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A bright red and black marine iguana walking on a pristine beach in the Galapagos

SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN THE GALAPAGOS.

The Galapagos Islands, also known as the “Enchanted Isles”, offer some of the world’s best wildlife viewing. UNESCO declared the islands a World Heritage Site in 1975, and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985.

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CapitalPuerto Baquerizo Moreno

LanguageSpanish

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ReadMy Father's Island

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ExperienceSnorkeling with sea lions

The archipelago and surrounding waters are also a national park, marine reserve, and whale sanctuary. Under the supervision of licensed naturalist guides, visitors can swim with sea lions, witness avian mating rituals, and learn about the unique adaptations of resident species.

Two blue footed boobies perched on the beach, photographed on a birdwatching tour in the Galapagos Islands

Penguins, blue-footed boobies, land and marine iguanas, tortoises, flamingos, and whale sharks can be observed here in close proximity. The islands are located in the equatorial Eastern Pacific, 604 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast.

A large piece of driftwood on a white sand beach in the Galapagos Islands

The archipelago consists of 13 main islands, six junior islands and over 100 islets and large rocks spread out over 45,000 square miles of ocean. These volcanic islands began to emerge between five and ten million years ago. The youngest islands, Fernandina and Isabela, continue to grow with new volcanic eruptions.

Penguin perched on a rock in the Galapagos with rocky shoreline in backdrop in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination with two distinct seasons. During the warm season (December to May) temperatures hover in the 80’s and 90’s. Rainfall is uncommon but strong, with water temperatures near the surface averaging 75°. The Garua, or cool season (June to November) brings fog, drizzles and cool winds.

Giant Galapagos tortoise in a green field in the Galapagos

Air temperatures reach the 70’s and water temperatures fall to the 60’s. These months are the height of the breeding season for many of the island’s avian species. The Galapagos can be reached by air from Quito (three hours) and Guayaquil (1.5 hours) via daily flights. Airports are located on Baltra and San Cristobal islands.

Dolphins swimming in the ocean outside of the Galapagos

Most visitors embark on three, four, or seven-day cruises. Many of these programs visit the major island cluster, offering daily guided wildlife and geology tours. For those interested in diving, longer cruises to the outlying islands are available. Hotel options near Puerto Ayora and private yacht charters can also be arranged.

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LANDED plans itineraries and arranges travel throughout the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador. We offer private charter, small ship and land-based options. Extensions to Machu Picchu in neighboring Peru are available. Contact us at 801.582.2100 for more information.

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DESTINATIONS

CAMILA TRIMARAN

CHARTERING IN THE GALAPAGOS

CORMORANT MOTOR CATAMARAN

EVOLUTION MOTOR YACHT

ISLANDS & SPECIES OF THE GALÁPAGOS

INTEGRITY MOTOR YACHT

OCEAN SPRAY MOTOR CATAMARAN

PASSION MOTOR YACHT

PETREL MOTOR CATAMARAN

PRIVATE TOURS IN THE GALAPAGOS

THE GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

THE GRACE CHARTER YACHT

THE MV ORIGIN YACHT

THE PINTA YACHT

THE SEA STAR YACHT

THE STELLA MARIS MOTOR YACHT

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Sunrise over Machu Picchu, photographed on a custom tour of the ruins in Peru

MACHU PICCHU

First light at Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. At dawn, the site is often concealed by low clouds. As sun rises, the mists slowly dissipate to reveal walls and plazas—first in glimpses, then in majesty.

The trip was a huge success. Galapagos was perfect, and Peru was great–not easy for a family of 20. The hotels were amazing–each truly great. The guides you arranged could not have been more kind and helpful. Your on-the-ground team was fantastic–very knowledgeable and accommodating. Nothing but totally positive things to say; I have been bragging about the trip to everyone we know. It was beautifully organized–the trip of a lifetime. A wonderful introduction to countries you love, and now we know why!

J. Cormier, New York, NY

GO WITH LANDED.

LANDED’s services were excellent. You were helpful and knowledgeable, making our trip a memorable one.  I will use your services in the future as I continue to explore Central & South America.

A. Reynolds, Tucson, AZ

IF YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL.

We returned yesterday from our trip and I wanted to let you know that it was absolutely amazing!  There is not a single thing on the itinerary that we would change.  The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt.  The hotels were beautiful, the food delicious and the pace of the activities was perfect for us. Thank you so much for making our trip such a fantastic experience.

B. Baltes, E. Rockaway, NY