Galapagos land-based travel guide


2 minute summary

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.
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The best time to visit Galápagos on a land based tour is from December to June as, despite the odd deluge, temperatures are warmer, seas are calmer and underwater visibility is at its purest. From July to November the Galápagos Islands feature milder and drier conditions alongside better opportunities to go hiking on Isabela or visit the fishermen’s market on Santa Cruz, for example, without the crowds or high humidity. Wildlife is a constant throughout the year on the Galápagos as are Ecuadorian communities, so come explore and experience a side to life that’s rarely seen by passing cruise ships.
Photo credits: [Topbox: Simon Matzinger] [Help desk: Paul Krawczuk] [Temp box: Don Heffernan]

Written by: Chris Owen
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