Galapagos Islands Holidays & Travel Facts

A visit to Ecuador would be incomplete without a visit to the Galapagos National Park, justifiably one of the world’s great wildlife destinations. Free of humans and predators for almost all of their history, the islands have developed some of the most unique life forms on the planet.

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Overview for Galapagos Islands

Visitors to the archipelago are guided around the islands by expert naturalists, while the wildlife is virtually fearless and unaffected by their presence. Swim and snorkel with turtles and sea lions. On land, find yourself sidestepping iguanas and nesting frigate birds.

Galapagos Island Guide

Espanola (Hood) Island

The most southerly island with a beautiful white coral beach and excellent snorkelling. Sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, masked and blue-footed boobies and weaved albatross abound.

Floreana (Charles) Island

Site of the famous Post Office Barrel, an informal post box for sailors. Habitat to pink flamingo, pintail ducks and sea turtle. Snorkelling at Devil’s Crown, an extinct volcanic crater.

Santa Cruz

Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit the giant prickly–pear cactus forest. Land birds, Galapagos sea lion, lava lizard, and the famous giant tortoise are plentiful.

Bartolome Island

A small island with some of the most impressive volcanic scenery and moon-like landscapes in the archipelago. The famous Pinnacle Rock can be seen here.

North Seymour Island

A small uplifted lava flow island that once lay on the ocean bed. Bird life is abundant and you can find the magnificent frigate bird, land iguanas, lava lizard and sea lions.

Fernandina Island

One of the most pristine islands and the youngest in the archipelago, with an active volcano. A profusion of marine iguanas, sea lions, green sea turtle and flightless cormorants.

Isabela Island

The largest island in the Galapagos and the most volcanically active. Tagus Cove was historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers. A diverse range of wildlife including giant tortoise.

Genovesa Island

Now an extinct volcano and a paradise for thousands of birds including frigate and masked and red-footed boobies.

San Cristobal Island

The easternmost island of the archipelago and first island that Charles Darwin set foot upon in the Galapagos. Kicker Rock is a beautiful rocky islet. Exceptional bird watching opportunities.

Note: Galapagos National Marine Park Fee of US$100 per person is paid locally (subject to change).