why island hopping
Difference between cruise and land programs
To discover the Galapagos Islands is to discover nature in its purest state. So pure, in fact, that it led the young English naturalist Charles Darwin, who visited the islands in 1835, to write “The Origin of the Species”… and the world has not been the same since.
Located 1.000 km off Ecuador’s Pacific coast, this mysterious and fascinating archipelago is comprised of 13 large islands, six smaller ones and over 40 islets.
Through the evolutionary process, climate, ocean currents and the comparative lack of predatory enemies including man, the Galapagos became one of the strangest and most compelling places on our planet. Flora and fauna, arriving on different “routes” across the waters from the mainland, colonized the original Galapagos lava beds. Walking around the Galapagos Islands and snorkeling or diving in its surrounding waters is like stepping into a surreal world. More practical information can be found here.
Advantages land program
The big difference between a Galápagos land program and a cruise is that your accommodation will be on one of the inhabited islands (Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal) and from here you have organized (day)tours to sites around the islands and/or nearby uninhabited islands. The great benefit of a Galápagos land program is the flexibility, the choice of level of accommodation you prefer and the freedom to choose where you want to go for dinner.
Cruise vs island hopping
- Strict itinerary and limited space
- Sleep, eat and free time on the boat
- Two land visit per day and a snorkeling site in between
- Able to visit more and further away islands
- Guidance at all time
- Local communities cannot profit as money stays within the International cruise companies
- More liberty
- Different hotels, choice of restaurants, free time, many activities to do
- Day tour to one destination which includes one land visit and one snorkeling site
- Less islands you can visit
- Limited guidance
- Supporting the local communities by staying and spending money on the islands