Galapagos Islands Vacation

Finding the Best Galapagos Islands Vacation For You

Sea Lion hunting in a school of fish

Below is a guide to how to create the perfect Galapagos vacation that will exceed the expectations of each of the members of your group. There is so much to do and see on a trip to the Galapagos Islands, so it’s important to make the most of your time and optimize your experience for the interests and needs of your travel mates.

Hotel-Based Galapagos Tours vs. Galapagos Cruises

Many people ask the question: Which is best, a cruise or land tour? The answer depends on your particular needs and preferences, but why not just choose both?

By combining a cruise with staying in a hotel before and/or after the cruise, you can get both experiences in one trip. Choose a 4, 5 or 6-day cruise on the Ocean SprayPetrel, or the newest trimaran in Galapagos, Camila which embarks and disembarks at Santa Cruz Island (flying from Baltra Island Airport) then stay at the Red Mangrove Hotel after the cruise.

This option is especially appealing for those that would prefer a relatively short cruise but still want to spend more time exploring the best of the Galapagos Islands.

If you must choose one of the two, here are some considerations:

Hotel-based Galapagos Tours

Also known as Galapagos land tours or island hopping tours, these trips allow you to visit up to six islands in as little as 4 days.

  • 4 Day Combo Tour: Visit several islands near Santa Cruz with great opportunities to snorkel and photograph wildlife.
  • 5 Day Combo Tour: An extra day is added to the previous itinerary with the same activities, but more opportunities.

Galapagos Cruises

The Red Mangrove Hotel is owned and operated by Haugan Cruises, one of the most respected luxury cruise lines in Galapagos. Choose a cruise on the Ocean Spray or Petrel 16-passenger catamarans or their latest endeavor, the newest superyacht, trimaran Camila, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience cruising the Galapagos from as little as four days up to fifteen days.

Galapagos Diving Trips

SCUBA diving in Galapagos is like nowhere else on earth. Where else can you snorkel with marine iguanas, playful sea lions, and even docile sharks? We are currently redesigning our diving packages are coming soon, in the meantime Contact Us for more information.

Ecuador and Peru Extensions

Extend your Galapagos Islands Vacation to Ecuador!  To get to the Galapagos you’ll be flying into either Quito or Guayaquil Ecuador first. From there, continue your vacation to mainland Ecuador and even Peru or the Amazon Rainforest!  Also possible are tours exploring Quito, Cuenca, Guayaquil, the Andes and other regions of Ecuador.

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