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Know Before You Go | Galapagos Islands

Whether you're preparing for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos, or just want to know more about this fascinating archipelago, be sure to check out these helpful resources. Learn about the wildlife found nowhere else on earth, browse useful packing tips and read compelling travel stories that will inspire your sense of wonder for these unique islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Galapagos? We've got answers! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about Galapagos wildlife, our fleet of small ships, climate, and much more.
Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

From sea lions to marine iguanas, learn about the incredible array of biodiversity you'll see on a trip to the Galapagos Islands!
Galapagos Wildlife Seasonality

Galapagos Wildlife Seasonality

Check out our month-by-month guide of seasonal wildlife. Abundant wildlife is always present in the Galapagos Islands, and special highlights are spread throughout the year.
Galapagos Wildlife Trivia

Galapagos Wildlife Trivia

Take our Galapagos wildlife quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with your family and friends to see who knows the most about this stunning archipelago.
Conservation & Community

Conservation & Community

We are proud to be involved in the following initiatives throughout the Galapagos archipelago and the communities present there, as well as in parts of mainland Ecuador we visit on our adventures.
A Closer Look at Our Private Tortoise Camp

A Closer Look at Our Private Tortoise Camp

Set in lush Scalesia forest and meadows with a view of the Pacific Ocean below, our rustic camp features accommodations in raised canvas tents and treehouses surrounded by wild tortoise habitat.
When to Go to the Galapagos

When to Go to the Galapagos

Located at the equator, the Galapagos Islands' subtropical climate make the islands an inviting year-round destination. Here is a month-by-month breakdown of temperatures and rainfall. 
Packing List

Packing List

Our comprehensive packing guide covers everything you'll need for a Galapagos Islands adventure, from sun hats to sport sandals and everything in between.
11 Tips for Avoiding Seasickness in the Galapagos

11 Tips for Avoiding Seasickness in the Galapagos

Seasickness isn't usually an issue in the Galapagos, but there are some simple and effective steps you can take to avoid it altogether.
Stories & Articles
Reconnecting with the Natural World
in the Galapagos

Reconnecting with the Natural World
in the Galapagos

—By Camie Kirkevold
It was time to experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, to give my mind the opportunity...
Galapagos Rainbow

Galapagos Rainbow

—By Chris Kassar
I felt like a small child, in awe of everything I encountered, especially the endless array of colors delivered by these magical islands... 
Galapagos Through My Daughter’s Eyes

Galapagos Through My Daughter’s Eyes

—By Rick Guthke
Never did I predict that my zest for exploration abroad would be redoubled with the chance to take my eldest daughter on her first family adventure...
Tune In: A Galapagos Binge

Tune In: A Galapagos Binge

—By Jennie Lay 
Plunked on a remote string of volcanoes and surrounded by some of the planet’s most animated and eye-catching animals, it’s hard not to reassess...
Galapagos—A Natural History
Classroom for All Ages

Galapagos—A Natural History
Classroom for All Ages

—By Olaf Malver
The whole family was already out of their berths at the rapid rise of the equatorial sun and their...
Traveler Story: Galapagos Hiking &
Kayaking Adventure

Traveler Story: Galapagos Hiking &
Kayaking Adventure

—By D. Fischer
The Galapagos Islands, or “Enchanted Isles,” are, indeed, enchanted. Magical, mystical, magnificent...
Top Apps to Download Before
Your Galapagos Tour

Top Apps to Download Before
Your Galapagos Tour

—By Jess Signet
Here's a list of several useful apps you'll want to check out before and during your Galapagos adventure.
Traveler Story: A Galapagos Sistercation

Traveler Story: A Galapagos Sistercation

—By J. Justice
We decided to take a dream “sistercation” to the Galapagos Islands with Nat Hab, as we love wildlife, nature and outdoor adventures...
Being Present and Finding Peace
in the Galapagos Islands

Being Present and Finding Peace
in the Galapagos Islands

—Suzanne Kiser 
During my first Galapagos Islands tour, I found myself blown away by the captivating natural beauty...
Galapagos: A Land Without Time

Galapagos: A Land Without Time

—By Anne Avellana
During the next week, our main companions on the islands would be iguanas, frigatebirds, giant tortoises and sea lions. "Do blue-footed boobies care what...
Five Astounding Animal Adaptations in the Galapagos Islands

Five Astounding Animal Adaptations in the Galapagos Islands

—By Matt Kareus
Pretty much everyone knows by now that the strange creatures Charles Darwin encountered in the...
The Magic of the Galapagos Islands

The Magic of the Galapagos Islands

—By Lauren Deeley
Have you ever had a moment where you have to pinch yourself because you don’t quite believe that this experience is really happening to you? If not...
A Rare Moment with Galapagos Sea Turtles

A Rare Moment with Galapagos Sea Turtles

—By Emily Kleinburd
The Galapagos Islands are filled with magic, and everywhere you turn there is something new and interesting to marvel upon. Whether it’s watching...
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