Current Time

Currency

see + do

View As:
|
|
‹ Previous | Next ›

Editors' Pick
Save For Later

Galápagos Islands

Concierge.com's insider take:

These islands, which don't really need an introduction, were never part of the continent of South America, so their flora and fauna developed in isolation and subsequently gave Charles Darwin a unique window into the evolutionary process. Modern-day wildlife enthusiasts will find the islands (actually the peaks of underwater volcanoes, some of which are still active) just as fascinating; having never learned to fear humans, the copious animal species are amazingly approachable. The jumping-off point for touring the islands is the central Isla Santa Cruz, which contains the Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Ayora, with its population of 16,000. To the east is Isla San Cristóbal, which has the provincial capital of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few visitor sites. The biggest island by far, formed out of the lava flow from six separate islands, is the 1,800-square-mile Isla Isabela, rife with iguanas, tortoises, orcas, penguins, and many other bird species. But it's the more southerly Isla Española that's best for the birds, harboring 10,000 breeding pairs of waved albatross as well as a giant colony of blue-footed boobies.

There are countless tour operators that can bring you around these islands and others in the archipelago, but Explorers' Corner (www.explorerscorner.com) and Ecoventura (www.ecoventura.com) are two of the best. Both offer small-scale luxury tours for fewer than 20 passengers. Explorers' Corner runs cruises on board a 34-foot sailing catamaran (with a small fleet of kayaks for exploring nooks and coves); Ecoventura has a trio of 83-foot motor yachts.

User Reviews

write a review › | see all user reviews ›

Like the land before time

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Galapagos Islands. We flew to Quito from New York City, spent a day touring Quito and the... more

*The Daily Traveler: The day's best travel tips, secrets, and news that won't wait.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

My Concierge.com

Advertisement

I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

 
iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›

Advertisement

Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions

SEND TO MY PHONE

Send  to your phone!




Don’t show this box again.
This information will be sent directly to your phone and waiting for you in a text message. Simple click on the url in that message or browse concierge.com/mydestinations on your phone.
Need more help? Our FAQ may contain the answer you need.
Never want to type in your cell phone number again?
Register now with Concierge.com and you'll be able to save your number and enjoy other great features like this.
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement , Privacy Policy, and mobile terms and conditions. Standard text messaging rates apply.
SUBMIT