What to Choose: Land-Based Galapagos Tour or Galapagos Cruise?
While visiting the Galapagos, you have two choices. Either sleep on a cruise ship or stay at a hotel on one of the islands. Generally, most travelers traditionally prefer a Galapagos Cruise. On the other hand, hotel and land based tours are favorable to travelers who are prone to sea sickness, have physical limitations, or who want to explore on their own free time. It is also a great choice for families or groups traveling together, especially those with small children.
Land Based Galapagos Tours vs. Galapagos Cruises
This is one of the most discussed topics about visiting the Galapagos Islands. It all comes down to what you are most comfortable doing and what needs you have.
Land based tours are excellent for those who are easily sea sick and become dizzy on vessels. They are also great options for those traveling with families or small children. Many times children below a certain age are not allowed on cruises due to liabilities. On island hopping or land based tours, you can quickly reach various visitor sites to enjoy with your group or family. Furthermore, land based tours can be more budget friendly compared to a cruise. And in today’s age of technology, you’ll have free wifi at the Red Mangrove hotel, rather than be disconnected for four or more days!
Cruises are a great option because they are able to reach remote islands that cannot be visited on various island hopping tours. Also, cruises are able to cover more territory than an island hopping tour, visiting more islands and completing more activities in the same amount of days. Animals and landmarks specific to your interests are important to keep in mind. Do you want to see Española Island and the Waved Albatrosses? Is Post Office Bay on your bucket list? Is there a certain endemic specie native to Galapagos you just need to see? These are all very important questions regarding whether a cruise or land tour will fit your wants and needs. Remember you can always send an email or call and ask. We are more than happy to help you organize the best possible Galapagos experience.
Common Activities on Land-Based Tours
Galapagos wildlife is what draws more than 215,000 tourists (2014) a year to the islands. Henceforth, here are the following ways you can see the best of the Galapagos:
- Hiking: From easy strolls to a more intensive hikes up an active volcano; all together you will see the range of Galapagos plant and animal life. Also, you’ll get to walk across lava flows, tunnels, panoramic cliffs, and mature forests filled with finches and other beautiful bird species.
- Snorkeling: Even first-time snorkelers can learn quickly and view amazing sea life. On all of our land based and island hopping tours with Red Mangrove, you’ll be provided a face mask, fins, and snorkel. Of course, you’ll be with experienced guides and they will explain everything and help point out species under the surface to further enjoy the experience.
- Diving: We will have packages available soon. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in diving in the Galapagos.
- Animal Encounters: In and around the hotel, we are surrounded by wildlife. In particular, marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. Consequently, they offer great photo opportunities right from our very own patio.
- Breakfast: Guests at Red Mangrove can enjoy a special treat as they gather for their breakfast. Expect to see marine iguanas, sea lions, crabs, finches, lava lizards, and more on and around the hotel’s deck overlooking the bay.
Contact one of our Galapagos trip planning specialists for help designing the ideal trip to the Galapagos Islands.