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The Galapagos Islands provide a unique opportunity to meet wild animals in their natural habitat. You can swim with playful sea lions, relax close to Galapagos giant turtles and watch the rolling sea next to Marine Iguanas.

Over the centuries, changing ocean currents and airstreams have made it difficult for sailors to locate the islands; as a result they have become known as "the enchanted islands". Due to their remote location, the Galapagos Islands have been able to maintain their unique flora and fauna despite human interference and are today considered a unique paradise on earth where you can relax and share the company of diverse wildlife. The Galapagos Islands are one of the best places in the world to get really close to the wildlife, as most animals here have no natural enemies and behave fearlessly. Charles Darwin visited Galapagos in 1835: Deeply impressed by their unique nature, he was inspired to write his theory of evolution. By visiting the Galapagos Islands, you too may be inspired by the exclusive scenery of this untouched and unique paradise at the equator. Make time to discover the wonders of the animal and plant kingdom evolving on the Galapagos archipelago.

Galapagos Cruises

Galapagos Cruises

Probably the best way to discover the Galapagos Islands is on a cruise. Follow the footsteps of Charles Darwin and explore the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago on a cruise at the equator line; berth in small harbors and drop anchor in silent bays with long white beaches and relax cruising between the islands and watch out for whales, dolphins and flying fish. During excursions you explore the endemic flora and fauna of the islands together with your experienced nature guide. Furthermore you will have several opportunities to swim and snorkel in the pacific, discovering the tropical under water wildlife of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. With a little bit of luck you can observe a marine turtle slowly passing by or swim with playful sea lions. On board of your cruise ship you can enjoy friendly service and delicious meals, learn more about the unique nature of the islands from your guide and have a good night sleep in your comfortable cabin. We kindly invite you to peruse our carefully selected cruises from 4 to 15 days to find the boat of your choice, from sail boats for 14 passengers over motor catamarans and yachts to comfortable cruise ships for up to 100 passengers.

Galapagos Travel & Tours

Galapagos Travel & Tours

While for many years the only way to discover the Galapagos Islands has been on a cruise, now you can travel the Galapagos combining a comfortable hotel stay on one or several of the islands with day tours into the national park as well as the marine reserve. Trained national park guides will share their knowledge on the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands with you and guide you to the best spots to meet the wildlife. You can chose between organized programs with fixed group departures or set up your own program with a mixture of tours and free days following your own rhythm. To ensure your expectations of Galapagos are fulfilled, we specialize in customized travel services to meet your every want and desire on the Galapagos Islands. Please contact us for your individual travel offer according to your preferences without any compromise. Fulfill your dreams, leave everyday life behind, and enjoy the exceptional service during your personalized adventure here on the equator.

Travel Services

Travel Services

Galapagos Cruises is the Galapagos Department from Responsible Travel Tour Operadora Cia. Ltda., a travel specialist for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
To ensure the quality of our Galapagos cruises and travel, Responsible Travel has formed a specialized department for customized travel services to meet your every want and desire on the Galapagos Islands. From flights to and from the Galapagos to transfers in and out, Hotel stays on the Islands to Galapagos cruises, as well as travel services before and after your Galapagos visit, we will help you fulfill your travel dreams, and provide you with exceptional service for your personalized adventure in Ecuador and Galapagos. Gladly we will help you organize in Ecuador comfortable hotel accommodation in major cities; fascinating cultural and adventure tours in the Andes; and trips into the mysterious verdant world of the Amazon rainforest; just let us know your wishes and requirements and we will gladly organize a travel of a lifetime for you here at the equator!

Galapagos Travel Information

Galapagos Information

The Galapagos Islands, and the country of Ecuador, to which they belong, are still regarded as an exclusive travel choice off the beaten track. The archipelago lays app. 1000km west of the Ecuadorian coast directly at the equator line. From Ecuador's mainland your travel to the Galapagos Islands continues with a flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the islands San Cristobal or Baltra, where your Galapagos exploration starts. The Galapagos Islands form a nature reserve with unique surroundings where most of the animal and plant species are endemic. Besides the bizarre volcanic landscapes blue footed boobies, the Galapagos turtles, the flightless cormorants, the Galapagos albatross, the marine iguanas, penguins and the playful sea lions are the main attractions of the islands. In order to be prepared for this exciting adventure we provide you with comprehensive travel information on the Galapagos Islands, their flora and fauna, their history and climate as well as on flights, lists for packing and equipment, a travel planner and the national park rules. The information on the page is in English as most tours in Galapagos are guided in English and Spanish. Nevertheless, in Galapagos special departures are guided in other languages - please inquire with us; we speak English, Spanish and German.

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS NEWS

• June 2016: tax on cash upon departure

The Ecuadorian government has introduced a new tax - Impuesto a la Salida de Divisas or shortly ISD – of 5% on cash sums over US $ 1,098 per person, when leaving the country.
When a person (Ecuadorean or foreigner) leaves Ecuador carrying cash of up to US$ 1,098 no tax (ISD) applies. If this tax allowance of US$ 1098 per person is exceeded, the amount passing the allowance must be declared and a tax of 5% paid upon this amount. Families can travel with an allowance of US$ 1,098 for each adult plus an additional allowance of USD 366 for each child under 18 years.
Persons leaving the country carrying more cash as the permitted allowance without declaring that amount and accordingly paying the respective taxes (ISD) will be fined with 50% of the untaxed amount. Ecuadorian tax authorities (SRI) will therefore conduct controls in ports, airports and border areas.

• July 2016: New Port Charges for Isabela Island, Galapagos

As of July 01, a new port charge of US$ 10 per person for foreign visitors applies on Isabela Island. This is the same value as the airport tax on Isabela, which has already been US$ 10 per person before. For all travelers presenting a Cedula (Ecuadorian ID card), the port fee will be US$ 5 per person.