Galapagos Islands Cruises & Tours
by Columbus Travel
Browse through our extensive selection of Galapagos cruises below, and learn about all of the boats that cruise the Galapagos.
On April 16, Ecuador's central coast was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Thankfully, travel has not been impacted, as the epicenter was far from all of Ecuador's major travel destinations and airports. Columbus Travel has operated 100% normally and there should be no current or future impact on our clients' itineraries.One way you can help Ecuador in the recovery is by travelling to Ecuador. Income from tourism is an important part of the national economy and an important part of the recovery process.
Why Book With Columbus Travel?
When you book your trip with Columbus Travel, you are assured:
- World Class, Personal Service. We help you from the moment you first contact us thoughout your entire journey until you arrive back home. You will be greeted at the airport by an English speaking guide when you arrive to Ecuador and be accompanied by knowledgable professionals every step along your voyage. Expect gratuitous Ecuadorian hospitality backed by the Norwegian management's attention to detail and highest standards of quality.
- Expert Advice. We ONLY offer Galapagos tours and Galapagos extensions. All of our Galapagos Trip Advisors live in Ecuador, have traveled to the Galapagos extensively, and know each of the boats, hotels and islands intimately. A generalist travel agency can never have this depth of knowledge.
- The Best Value. As one of the world's leading tour operators for the Galapagos Islands, and by being located in Quito, we negotiate the absolute best rates with every boat and hotel. We we pass that savings on to you. Low prices combined with top-tier service equals a better value than you'll find anywhere else.
Join the thousands of satisfied travelers who have experienced traveling to the Galapagos with Columbus Travel since 1997.
Contact a Galapagos Trip Advisor today to start planning a trip designed for your precise personal interests, travel style and budget.
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What's New in the Galapagos?
2015 has witnessed a rewakening of Cotopaxi volcano. Several explosions sending volcanic ash kilometers in the sky could be witnessed as far away as Quito, Ecuador's capital city. Learn all you need to know about traveling to and nearby Cotopaxi volcano.
Researchers have confirmed a new species of giant Galapagos tortoise that was previously believed to be part of a second species on Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos.
El Niño threatens to devistate penguin populations because of interuptions of the marine food chain that feeds these rare creatures in danger of extinction.
Learn everything you need to know before you travel to the Galapagos Islands. Learn about each of the Islands using our interactive map which shows you all of the Galapagos National Park approved visitor spots, and plan the ideal time to travel to the islands using our Galapagos climate page.
Island hopping, also known as land-based Galapagos tours, or even hotel-based tours, are an excellent alternative to a Galapagos Cruise. Thrifty travelers can save money when they stay in a hotel on one or more of the four inhabited islands andstill have the ability to take day trips to nearby National Park visitor spots and attractions, though the number of visitor spots accessible is less than that of a cruise.
The Galapagos have a reputation as being expensive compared to traveling on the Ecuadorian mainland with their numerous luxurious cruises and nature lodges, but with this guide, those who need to travel economically can have an excellent trip. The best way to do Galapagos on a budget iis to plan ahead. Even getting a flight to Galapagos can be challenging, so a little bit of advance research before your trip can save you a bunch of money.
Read all you need to know about flights to and from the Galapagos Islands. We debunk some persistent myths about getting to the islands. The good news is that Columbus Travel and nearly anywhere you buy a tour from will take care of the details for you.
The Galapagos Islands boast 56 native bird species, and 45 of these are endemic, found only in the Islands. Sea birds, shore birds, land birds, and migratory birds make Galapagos unique in the world of of unique avian species, evolution, and conservation.
Land tour or cruise? That is the question. And here's the showdown with pluses and minuses of each way that you can visit the Galapagos Islands. Which has the edge? It depends on a few of your priorities.
Ok, there's not really any best time to travel to the Galapagos, because any time is amazing. When is best depends on your personal preferences of weather and other variables such as different wildlife events and, high vs. low travel seasons. Some times of the year, like around Christmas and summer time, some boats are booked full months, or even years ahead of time and require some planning ahead.
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