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Trip Advisor 2019

The Pros of Land-Based Galapagos Tours - Island Hopping

Want to go in a trip to the Galapagos Islands without taking a cruise? Given the fact that it’s an archipelago of islands, this has to raise a brow. Rest assured, though; the islands can be enjoyed to the fullest on a land-based tour – if done right, that is. While you won’t be able to reach the most faraway islands, such as distant Genovesa or Fernandina islands, plenty of “magic” can be found in the central islands.

What’s more, thanks to the development of the archipelago’s transportation services and accommodations, a hotel-based “island-hopping” tour offers a great alternative to a cruise, which in the past was the only way you could visit the islands.

On a land-based trip, you’ll make short speedboat trips or even shuttle flights to two or three different islands. This gives you a chance to explore each of these islands for a day or two, while every evening returning to your hotel room instead of remaining on a rocking cruise ship for the rest of the night. For light sleepers, or anyone prone to motion sickness, or for those who might suffer from cabin fever after being confined on board a yacht for several days, a hotel-based itinerary might be your best option for getting the most from your once-in-a-lifetime experience in these enchanting islands.

And if even a short speedboat ride is too much, an extended stay in hotels on airport-serviced San Cristobal Island or Santa Cruz Island will still allow you to experience all of the legendary wildlife for which the archipelago is so well known.

Another "pro" of a land-based tour is the greater scheduling flexibility offered. All cruises have fixed departure dates, so if your preferred travel date doesn’t exactly match one of the cruises available, a custom-designed land-based tour might be just the solution.

Then too, some cruises don’t allow children at all, while some of the others that do permit children on board don’t provide kid-friendly activities. Land-based programs, on the other hand, not only allow children but you’ll also have much greater flexibility for the selection of visitor sites, excursions and activities suitable to your child’s age and preferences.

In addition, you shouldn’t rule out a land-based tour as a complement to your cruise itinerary. In the Galapagos Islands, you may want to spend more time relaxing on one or two islands after the more hectic pace of an island-to-island cruise. Think about it – this could be the perfect conclusion to your exceptional journey.

We assure you that there are plenty of things to do on a land-based tour in the Galapagos Islands. You can even “upgrade” your experience by adding an adventurous touch like a Galapagos safari; on this, you’ll see for yourself what a “luxury tent” truly is.

As a travel destination, the Galapagos Islands is complicated by the many variables involved (including the language barrier, the varying islands, the host of activities and sites, your required stop in mainland Ecuador, etc.).

But this is where Surtrek comes in. Just tell us what you are looking for and what you’re concerned about, and our journey designers will be more than happy to tailor a unique experience that suits your specific interests to a tee.

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