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Galapagos Cruises & Tours

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.

A Galapagos cruise is an all-inclusive experience and the most efficient way to explore the archipelago, giving you the chance to reach unique sites while living on board a high quality vessel with daily full meal services and private accommodations.

During a cruise you’ll be able to visit the most interesting sites around the Galapagos islands, escorted all the time by a bilingual naturalist guide, and in order to avoid long and strenuous boat rides, navigation from one site to another is done during the night while the guests 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 ready for a sea cruise 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. But if sleeping on a cruise is no issue to you, cruising around the archipelago would be the most efficient way to explore the islands. As you are moving during your sleep from island to island, your waking hours will all be spent having fun and adventuring.


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 and 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 on your cruise, such as certain types of wildlife or interesting geological formations, make sure to look at the itinerary’s scheduled visitor sites because each cruise has a different itinerary.

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 on Espanola Island to breed in late March, laying eggs from mid-April to late June. Chicks fledge between late December and early January. But the weather on the equator definitely is good enough to travel year round.

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.

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InfinitySmall Yacht201820$986   
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