From the huge array of possibilities for exploring the Enchanted Islands, our Ecuador aficionados have done careful, in-person research to find the best ships, guides, island lodgings, and activity choices. They skillfully mix and match them to meet the passions and preferences of each traveler.
Cruise Aboard a Small or Mid-Size Ship
Cruise through the Galápagos aboard a top-notch, 16-, 20-, or 48-passenger ship—small enough to offer an intimate sense of being on the high seas, large enough to provide great comfort, stability, and a host of amenities. You'll island hop and meet iguanas, penguins, tortoises, and more during hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling outings led by expert naturalist guides.
For our Scheduled Group Trips, GeoEx has vetted the huge range of Galápagos options and chosen top-notch boats for their great comfort, stability, and exacting environmental and hospitality standards, including these below. They are equipped with plentiful amenities, such as spacious cabins, sundeck, library, bar, and hot tub. Each ship includes:
- Snorkeling equipment: masks, snorkels, flotation vests
- Wet suits
- Kayaking equipment
- Whale- and dolphin-watching outings (seasonal)
- Easy panga (Zodiac) boarding from ship
- Meals: indoor and outdoor seating options; kid-friendly choices; dietary restrictions can be accommodated
- Daily lectures and briefings
- Central air-conditioning with individual controls in each cabin
- Top-of-the-line communication devices for remote transmission between naturalists on land and the ship
- Capacity: 48 guests
- Cabins: 24 spacious, air-conditioned cabins with large windows and private bathrooms; triples and interconnecting cabins
- Decks: 3–4 public decks include a hot tub, bar, lounge, dining room, well-stocked natural history library, boutique, and sundeck
- Guides: 4 certified, multilingual naturalist guides
- Speed: 12 knots, reducing inter-island sailing time, allowing for more time on land
- Crew: 25–31, including an onboard physician and hotel manager
- Capacity: 20 guests
- Cabins: 10 spacious, air-conditioned cabins, all with twin- or queen-size beds (two twins pushed together), large windows, and private bathrooms
- Interconnecting cabins available for families and friends
- Decks: 3 public decks include a hot tub, bar, lounge, dining room, well-stocked natural history library, boutique, and sundeck
- Guides: 2 certified, multilingual naturalist guides
- Speed: 10–12 knots, reducing inter-island sailing time, allowing for more time on land
- Crew: attentive crew and hotel manger
- Capacity: 16 guests
- Cabins: 8 large cabins and 1 smaller (single) cabin with private balconies
- Guides: 1 certified, multilingual naturalist guide
- Size and type: 115-foot motorized catamaran
- Crew: 10-member attentive crew, including a hotel manger
Private Charters for Families & Friends
If you prefer to sail the Enchanted Islands in privacy with friends or family, we can arrange 6- to 15-day private charters on a number of topflight smaller boats. After lining up the best-for-you crew, amenities, and expert naturalist guides, and arranging rewarding activities that speak to your group's range of interests, we work behind the scenes to make sure your voyage runs smoothly..
Not interested in spending your nights on board? For nights on terra firma, we've sussed out accommodations that are up to GeoEx's—and your—high standards, like Galápagos Safari Camp, a plush tented camp on Santa Cruz Island that treats travelers to delectable cuisine, gracious hospitality, and opportunities to hike, bike, island hop, and access remote, wildlife-thronged beaches with a private naturalist guide.
Overnights at Land & Sea
You can get the best of both Galápagos-exploring worlds: five nights aboard a deluxe vessel and two nights at an island retreat (both shared with like-minded travelers).
Combine the Galápagos & Machu Picchu
Boasting four World Heritage Sites, there is no other adventure in our roster of South American ramblings that packs in such a variance of epic highlights. Combining a weeklong voyage in the Galápagos with time in the Incan heartland of Peru offers the richest combination of cultural and natural history imaginable.