Info for Tourists
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Since January, 2012, all Galápagos vessels follow a two-week itinerary, visiting selected sites only once during that period. In Galápagos, there's no such thing as a “best” island, so if you're planning your first visit, just decide on the number of nights you'd like to spend, and then choose a ship that offers a cruise of that length. Typical itineraries are:
If you'd like to visit a particular island that you've heard about, then simply select that island and see which itineraries visit it. (See Itinerary/Island Selector below.)
Two websites may help you to make the big decision:
The Weather and Climate page at the Quasar Expeditions website displays a table of monthly air and water temperatures, hours of clear skies and average rainfall. NOTE: During cooler months, sea temperatures are sometimes almost 10° F. lower than shown in the table.
Our Galápagos Route Map illustrates just a few of the many available ship routes. The map shows the itinerary currently assigned to Metropolitan Touring's 48-passenger yacht La Pinta. The company's other ships, and those of other companies, offer many alternate choices, so it's important to select a ship and an itinerary that best suits your own interests.
There are two ways to use the map:
This pop-up window will eventually show additional cruise itineraries. Hover over any magnifying-glass icon to display an enlargement of the area of interest.
The maps shown are based on the Zagier & Urruty Isla Galápagos Historical Chart which is available at amazon.com and elsewhere.
A list of Galápagos Islands terrestrial and marine Visitor Sites has been prepared from data provided by the Galápagos National Park Service. The list may be sorted by site, island name, category or description. Hover mouse pointer over the “?” icon on the Visitor Sites page to display additional information about the list.
The Park Service has also published a table of Marine Visitor Sites, with latitude and longitude for each site.
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