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Galapagos Islands

This stunning archipelago is made up of 13 major islands, formed by enormous volcanic eruptions and only inhabited by humans less than 200 years ago. It is Darwin's living laboratory of evolution and provides unique opportunities for viewing wildlife at close range.

The Galapagos Islands have inspired botanists and nature-lovers alike. Charles Darwin visited in 1835 and declared "remarkable; it seems to be a little world within itself." The islands are made up of the tops of volcanoes and flourishing with endemic species. Such harsh conditions have forced rapid adaptation in the wildlife here, none more so than in the marine iguanas which had to take to the seas to survive, the only lizard to do so in the entire world.

The Galapagos National Park is dedicated to the preservation of this unique habitat and visits are carefully co-ordinated with fixed itineraries (licensed by the park authorities) for each boats so that the number of visitors at each site is carefully controlled. We offer a wide range of Galapagos cruises to suit all tastes and budgets, and which offer the best way of seeing the different islands.

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Need some help with your trip? Paulo Veloso has travelled extensively across Ecuador & Galapagos and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

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Accommodation
in Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz II

An expedition ship perfectly suited for stability, comfort and daily visits ashore.

La Pinta

Enjoy faultless service, delicious cuisine and stylish design, with plenty of wildlife encounters and activities.

Isabela II

A luxury yacht style cruise for up to 40 passengers. Excellent itineraries and some of the best naturalist guides.

The Letty

Environmentally friendly mid-sized yacht with superb guest feedback. Special family only departures available.

SS Mary Anne

A 3 mast, wood panelled, barquentine motor-sailing yacht in the square rigger tradition, perfect for lovers of sailing ships.…

Celebrity Xperience

Xperience is a luxury all-inclusive expedition yacht for up to 48 passengers, with all drinks and tips included in the price.…

Grace

The luxurious M/Y Grace, named after Princess Grace of Monaco, has a representation of elegance, beauty and prestige.

Evolution

A medium sized luxury yacht for up to 32 guests with beautifully finished accommodation and fabulous al fresco dining.

Tip Top III

A first class motor yacht, accommodating 16 guests, with a large teak sun deck for relaxing and al fresco dining.

Samba

Friendly and great value, with up to 14 guests and fabulous "al fresco" lunches on the wonderful covered sun deck.

Beagle

A small schooner providing an exciting yachting experience cruising the Galapagos archipelago.

Galaxy

A first class, contemporary motor yacht for up to 16 guests with a good range of shorter duration itineraries.

Beluga

A spacious and comfortable motor yacht for up to 16 passengers with great reviews from Veloso Tours guests.

Ocean Spray

A luxury catamaran for up to 16 guests, offering the fastest cruising speeds and cabins with private balconies.

Seaman Journey

Accommodating up to 16 guests, this comfortable catamaran offers delightful al fresco dining and excellent value for money.

Coral I & II

Superb value first class yachts taking 20 or 36 guests. Enjoy al fresco dining and only 10-12 guests per naturalist guide.

Galapagos Legend

A magnificent boutique expedition cruise ship accommodating up to 100 passengers. Many on board facilities including a pool.

Passion

Accommodating just 14 guests with a one to one guest ratio and fabulously spacious public areas and cabins.

Origin

New, luxury yacht designed to spend less time travelling between islands, allowing more time for exploration.

Finch Bay Hotel

Eco-Resort in a privileged location outisde Puerto Ayora, offering a variety of excursions around the Galapagos Islands.