The Galapagos Islands are the ultimate travel destination for anyone who loves nature, animals, or photography. These iconic islands are abundant with unique landscapes and rare species of exotic animals you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
If visiting the Galapagos Islands is on your bucket list, you may be wondering which are the most beautiful islands to visit, where to see the most animals, how many days to spend in the Galapagos Islands, and the best way to visit the Galapagos Islands.
Keep reading below for our guide to the Galapagos Islands and tips for planning your perfect trip!
We visited the Galapagos Islands in late May 2018 on a 5 day / 4 night Northern Islands cruise on board the Santa Cruz II with Metropolitan Touring. We’d heard from other travelers who had visited the islands multiple times that a cruise was the best way to visit the Galapagos, because you get to visit more secluded islands that you can’t visit any other way.
The Galapagos Islands are a national park and entry is highly regulated. The Galapagos National Park Service takes extreme caution to protect the islands. Anyone visiting the islands, no matter if you go on your own, on a tour, or on a cruise, must be with a certified Galapagos Naturalist at all times. You cannot explore the islands on your own.