THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

GALAPAGOS ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Visiting Galapagos is an unforgettable experience.
As Charles Darwin wrote, “the natural history of these islands is very special – Galapagos is like a small world in itself”.
The islands are known for the fearless interaction of the animals with humans: you can snorkel here with penguins and sea lions, you can see 200 kilos of turtles wade through cactus forests and you can enjoy close-up blue-footed gannets and frigate birds.
The Ecuadorian governments always worked to preserve the fragile ecological balance of the islands. Galapagos has been recognized as a National Park since 1959. Since 1981, the islands have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the ocean around them has been declared a reserve.

Visiting Galapagos may or may not be consecutive to a visit to the mainland.

VISITING THE ISLANDS WITH A CRUISE SHIP.

The Galapagos Islands are best visited with a small cruise ship. Almost all ships take a maximum of 16 passengers. You eat and sleep on board the ship during the cruise and usually sail at night. This way you also reach the more remote islands. All ships have one or more professional English speaking guides on board permanently. At least two sites are visited during the day. You will get up early, have breakfast on board and then go ashore where you will be shown around by the guide. In the afternoon you will go back on board for lunch. The ship will sail to the next site where you will disembark for another visit. Sometimes there is swimming, snorkelling or kayaking, always according to the program. Only about 80 ships are allowed to circumnavigate visitors to the Galapagos Islands. Their permit is reviewed every year.

VISITING THE ISLANDS FROM A HOTEL

There are a limited number of hotels on only 4 islands (Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana). Here is our choice, arranged by island.

EXPLORE ECUADOR | PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR A VISIT

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WHY TRAVEL WITH EXPLORE ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
Explore Ecuador and Galapagos!

WHY TRAVEL TO ECUADOR?

Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.

WAAROM REIZEN MET ONTDEK-ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!