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Galapagos Travel


Longer Natural History Tours of the Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Travel


Longer Natural History Tours of the Galapagos Islands

Our trips are different. Most of them spend 11 days in the Galapagos Islands. About half a dozen expeditions each year spend 15 days in the islands. These are the longest regularly available tours of the Galapagos.

Our trips are educationally-oriented and are accompanied by a Tour Leader / Biologist in addition to a local Naturalist Guide. The tours are oriented to the passenger who wants to observe and learn as much as possible about the Galapagos - the animals and plants - on land and in the water.

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Different Is Better


Our trips are different than most, for several reasons

Different Is Better


Our trips are different than most, for several reasons

Slower Paced, Richer Experience

It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality than they are hurried from it...
— Charles Darwin, 1845

Tours Oriented to Photographers

The tours are paced to the needs of photographers and natural history enthusiasts. Anyone wanting more time on shore will experience value and enjoyment from our trips. We do offer important, extensive, unique, and excellent photo and observation opportunities.

  1. Most important is that we allow you to get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel experience. Our Workshops provide an in-depth orientation to the island's animals, animal behavor, ecology, geology, and evolution beyond the scope of most vacation–oriented tours.
  2. We spend a longer time in the islands than most tour groups. We feel that 11 days is the minimum time necessary to see most of the important Visitor Sites (including the outer islands) and be assured of a maximum viewing opportunity of the significant plant and animal species. We include 3 days in the volcanically-active western islands, where we whale-watch, see penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises in the wild. For maximum enjoyment and wildlife viewing opportunities, we recommend our 15 days in Galápagos program, incorporating an additional 4 days at key central islands.
  3. In addition to the legally-required Naturalist Guide, we provide a Tour Leader / Biologist who gives daily lectures on natural history. The Guide's role is to escort people on shore, to provide some wildlife interpretation, and to make sure the rules of the National Park are enforced. Having a Tour Leader adds a serious educational orientation to the trip.
  4. Our two daily island visits are longer (2-4 hours each) than most tours. We also go on shore earlier in the day (typically landing between 6 and 7am. vs. 8am for most other vessels) to enhance viewing and photographic opportunities.
 
 
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Experience matters...

Galapagos Travel has been specializing in the Galápagos islands, and offering our unique in-depth educationally-oriented programs there since 1990. That's 27 years of specialization! Between the three of us in the office we have a combined 65+ years booking Galápagos. That is a lot of experience working for you. We know the Galapagos (and mainland Ecuador). We know the visitor sites. We know the yachts. We know the logistics. We hand pick our naturalist guides and tour leaders. In short we make sure this is the Trip of a Lifetime you have been dreaming of.