Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is a bucket list item for most people and one that takes some planning to make the most of every magical second. This ultimate Galapagos Islands travel guide is designed to do a lot of that work for you. Consider this your one-stop-shop for planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands!
As gimmicky as it sounds (and indeed is), can you really go to Ecuador and not take the time to visit the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) on the equator line? There are actually two sites which can both be visited easily from Quito in just half a day.
If sea lions are top of your list of wildlife to see in the Galapagos Islands, you absolutely need to include San Cristobal Island in your itinerary. This island has by far the largest sea lion population and La Lobería beach is actually named for these guys!
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Isla Isabela is not the easiest place to get to but it is so worth the effort. Within seconds of stepping off the ferry, we saw sea lions, pelicans, baby sharks and penguins right off the dock! Everyone’s favourite Galapagos island? Isabela.
Cotopaxi National Park is just an hour or so south of Quito and is stunningly beautiful. Cotopaxi hike and bike day trip is one of the best, and definitely most fun, ways to see Cotopaxi Volcano. We highly recommend it!
Planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands but don’t want to blow your budget? Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz is the perfect spot for independent and cheap adventures. Find a collection of awesome things to do in Santa Cruz, Galapagos that won’t break your budget.
Laguna Quilotoa is a stunning emerald-coloured lake in the crater of a dormant volcano, in the heart of the Andes Mountain range. If you don’t have time to hike the Quilotoa Loop, a day trip from Quito is the best way to see it. Here are a few tips to help it be the best day possible.