Although the islands of the Galápagos instantly relate to small ship cruising there’s much to be said for swapping berths for beds as you stay on dry land and get a deeper understanding of the landscapes, wildlife and culture of the Galápagos that life afloat often fails to reach. Hiking up the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela or to the untouched Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz, are definitely recommended whilst the tiny coastal village of Puerto Velasco Ibarra on Floreana offers simplicity in its purest form, as well as intriguing insight into the island’s past. Throughout a land based tour you’ll get to stay at comfortable, locally owned hotels, often situated close to beaches, where sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies will often become the most charming of neighbours.
You may be on dry land but a land based tour certainly won’t tie you down.
Read on in our Galápagos land based travel guide.