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Galápagos

Islands seemingly forgotten by time, the Galápagos have fascinated nature lovers for nearly two centuries, ever since Charles Darwin’s Galápagos-based research on the theory of evolution catapulted the islands to world fame. These challenging islands are no easy vacation, but those who are looking to immerse themselves in the outdoors will enjoy an idyllic wildlife escape that can be found nowhere else on Earth.

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  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Trailblazers | Soul Searchers | Families
  • When to go
    Year-Round
  • Ideal length of stay
    1 Week

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    7 Days: Essential Galapagos

    Because of the diversity of the landscape and ability to move between the islands, the Galápagos have something new to offer every day, and trips can extend well beyond a week. Here are examples of the different types of Galapagos experiences our destination experts can create for you.

    • Water-Based

      Most travelers opt to spend the majority of your time in the Galapagos on a yacht or sailboat (cruise ships contribute more pollution and are discouraged). One of the great advantages is that a boat is the ultimate way to watch for wales or take to the upper deck at night to stargaze. You’ll also spend more time at the sites instead of in transit and you are with the same naturalists every day. However, anyone prone to sea sickness should consider that small yachts can rock noticeably when the seas get choppy. And many sea-based itineraries require at least a five-day minimum.

    • Land-Based

      Land accommodations are often more spacious than a yacht or sailboat, and the touring pace tends to be more relaxed. (Land-based tours are also often more ecofriendly.) However, you will lose valuable time in transit on day trips. For example, it can take four hours round trip from Puerto Ayora to Isabela Island. And land-based tours cannot reach some of the more remote islands, such as Genovesa (the so-called Bird Island) and isolated Española, home to such endemic species as the Española mockingbird and the waved albatross.

    • Adventure

      Visiting the Galapagos requires a fair amount of rigorous physical activities and the terrain and temperatures can be brutal. Getting in and out of a Zodiac during the island landings can be challenging for older visitors and kids; while the uneven terrain and steep volcanic islands can also present challenges. Those who want to scuba dive should plan to spend a few days before or after touring in Puerto Ayora or San Cristobal. Be aware that some of the best sites have additional certification requirements, and some sites have currents and surge that require more experience.

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Indagare's Colin Heinrich
“The silence of nature was palpable in the atmosphere, broken only by the lapping of waves and the distinctive barks of sea lions basking on the rocks nearby.”
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