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Galapagos Islands Vacations

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Travel to the Galapagos Islands on Vacation

Plan a dream vacation to the enchanting Galapagos Islands with Tourlane. At the southern tip of the Galapagos is the town of Puerto Ayora, which serves as the primary base for explorers doing tours of the Galapagos. With Tourlane, we make it possible for you to plan every element of your Galapagos Islands vacation in advance, all in one place. Speak to one of our local Travel Experts, who’ll gladly book your flights, accommodations, transfers, guides, and tours of the Galapagos.

Places to See on Your Galapagos Islands Vacation

  • Tortuga Bay

  • Santa Cruz Highlands

  • South Plaza Islands

  • Bartolome Islands

  • North Seymour Island

  • Santa Fe Island

  • Floreana Island

  • Dragon Hill

Things to Do on a Galapagos Islands Vacation

1. Tortuga Bay

If you’re passionate about wildlife, then Tortuga Bay will be a feast for the eyes during your Galapagos Islands vacation. A walking path provides a delightful route through this coastal bay as you look out in search of the rich marine life. A swim, snorkel, or dive will bring you closer to the numerous sea iguanas, so don’t miss out on one of these activities.

2. Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station is a foundation focused on sustainability and conservation of the rich biodiversity found on the islands. Here, witness the various stages of the Galapagos Tortoise as it grows to six feet in length and 500 pounds in weight. This educational experience will further enhance your Puerto Ayora tour as you see firsthand the remarkable work that goes into ensuring wildlife inhabitants remain protected. 

3. Santa Cruz Highlands

If you’re into hiking, head inland towards a peak altitude of 2,835 feet when entering the Santa Cruz Highlands. Due to its climate, this area attracts a variety of animals such as the Giant Galapagos Tortoise. No visit to the Galapgos Islands is complete without heading to El Chato Ranch—prepare to be amazed by all that it is you find when entering these highlands.

4. South Plaza Islands

Mustard colored Iguanas (largest on-land population), prickly pear cacti, and blood red vegetation make South Plaza Islands one of the most unspoiled parts of the country. Colonies of sea lions and countless bird species, as well as quirky rock formations, all await you here.

5. Bartolome Islands

Serene blue shades of waters surround this eastern volcanic islet. Take a short hike and look out across a horizon riddled with the sensational looking humps of neighboring islands. Pinnacle Rock presents a rock formation formed from magma. Enjoy a swim or snorkel in this wonderland of skylines and bubbling marine life.   

6. North Seymour Island

If you’re into birdwatching, head to North Seymour Island. This sparsely populated island is covered with low bushes and plants such as Palo Santo and Opuntia (prickly pear) and a huge local bird population, including blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and iguanas.

7. Santa Fe Island

The blue lagoon once served as an anchoring point, and the name of the island was actually given by an admiral. The land iguana here is endemic, as is the rice rat, and several other species that have now colonized the island. If you’re looking to dive or snorkel, this is a great place to visit.

8. Floreana Island

Floreana Island was named after Ecuador’s first president, Juan Jose Flores, during the island’s colonization. Marine iguanas, giant turtles, sea lions, coupled with the sense of isolation make you feel as though you’ve left the urban world far behind. Fun fact: the first post office of the Archipelago’s was opened here.  

9. Dragon Hill

Join one of the longest trails found anywhere in the Galápagos and journey through the desert-like landscape. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot a flamingo feeding from a saltwater lagoon. Look up and breathe in the coastal air of this magnificent landscape during your Puerto Ayora tour. Less

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