A blue-footed booby sits on a high-up rock over looking the ocean. It looks to the left with its peak slightly open. To its right in the foreground is a short, tubular cactus. In the right mid-ground is a taller, tubular cactus.

Scrolling through these Galapagos Islands pictures, it’s easy to see how the archipelago so greatly inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for their biodiversity and unique endemic species. Set against the striking backdrop of the volcanic islands, you’ll be rushing to get there and see them for yourself.

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A Galapagos cruise sits off the shores of a red sandy beach.

When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, there are two important decisions to make. The first is when to visit, while the second is whether you prefer a Galapagos cruise or land package. Cruises are perhaps the most popular among travelers wishing to explore this remote archipelago. However, you must consider the benefits and drawbacks of each in order to decide which is the best choice for you. Below we have broken down the pros and cons of cruises and land-based packages to help you make this important decision!

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an iguana perching on rocky terrain with a cactus and blue sky in the background

Travelers often ask about the best Galapagos Islands to visit. There is no wrong way to visit the Galapagos. Each of the 14 visitable islands has its own unique attractions and activities. They all enjoy a mild climate year-round, meaning there is never a bad time to visit either. This list focuses on presenting the top attractions, activities, and wildlife on the 11 most popular islands. Additionally, you will find some basic facts and practical information. This is especially important when deciding whether to take a cruise or opt for an island hopping package. 

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Silhouette of a couple honeymooning in the Galapagos looking at at a sunset over the ocean.

A Galapagos honeymoon is a unique and adventurous way to start a life together with your beloved. The natural beauty and native animal species found nowhere else in the world make the archipelago a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are remote, and the exhilarating activities, such as hiking and snorkeling, are perfect for adventurous lovebirds. Yet, it is easy to combine the adventure with a high level of luxury. Bewitching scenery and lavish accommodations make this destination the perfect romantic getaway.

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Sea lion poses in front of black lava rocks in a retreating wave with its head tilted.

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is from December to May if you want sunny weather and smooth sailing. However, June to November is the best time to see blue-footed booby mating displays and migrating whales. This can make deciding when to visit the Galapagos seem a bit challenging. The islands are without a doubt a year-round destination, but the draw to visit varies from month to month. This guide to the archipelago’s weather and animals will do the heavy lifting for you, no matter how you envision your dream Galapagos Islands vacation. 

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A beam of light illuminates the cascading Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Ancient cities. Exotic destinations. Breathtaking natural wonders. If you’re planning to travel around South America, these are the places you should visit. Keep reading to discover the 51 best places to visit in South America and make sure to add them to your bucket list.

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Pelican standing on rock with Kicker Rocker in the distance.

Over 500 miles from the mainland, the Galapagos Islands are at the very top of the list of must-see places in Ecuador. The diversity of species seen on the Galapagos Islands is rivaled by few places in the world. There are so many unique species of flora and fauna scattered across the archipelago that to ask which are the best Galapagos islands to visit would be unjust. Instead, we have put together our list of top things to do in the Galapagos Islands that are sure to entice all types of travelers visiting a range of islands.

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