Best Galapagos Land Based Tours
Land based Galapagos tours give you the freedom and flexibility to discover the islands at your own pace, hopping between different islands as you make base in one of the three local towns: Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. This is a trip that is suitable for all budgets, as it can be tailored to exactly what you need. By booking this Galapagos tour, you will enjoy the stability and comfort of a hotel room. This is the ideal Galapagos tour for families traveling with small children, as you can venture off and do things at your family’s pace. Also, this is a great idea to complement your Galapagos cruise and have some free days at the beach and maybe do tours that were not included in your cruise experience.
If you are looking to discover new places but also have time to relax and rest, then this Galapagos expedition will do wonders!
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Can I personalize my galapagos land based tour with other hotels and activities?
Of course, the great thing about the Galapagos Land based programs (also known as Island Hopping) is that you can easily personalize your program according to your own travel ideas, expectations, number of travelers, budget and travel dates.
Just let us know and we will be happy to create your personalized program.
Also, one of the advantages of our special land tours is that you can choose the Galapagos hotel categories according to your preferences; we have options in Standard, Tourist Superior, First Class, and Deluxe hotels, in single, double, or family rooms. You can even combine hotel categories on the three main islands depending on the hotel’s features.
We have diverse activities to choose from: diving day tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, trekking, birdwatching, or just enjoying some free time on paradisiac Galapagos beaches. We are glad to give you some recommendations about what to do at Puerto Villamil (Isabela), Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz), or San Cristobal; there are some spots you can reach by walking or renting bikes on your own without a naturalist guide, such as Tortuga Bay, Lago las Ninfas, the Wall of Tears, La Loberia, and many more.
We always include at least one navigable day tour to further islands, you can visit: Bartolome, Santa Fe, North Seymour or Floreana from Santa Cruz; and Española, Kicker Rock and the 360 day tour from San Cristobal.
Please note that any of our Land Based Galapagos tours are available the whole year; you can start on any date. Let us know if you are interested in any specific island or wildlife that you would definitely like to see, so we can guide you when is the best time to visit the islands.
If you have any questions about the services available on each island (Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal) you can contact our Galapagos expert for free.
Of course, if before or after your cruise you would like to learn more about local island life, you can extend your adventure. Take a look at our shore excursions daily and find out which one suits you best during your next stay in the Galapagos islands.
Most Galapagos land tours do not have fixed departure dates; however, we recommend that you check availability with an expert. Contact our Galapagos experts by clicking here
Baltra or San Cristobal airports are good options to start a land tour. However, the Baltra airport is 1 hour from Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) while the San Cristobal airport is only 5 minutes from the island’s hotel zone. We have the very best hotel options at the Galapagos islands.
If you are traveling to Galapagos with children, a land-based tour is the best option for your next vacation and even more so if they are under 6 years old, since cruises generally have restrictions with younger children on board. Remember that Galapagos is a destination of adventure and contact with nature and all activities are outdoors. Check out our blog on How to choose the best trip to the Galapagos Islands by clicking here.
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