Galapagos land-based travel guide


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Although the islands of the Galápagos instantly call to mind small ship cruising, there’s much to be said for swapping berths for beds. Those staying on dry land get a deeper understanding of the landscapes and culture of the Galápagos that life afloat often fails to reach. Hiking up the Sierra Negra volcano on Isla Isabela or to the unmissable 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 holiday you’ll get to stay at locally-owned hotels and eat out at restaurants, alongside local residents – called Galapagueños. This provides a beneficial experience for everyone, as well as presenting lots more chances to discover the delights of sweet and sour ceviche, complete with popcorn.

You may be on dry land but a land based holiday is certain to still make a splash.

Read on in our Galápagos land based holidays 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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