Central + South America The Galapagos Extraordinary Islands, Exotic Wildlife, Luxury Yachts, Scuba Diving, excellent guiding A trip to the Galapagos is universally accepted to be one of the most unforgettable encounters with wildlife on the planet. Nothing can prepare you for the thrill that you will experience through the intimate contact with the creatures that inhabit these extraordinary islands. It is best to visit the islands via a seven-night cruise and we favour the smaller yachts which give a more personal experience and an excellent guide to passenger ratio. Every evening the guides will talk you through the activities for the following day. These will include everything from snorkelling or diving to hiking along lava tunnels, swimming with sea lions and bird watching. The Galapagos can be visited at any time of the year but the migrating animals arrive from June to November, when the weather is cooler. It is best to seek advice from our destination experts so that you don’t miss out on the highlights. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. MARKET DAY IN THE GALAPAGOS Katie Harper was lucky enough to meet the infamous giant tortoise, which she thought would be the most extraordinary moment of her trip, but she was in for a treat when walking through the picturesque town on market day. Find out more THE MOST PERFECT GALAPAGOS CRUISE Harriett Brand is a seasoned traveller, and has been to some of the most extraordinary places on earth, but nothing could prepare her for the surprise and wonder of The Galapagos and the excellent guiding provided aboard the small luxury yacht. Find out more SPENDING MY BIRTHDAY IN THE GALAPAGOS One of our clients wanted to spend their birthday somewhere special. We suggested The Galapagos, and they jumped at it. Spending their day watching sealions and brown pelicans, as the sunset a flock of blue-footed boobies flew overhead. It was the perfect way to spend a birthday. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. M/V Eclipse The Eclipse is one of our favourite boats, largely because we feel they have some of the best guides in the archipelago, which is absolutely essential in getting a fun and fulfilling experience out of these complex and extraordinary islands. The boat sleeps 48 passengers and is very spacious on deck so you never feel… Find out more MV ORIGIN The brand new 142 foot MV Origin made her inaugural cruise in January 2016. Destination Expert Sarah Griffiths is excited about Origin because it ticks all the boxes for an exceptional Galapagos base; “there is a high level of comfort and service, all the most modern conveniences, quality guides, small groups, excellent food and a wide variety… Find out more The Galapagos Safari Camp The Galapagos Safari camp has brought an entirely new concept to the Galapagos Islands namely an African style tented camp on the island of Santa Cruz. It opened in 2007 as the first eco-luxury tented camp in Ecuador a 55 hectare farm bordering the national park and only a 30 minute journey to the sea.… Find out more The Grace This motor yacht has a stellar past, including ownership by millionaire tycoons, a stint in the British navy and it was a wedding present to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, (where the boat gets its current name). The Grace is one of the smallest boats servicing the area, taking just 18 guests. Not… Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Snorkelling in The Galapagos The Galapagos offers arguably the best snorkelling in the world. In a unique archipelago teeming with the tamest wildlife imaginable, the friends you'll make underwater will be unforgettable. Find out more Hatching Sea Turtles There is something very magical in witnessing the precious moment of new life for a migratory species as delicate as the Black Sea Turtle Find out more Espanola Island Gardner Bay on the North Eastern Coast is one of our favourite spots in the islands- particularly good for swimming and snorkelling. Find out more Exploring by Sea Kayak Sea kayaks are a great way to get into small bays and up close to wildlife without disturbing it. Many of the smaller boats which we use in the Galapagos now carry sea kayaks. Find out more Fernandina Island In the West of the archipelago and dominated by La Cumbre volcano and rich in birdlife, the youngest of the islands is the most volcanically active. Find out more Isabela Island In the West, the largest island in the archipelago, Isabela is particularly good for blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas. The island also has five of its six volcanoes active, and each strangely has its own sub-species of giant tortoise. Find out more Specialist Dive Boats With strong currents, this area is not for novices and it is important to be with real experts. This means you can have access to the very best guides with in-depth knowledge of where to go, when to see the best concentration and variety of species. Find out more Show All Location We know The Galapagos better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit The Galapagos Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Being on the Equator, The Galapagos can be visited at any time of the year but the migrating animals arrive from June to November, when the weather is cooler. This also happens to coincide with the best season in the Andes if combining a visit with mainland Ecuador or Peru. The calmest seas and warmest water, however, occur between December and May. Most visitors to The Galapagos combine it with a visit to mainland Ecuador for the Sierra or the rainforest/cloud forest or to Peru for its Amazon areas or Inca sites in the Andes. Meet the Team Central + South America Jack Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.