Galapagos Islands Cruises & Tours
by Columbus Travel
Columbus Travel is an Ecuadorian company headquartered in Quito coupled with Norwegian Management. As one of the world's leading tour operators for the Galapagos Islands since 1997, we have helped thousands of travelers experience once-in-a lifetime holidays to the Galapagos Islands.
Browse through our extensive selection of Galapagos Tours below, and learn about all of the boats that cruise the Galapagos. Learn more about 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 weather page.
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Most any month is a good time to visit the Galapagos Islands, but some consider the month of July to offer some of the best weather out of the year because of the balance between relatively cool temperatures and relatively clear sunny skies. It is highly recommended to reserve cruises several months in advance becuase July is high season, and don't risk trying to find a last minute deal, as most all boats are filed months in advance, and you may find yourself without space on any cruise.
Island hopping, also known as land-based Galapagos tours, is the other way to see the islands if you are not on a cruise. Cruises used to be the only way to visit the Galapagos, but now travelers can stay in a hotel on one or more of the four main islands and take day trips to nearby National Park visitor spots and attractions.
Although the Galapagos Islands are known for pricey luxurious cruises and nature lodges, it's also a growing destination for those who need to travel economically. The best way to balance your budget is 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.
Quito is the country's capital and second-largest city, located in the mountainous Sierra region of Ecuador, it is a reminder of the country's colonial past and natural beauty. Combine a trip to Quito with your Galapagos cruise to get a fuller Ecuador experience.
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 biodiversity, evolution, and conservation.
Land 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.
When is the best time to go to the Galapagos? There is no best time really. Any time is great to visit, but it's helpful to know the basics of Galapagos' climate and other variables such as wildlife activities and tourist high and low seasons in order to pick just the right time of year that will feature the things you wish to see and do.
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