Galapagos Travel Guide

An expedition cruise around the Galapagos Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and it's one you'll no doubt want to be prepared for. Our travel guide is a great place to start, packed full of useful information that will help plan a smooth journey. Discover the top islands you'll visit on a cruise and decide when you want to travel based on the seasons and the activity of the local wildlife. Swot up on pre-travel health advice and what items you should pack with our Top Travel Tips and check what visas you'll need before you travel.


Best Places to Visit

Top islands to explore in the Galapagos archipelago, included on most cruises

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Best Time to Visit

Information on the climatic conditions and seasons of the Galapagos Islands


Top Travel Tips

Plenty of info on everything you need to know about the boat, activities and more


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for travellers to the Galapagos Islands and how to obtain one

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Galapagos Wildlife Guide

Learn more about what unique wildlife to see and when best to see them


Multi-Country Tours

Available touring combinations in South America that include the Galapagos Islands

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Recommended Reading

  • Galapagos
    by Kurt Vonnegut
  • My Father's Island: A Galapagos Quest
    by Johanna Angermeyer
  • On the Origin of Species
    by Charles Darwin
Did you know...?

Facts about Galapagos

  • The Galapagos Islands are where Charles Darwin had his breakthrough theory on evolution.
  • The giant tortoises, for which the islands are known, can live for as long as 150 years and weigh around 270kg.
  • From the 16th century onwards, the Galapagos Islands were used by pirates who would hide their loot there.

Galapagos Travel Advice

We keep informed of the latest travel updates on the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Tourist Organisation site and the latest Ecuador and Galapagos Weather Updates from the BBC.