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The Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands National Park

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The Galapagos National Park service started back in 1959. This governmental organization has been in charge of the protection and management of the protected areas of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos is unique, recognized worldwide and both, the Galapagos Islands National Park service and the Marine Reserve reflect the compromise adopted by the Ecuadorian government to preserve this important legacy for all future Ecuadorian generations and humankind.

Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Tourism in the Galapagos Islands, including cruises and land tours, began in the mid-sixties. It grew steadily in the seventies and exploded during the eighties.

The Galapagos Park Service has designated over 50 official land sites spread throughout the Islands, totaling less than 1% of the National Park area.

The Galapagos National Park Service works hand in hand with the Charles Darwin Research Station implementing their common goals of conservation and preservations of the natural resources with the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve.

The park service approves all itineraries of boats visiting the Islands making sure that the tourism is distributed evenly throughout the Islands. They also work as the licensing board for guides in the Islands.

Rather than patrol boats for enforcement, the park utilizes certified Galapagos Naturalists who accompanies all visitors enforcing rules through education.

Galapagos National Park authorities collect an entrance fee from all park visitors, allowing access into the park and marine reserve.

The Galapagos National Park includes 13 major Islands, 6 small Islands, and 42 islets (some barely big enough to set foot upon).

It is not the volcanic Islands that attract most visitors, but rather the renowned wildlife endemic to Galapagos, located 600 miles from the nearest continent.

Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, waved albatrosses, and marine iguanas roam around in what Darwin described as a "living laboratory of evolution".

For this reason, tours of the Islands and their surrounding waters are only possible with a guide and visitors must always walk on designated paths.


We offer the full range of travel experiences in the region including Galapagos cruises, Andes Adventures, Amazon jungle trips, Machu Picchu and Peru.

Our free trip planning service includes all aspects of your vacation transfers, hotels, guides, flights, day tours – we can arrange everything for you. From luxury to budget, we have all the best tours, all the best offers and every last minute deal.

Hotel Based Tours Galapagos Cruises

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Taking a Hotel based tour in the Galapagos Islands provides the chance to explore the islands in its entirety through a number of tours and activities.

  • Hotel Based Tours
  • Island Hopping
  • Multisport Tour
  • Diving Tours

Galapagos Adventure Travel Hotel Based Tours

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Adventure travel tour packages include activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding and snorkeling. This tours are perfect for active travelers.

  • Hotel Based Tours
  • Hiking Adventure
  • Valkiria Sail Tour
  • Maverick Yacht Tour
  • Land + Diving
  • Premium Multisport
  • Multisport Adventure

Galapagos Diving Tours

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See whale sharks and large schools of hammerheads ina a live-aboard or hotel-based dive tour. Take a land + dive combine tour for a less intense dive experience.

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  • Hotel Based Tours
  • Island Hopping
  • Land + Diving

Galapagos Islands Cruises

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Cruises are the most popular choice to travel the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos boats range from luxury class to economy class boats.

  • Cruise Ships
  • Luxury Catamarans
  • High-end Boats
  • First Class Boats
  • Mid-range Boats
  • Budget-priced Boats