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.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange seven nights in the Galapagos (not including international flights) from £4500 per person.


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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

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The brand new 142 foot MV Origin is set to make her inaugural cruise in January 2016. Destination Expert Sarah Griffiths is excited about Origin because it's billed to tick all the boxes for an exceptional Galapagos base; "there will be a high level of comfort and service, all the most modern conveniences, quality guides, small groups, excellent food and a wide variety of activity. She's going to be the height of Galapagos luxury and will run two superb itineraries back to back, encompassing all the main highlights of the archipelago".

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The Galapagos Safari Camp

The Galapagos Safari Camp

The Galapagos Safari camp has brought a new concept to The Galapagos namely an African style tented camp on the island of Santa Cruz. It is the first eco-luxury tented camp in Ecuador and is situated in a 55 hectare farm bordering the national park and only a short journey to the sea. The tents are erected above ground on a wooden platform, there is a stylish central lodge and an infinity pool, all with views overlooking the tumbling landscape below. It is the perfect place to chill out before or after a Galapagos cruise, or as the base for your Galapagos adventure if you don’t quite have the sea legs for it.

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The Grace

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 only does this mean that the boat has an extremely personal atmosphere, it also means you are able to visit almost any island (whereas with the larger ships some of the islands are off limits). It is also certainly the go-to boat for lovers of history as well as wildlife.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Espanola Island

Gardner Bay on the North Eastern Coast is one of our favourite spots in the islands- particularly good for swimming and snorkelling.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos

exclusive itinerary ideas amazon and the galapagos islands

You don’t have to be the world’s savviest twitcher or wildlife fanatic to be captivated by the thriving wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos. While ditching the iPads for the binoculars does not come naturally for some, Ecuador’s untampered nature gives us more than a good reason to. Whilst the remoteness of the…

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Group Tours

Our Escorted Journeys have all been inspired by people or places you wouldn't normally have access to unless you travel as a small group. With each special journey we have been careful to stick to the same level of adventure, exclusivity and under the skin experiences as we do with our tailor-made travel.


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.

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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.

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