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Galapagos Land Tours, Island Hopping & Hotel-Based Tours

Staying in hotels on the Galapagos Islands and taking day trips instead of taking a cruise of several days has become an increasingly popular way to tour the Islands in the last several years. There can be several advantages:

  • Cost: Cruises are costly, and though hotels and traveling on the Islands isn’t cheap, there is a definite saving versus most cruises.
  • Sea Sickness: If you are prone to seasickness, land based trips to the Galapagos can be an excellent alternative to sleeping on a small boat.
  • Active adventures: Cruises let you  see a lot of different visitor spots, but if your passion is hiking, scuba diving, sea kayaking or bicycling, a land based tour can be a better option.
  • Efficient use of travel time: Being based out of one or more hotels can have the advantage of having less total time in transit and more time enjoying the island versus a cruise.

Below are several reputable tour operators that specialize in land based tours of the Galapagos:

Red Mangrove Ecological

Red Mangrove Hotel –  offer highly-rated land-based Galapagos tours and SCUBA diving packages out of their oceanfront eco-luxury hotel so you can sleep on solid ground at night and explore the islands with day trips boating to other islands and National Park visitor spots. The Red Mangrove is operated by Haugan Cruises, a luxury Galapagos cruise line.

Scalesia Lodge and Galapagos Land Tours – is a new concept in Galapagos lodging as you stay in luxury African safari-style tents in the highlands of Isabela Island overlooking the ocean. Scalesia offers 4 or 5-day tours that include hiking to volcanoes and lava flows and tunnels, snorkeling , wildlife viewing and more around Isabela Island. They run their own tour operations on the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal if you would like to extend your tour to several different islands.

Adventure Life – are long-time Galapagos land-based tour experts that work with top-notch guides and many of the top hotels in Galapagos on Santa Cruz, Isabela, and San Cristobal Islands.

Columbus Travel –  They offer a wide range of Galapagos land-based tours, diving trips, and Galapagos adventure tours. They have an excellent Galapagos deals page that is updated daily and they guarantee the best last minutes deals for Galapagos tours.

Diving Tours in Galapagos by EQ TOURING – Dive safely with EQ TOURING’S  land-based or liveaboard diving tours and discover the unique underwater world of Galapagos; divers will see sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, penguins, angelfish, large schools of amberjacks and many other species of fish including hammerhead and whale sharks.

Galapagos Destiny – has carefully designed programs that typically range  from 5 to 10 days and feature top-rated hotels located on the Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana islands.  A land-based program in this style offers you a broader spectrum of possibilities and activities, as well as the added flexibility of daily programs that do not have to conform to a standard government-imposed itinerary.

Updated 23 May 2017