Brief Guide About How and When to Tour the Beautiful Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islet has been a dream tour for majority of travelers but comes with a huge price tag. It is a group of 19 islands formed due to volcanic and ongoing seismic activities. Due to extreme isolation, unusual animal life developed including the giant tortoise, land iguana, and different kinds of finch. Underwater wildlife scene ranges from coral to marine mammals to sharks to penguins. The diving experience is great!

How to tour the 19 Galapagos Islets?

Galapagos Islands can be toured via cruising or land-hopping. Both have their pros and cons. Therefore, learn about the benefits and drawbacks before determining how to tour the islands.



  • It can be arranged on the Ecuador mainland or online in advance.
  • Daylight hours are enjoyed exploring the different islets.
  • Choose an itinerary you wish to explore the most.
  • Different options, suitable for different budgets.
  • Able to explore the remote islands.


  • Seasickness
  • Costly option
  • No flexibility in schedule
  • No flight cost is including in the cruising package



  • Flexibility to change plans
  • Stay longer in a specific interesting place
  • Interact with the locals and the wildlife
  • Saves money
  • Spend time sightseeing the inland activities
  • Land explorers can explore untouched islands on day tours


  • Needs plenty of research, organization, and time management
  • Far-flung islands will be missed out along with more exotic wildlife
  • Ferries can be very costly and lots of time can be spent in transit because of scheduling transport

What is the best time for visiting Galapagos?

The high season is from June to August and December to January. The sea is warm and calm, which makes cruising enjoyable. Underwater visibility is great. The prices skyrocket with less space for negotiation. The remaining months are slow and you can negotiate the tours and accommodation.

Compulsory expenses

  • Flights
  • Transit control card {TCC} [TCC is designed to keep count of the number of travelers on the islands]
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Isa Isabela entrance fees

The legal entry requirements to Galapagos islets are –

  • Valid health insurance
  • Return flight ticket
  • Cruise or accommodation booking that matches the flight ticket dates

What you will need on your Galapagos cruise?

  • Hat
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun blocker
  • Repellant
  • Swimsuit
  • Seasickness pills
  • Camera
  • Memory card

As Galapagos is situated on the equator, the water and air temperature remain very stable all around the year. You can visit it anytime. Make sure to have your tour arrangements made in advance!

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