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Ecuador and The Galapagos

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Hand-crafted Travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

From the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands 600 miles away in the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador may be one of the smallest countries in South America but one of the most biodiverse in the world. With an indigenous cultural heritage as rich as its natural environment, Ecuador is one of the treasures of South America. Stay at charming lodges run by Ecuadorian families with a keen eye for the special touches that make a memorable experience for their guests. Discover ancient farmhouses in the Andes, some of the best eco-lodges in the Amazon and boats in the Galapagos Islands with world-class naturalist guides.

The pinprick in the Pacific Ocean, Galapagos Islands are the star of Ecuador, and for a good reason. There are not many places in the world where you can swim with dolphins, sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins and turtles in one day (not to mention the 400 different species of fish). On land, the spectacular show continues with active volcanoes and rocks carved into weird and wonderful shapes; sugar-white beaches and mangrove forests, each home to a mesmerising variety of birds, reptiles and mammals. A visit to the Galapagos is an investment in lifelong memories.


Throughout the year, the wildlife of the Galapagos grows and evolves with the seasons. Starting in January, land iguanas begin to mate and land birds begin to nest. In February, head to Santa Cruz island to watch marine iguanas begin their nest before they move to Seymour Island and Fernandina Island in March.

Come April, the Waved Albatross flocks will have migrated to Espanola island and in May the blue footed booby will display their mating dance on Seymour island.

If you’re looking to get up close and personal with sea lions during your time in the Galapagos, mating season begins across the archipelago in May with pups being born in August across the central and western islands. They become more inquisitive of humans as they get older and you’ll find around November they may begin to approach you as your explore their native habitat

Whales can be spotted throughout the year in the Galapagos with whale sharks swimming towards the north west of the islands in June, in July they move towards Wolf and Darwin islands and in September, humpback whales can be spotted off the northwestern islands.

Currency: US Dollar

Local Time: GTM + 6

Travelling to the Galapagos Islands with True

It is vital to pick the right boat or lodge that will match your passions. The good news is that True Travel has done the research, and we know every vessel and eco-lodge inside out.

A True Galapagos Itinerary

Our travel design process starts with you and your ideas, each trip created from a blank piece of paper.

Our Latin America specialists have created a selection of example itineraries to provide a sense of what can be crafted for you in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

10 Day Itinerary

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10 Day Itinerary

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8 Day Itinerary

Guide Price: £5,500pp

Guide Price: $6,600pp

11 Day Itinerary

Guide Price: £9,600pp

Guide Price: $11,500pp

True Experiences In the Galapagos Islands

Across Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, there are a variety of memorable experiences to encounter, across the land and ocean.

Our Featured Galapagos Vessels

To ensure your trip exploring the Galapagos is the most memorable it can be, it is important to select the best boat to travel on. True Travel partners with the very best.

Each trip True Travel curate is based on the experience you are looking for and as an independent travel operator, we are not obliged or committed to any properties. You can rest safe in the knowledge that the accommodation we recommend for your stay has been chosen based on your interests, not ours.

Accommodation in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Hotspots in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Combine Ecuador’s cultural richness and natural wonders, with the enchanting Galápagos archipelago. Quito, the capital, boasts a blend of colonial and modern influences. The Galápagos Islands, a living laboratory of evolution, enchant with unique wildlife. Espanola (the most southernly) and Isabela (the largest) Islands both provide remarkable settings from which to explore.

Isabela Islands

The largest of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela is the one that looks remarkably like a seahorse from the air. At a mere one million years old, this volcanic island is considered a baby compared to its older island neighbours. Isabela Island is where you will find the beaches of soft, white sand fringed with palm treats and mangrove forests. Isabela is home to a dazzling array of tortoises, often a hit with young families. Flightless cormorants, finches and flamingoes also inhabit the island, making it a firm favourite with nature-lovers.

True Latin America

Taking care of your Latin America travel needs is Evie, our Senior Latin America Specialist. There are few people as passionate about the people and culture of the region, ensuring that in addition to the extraordinary destination highlights, you will experience the most authentic side of Latin America with a True Travel itinerary.

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Evie Oswald - True Travel

Evie has lived in Argentina and travelled countless times throughout Central and South America; acquiring a particular love for wildlife, epic scenery and endless outdoors adventures.

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