If you're a fan of wildlife and the outdoors, look no further than the Galapagos Islands. This beautiful archipelago located in Ecuador is volcanic and is one of the best spots for seeing wildlife in the entire world. It's also famously the location that Charles Darwin visited in the 19th century, which inspired his evolution theory. A Galapagos tour is the perfect way to visit this set of islands. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Galapagos tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Galapagos Tour Deals and DiscountsGalapagos Travel Guide
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Galapagos Travel Guide
Galapagos Tours Highlights
- Learn at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
- Go snorkeling on the Galapagos Islands.
- Hike the Tortuga Bay Footway for fun.
- See the turtles at Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island.
- Learn from the local fisherman at the Fish Market of Puerto Ayora.
- Witness the seals at La Loberia.
- Relax at Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island.
- Visit the fantastic Sierra Negra Volcano.
- Go Bird Watching.
- Try cliff jumping at Las Grietas.
- See wildlife at Black Turtle Cove.
- Walk to Pinnacle Rock at Bartolome Island.
Galapagos Tours Travel Tips
- Take the time to converse with the locals, even if it's just your waiter at a restaurant. The people in the Galapagos are so lovely and love speaking with visitors, so take advantage of that and learn a little more about the local people and local life!
- Make sure you pack the essentials, including sunscreen, bug spray, and maybe even a hat. The majority of things to do in the Galapagos are outdoors, and you'll want to be prepared to be exposed to the sun!
- Be sure to research and learn more about wildlife. Animals play a huge part in the touristic draw to the Galapagos, but it's worth brushing up on the local nature before visiting to be prepared.
- Pack light and bring casual clothing. A lot of your adventuring, as mentioned earlier, will be outdoors, and you also won't have a whole lot of room generally in your hotels and accommodations.
- Bring a great camera, even if it's just on your phone. You'll want to snap pictures almost everywhere you look while you're in the Galapagos to save all the great memories for a lifetime!
Galapagos Tours Things To Do
- Learn at the Charles Darwin Research Center
The Charles Darwin Research Station is the best spot to learn more about Darwin and his discoveries while visiting the Galapagos. This research institute is also home to tons of well-preserved plants, showcasing the vastness of the islands. The research center is located on Santa Cruz Island and is best visited by boat. There's a vast photography exhibit in the exhibition hall, tons of presentations, artifacts, and even a skeleton of an old whale. If you get hungry, there's a restaurant right on site!
You Should KnowThe Charles Darwin Research Center closes for about 2 hours in the middle of the day every day, so plan your trip wisely if you plan on visiting.
- Go snorkeling
One of the best ways to learn about the sea life in the Galapagos is to go snorkeling! The great thing about snorkeling is that it's different than diving, and you don't have to have done it before. Anyone can grab some snorkel gear and see what sea life is all about! You can find everything from sea lions to Galapagos sharks when looking underwater here. Be on the lookout for the coral reefs too! If you didn't pack snorkel gear, don't worry. There are many places around the island where you can either rent or purchase some for your adventure!
You Should KnowThis isn't an activity that's suited for younger children. You should at least know how to swim to participate!
- Hike the Tortuga Bay Footway
Tortuga Beach also referred to as Tortuga Bay, is a gorgeous area to visit in the Galapagos. It's known for its fantastic beach, sand, and wildlife that you can witness if you take the nearby walk. The Tortuga Bay Footway is an easy 4.6-mile walking trail, so no matter your skill level, you'll be able to go on this hike. It's not a loop trail; virtually, you walk out and return on the very same pathway. This is an excellent hike for young children and dogs as well for your trip to the Galapagos!
You Should KnowA lot of the path is paved, so don't wear flip flops for your walk, or you may regret it.
- Learn from the fisherman at the Fish Market of Puerto Ayora
The Fish Market of Puerto Ayora is located on Santa Cruz Island and is truly a must-visit when going to the Galapagos Islands. The fish market is located right along the town's waterfront. It may be small, but it's such a fun place to visit. You can find a bunch of local fishermen at the fish market weighing their catches of the day and preparing them to bring to restaurants and other nearby places. There are many benches in the area where you can sit and watch if you'd like. This is also a top spot to bird watch if you're interested in seeing pelicans by the dozens.
Best Time To VisitVisit earlier in the morning because sometimes the market closes right after lunchtime!
- Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano
Sierra Negra is a shield volcano located in the Galapagos on Isabela Island. It last erupted in 2018 and is, therefore, still an active volcano. It stands at 3,688 feet, so it's quite tall, and you truly can't miss it if you're in the area. There are lots of nearby hikes which will give you a fantastic view of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Be careful, because some of the walks are quite difficult, but others are relatively easy. It's a great way to witness the volcano!
You Should KnowIt's argued that the best way to visit the Sierra Negra Volcano is to go with a tour guide. So, if you're on a Galapagos tour, you're in luck!
- See the turtles at Tortuga Bay
Tortuga Bay is located right on Santa Cruz Island and is arguably one of the best places to visit in all of the Galapagos. While the walking path is a massive draw for tourists and locals, Tortuga Bay's real highlight is the giant tortoises! That's what the bay itself is even named after. The tortoises can be seen out all day and are breathtaking in person. If you try to take a photo of them, remember that they are animals and don't be intrusive. This is their home, not yours!
