Galapagos FAQ

Alternative to Cruising

Land based Galapagos expeditions are possible on Santa Cruz Island or Isabela Island.

Internal_page_Galapagos_TortoiseSanta Cruz Island

is home to the Highlands, where you can walk among the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises and Charles Darwin Research Station.

Stay at Finch Bay Hotel to enjoy the quiet coastline near Puerto Ayora.

Alternatively stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp in the highlands with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Islands.



Isabela Island

is one of the Galapagos’s best kept secrets; stay at Iguana Crossing – named after the Marine Iguanas that cross the nearby wetlands. This newly opened boutique hotel is located on the waterfront offering ocean views from the pool and roof top Jacuzzi.

Isabela Island walking tours includes 2 to 4 nights in a beachfront hotel, half board, daily private guide and return flights from Quito from £1035 pp. Highlights include the World’s second largest volcano crater, giant tortoises, sea lion breeding area and white-tip shark canal. For the full Galapagos experience why not combine this tour with a stay on Santa Cruz.

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Galápagos Useful Information

  • Flight: 16½ hrs – usually fly into Quito, Ecuador. Flights to the Galapagos start in Quito and touchdown in Guayaquil en route.
  • Visas: Not required for UK passport holders
  • Time: Ecuador is 5 hrs behind GMT. Galapagos is 6 hrs behind.
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: Official language is Spanish. Ecuadorians in much of the Andean and some Amazon regions speak Quechua.
  • Capital City: Ecuador – Quito,Galapagos – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

When to go:

Ecuador can be visited all year round, the weather remains much the same with small regional variations. Warmest and driest months are from June to September. In the Galapagos December to May is usually hot with intermittent rain, temperatures ranging between 24◦C and 28◦C. Temperatures from June to November range between 18◦C and 20◦C and is often grey and overcast.

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