. Stay within the designated walking trails, both for your own safety and that of the flora and fauna.
  9. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse animals, or that sell endangered animal products.