You Should KnowMake sure that you bring your bathing suit - Tortuga Bay is the perfect spot for swimming too!
- Relax at Puerto Villamil
Puerto Villamil is a little village located right on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. Though it's relatively tiny, this village is a hot spot to visit because of its breathtaking beaches that are truly magical. Some other top spots in Puerto Villamil include the Pearl Shell for snorkeling and wildlife spotting, the Wall of Tears for History, and the Iglesia Catolica Cristo Salvador for breathtaking architecture that you can't witness on the other islands.
You Should KnowInstead of staying at a hotel here, opt to stay at bed and breakfast to mingle more with locals.
- See wildlife at Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is located on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos and is part of the national park. It's one of the most underrated spots to visit in all of the islands and is more often visited by locals, but it's incredibly scenic and beautiful. This area is on protected and undeveloped land, so nature has just completely taken over, which only adds to Black Turtle Cove's allure. Be on the lookout for the wildlife and rare plants that you can find in this area!
Best Time To VisitThe Black Turtle Cove is never truly crowded, so that you can visit any time of day. Opt to visit at sunrise or sunset for an unforgettable view!
- Cliff jump at Las Grietas
Las Grietas is a beautiful area in the Galapagos surrounded by substantial cliff faces of rocks. In between, three's a tiny little stretch of water that is one of the most scenic places to go swimming (or cliff jumping, if you're feeling adventurous) in all of the Galapagos. This place is a bit harder to get to, but it's worth visiting. If you decide to cliff jump, remember to be careful because there is always the possibility of danger when doing so. Don't forget your sunscreen when you visit either!
Best Time To VisitUnlike many of the other places on this list, the Las Grietas is a popular spot to visit so that it can get quite busy later in the day. Visit as early as possible in the morning to have the whole area just to yourself.
Galapagos Tour Packages
The Galapagos is a beautiful place to visit no matter the time of year, so you're in luck whether your tour is in December or July! However, there are better times to visit during the year if you'd rather avoid all the crowds and have lower accommodation prices.
- Spring and Fall - September to November and March to May - Shoulder Season
Similar to most other destinations, the shoulder seasons for the Galapagos are the spring and fall seasons. In the spring, the average temperature is approximately 67°F. The fall average temperature is just about the same.
- Winter - June to August - High Season
The winter is the most popular time to visit the Galapagos because of the weather. It's the driest time of the year! The average temperature is also quite cold, with the highs commonly reaching approximately 65°F. You might find that lodging prices will be at their highest during the winter because of the influx of visitors.
- Summer - December to February - Low Season
This time of year is the least visited because it's the rainiest. The average temperature every day is about 70°F. Unlike the winter, you'll find that prices will be at their lowest during this time of year, so you can genuinely snag an accommodation deal.
Galapagos Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Galapagos Tours?
Galapagos Tours are perfect for travelers who don't like planning out all of the details of trips. With these tours, your itinerary will be thoroughly planned out for you, in addition to a majority of your accommodations, meals, and transportation. What more could you want? You'll also be able to make friends in your tour group, and you'll have a tour director who will be with you throughout the whole trip.
- What’s included on a Galapagos Tour?
The true highlight of Galapagos tours is that they include access to a tour director who will be with you for the entirety of your tour. This means that they will be here to make sure your group sticks to the itinerary, makes it to the right places at the right time, and will even field all of your questions.
- What’s the best Galapagos Tour?
The best Galapagos tour doesn't exist! Each one is amazing, and it's so hard to compare them. Honestly, the best Galapagos tour depends on what you're looking for. Consider how long you'd like your trip to be, the places you'd like to be on your itinerary, and your budget. Luckily, if you find that you're having issues trying to choose the best tour for you, our tour experts are always readily available awaiting your call.
- How much do Galapagos Tours cost?
Each Galapagos tour has its price, so there isn't an average price per day across the board. Some of the tours cost as little as $90 per day, while others might cost closer to $200. It varies depending on the tour operator, the tour's length, the stops along the tour, and more. Luckily, booking through Affordable Tours means that you can save up to 40% off the average brochure price that you'd see for this very same tour elsewhere!
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Reviews for Galapagos Tours and Vacations
The staffs were exceptional and helpful. The Galapagos catamaran had material problems and hot water was spotty and uncertain. The chef tried but fell short. Much more snorkeling than advertised was provided but most accepted the change. The Napo Wildlife center was a first class operation on every respect. Staff , accommodations, amenities, activities and food outstanding. The Swishotel in Quito was a great hotel and a good choice. Tipping guidelines we were given said said tipping in Quito was covered in tour price. The people providing services in Quito did not seem to understand that being the case. That was a little uncomfortable to all. Overall a good tour. Thanks.
This was an amazing trip of the Galapagos islands, the Amazon jungles and Ecuador. It was physically bit challenging for a 76 year old couple (us) because of activities starting with waking up at 4-5 AM, and continuing after the dinner. Our tour Director Jose is one of the top notch professional for this tour and he made it smooth and very enjoyable. We could not praise enough of his impeccable English, vast knowledge, very skilled organization. He is a very kind, considerate and friendly person. He is a rare gem in travel industry!
The tour to the Galapagos Islands and the overnights in Ecuador were wonderful! There was a problem with the accommodations, but Gate1 resolved it. The naturalist guides and other staff were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
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