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Galapagos Cruises & Tours

A cruise is the best and most popular way to visit the Galapagos.

Columbus Travel offers the largest variety of Galapagos cruises at the best prices anywhere.

What to Expect on a Galapagos Cruise

When you book a cruise with Columbus Travel, you'll have every detail of your trip meticulously planned by a highly professional destination expert. We'll help you find the perfect cruise for your particular travel dates, budget and interests.

During your cruise, you'll be living onboard a high quality vessel with full meal services and private accommodations.

You'll visit National Park visitor spots with bilingual guides usually once or twice a day and then travel to the next day's destination during the night while you are sleeping.

So, how do you begin to choose a cruise that is right for you?

Boat vs. Land Tour

For starters, you should decide whether you are sea worthy or not. If you tend to become seasick, a Galapagos land based tour where you sleep in hotels may be the best choice for you.


The second thing you should think about is how much you are willing to spend on a cruise. Columbus Travel offers a wide spectrum of different types of budgets from budget yachts, mid-range yachts, first class cruises, high-end yachts, and luxury cruise ships, as well as one day diving tours and liveaboard cruises. With Columbus, you're guaranteed the best price since we negotiate volume discounts with each of the boat owners out of our Ecuador offices.

Length of Cruises and Itineraries

There are many types of itineraries available such as 4, 5, 6, 8, even 15 days. Keep in mind that the longer the itinerary is, the more of the islands you'll be able to see, and the more expensive the trip.

If there is something specific you would like to see, such as certain type of wildlife or interesting geological formations, make sure to look at the itinerary's scheduled visitor sites because each cruise has a different itinerary. Some cruises are even dedicated to those who are more interested in what is beneath the ocean's surface and you can find great diving itineraries for both intermediate and advanced divers.

When to go to the Galapagos Islands

There are some variations in climate between the warmer and cooler seasons, and wildlife varies month-to-month, so choosing the best time to go to the Galapagos is important. For example, if you want to see the Waved Albatross, they arrive to Espanola Island to breed in late March, laying eggs from mid-April to late June. Chicks fledge between late December and early January.

Other Galapagos Travel Options and Add-ons

Stay an extra day or two in a hotel on the Islands

You can also complement an unforgettable cruise experience with some extra nights in a hotel in Galapagos. The days prior to or after your Galapagos cruise, you can book one of our recommended hotels in the main inhabited Islands of the Archipelago. We have selected for you some of the best hotels in the Galapagos. Each hotel offers excellent service, a friendly atmosphere, and comfortable rooms for rest and relaxation.

Ecuador mainland and Peru trip extensions

All visitors to Galapagos must pass through the Ecuador mainland cities of Quito or Guayaquil, and Ecuador is an amazing destination in itself. Some highlights are the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu in Peru, or even mainland Ecuador tours.

Choose a reliable agency specializing in Galapagos

We get it. Most people only go to the Galapagos once in their lifetimes and booking with an agency that specializes in the Galapagos assures your trip will be a seamless, rewarding experience.

Columbus Travel can help you to make all of the above decisions and more. It is important not to feel overwhelmed by choosing your Galapagos experience; we'll make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible.

Contact us today via e-mail, , or call us at the numbers below to speak with a Galapagos Destination Expert to start planning your trip today.

US Toll free call: 1-877-4367512
Local US: +1 (305) 432 2831
UK: +44 (20) 8638 0738.

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