Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Travel Guide

Nature-lovers wondering what to do in the Galapagos Islands will be hard pressed to run out of options. The archipelago is full of natural wonders, including fearless wildlife, sweeping views, and beautiful beaches perfect for both surfing and scuba diving. The islands are not just visually stunning, however – they also have a rich, storied history courtesy of Charles Darwin. Nature historians and biologists wondering what to do in the Galapagos Islands are encouraged to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which includes a national-park information station, baby-tortoise incubators and an adult tortoise protected enclosure.

Of the many things to do on the Galapagos Islands, nightclubbing and party-hopping are not among them. However, the islands do boast a surprisingly impressive collection of restaurants, and one of the best things to do on the Galapagos Islands is eat a delicious meal while taking in one of the many breathtaking views the archipelago has to offer.

Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips for 2013 go to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Measuring 166 feet in length, this deluxe yacht carries a maximum of 40 passengers on four- and six-night excursions to the Galápagos Islands.

Based in San Francisco, the Geographic Expeditions travel company provides several close-to-nature cruises to the Galápagos Islands. Transportation options include a private charter boat and La Pinta, a 48-person yacht with 10 staterooms and 14 cabins.

Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area’s natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operators may offer tours of longer than 15 days. Years as agent: 13. Specialties: Peru, Galápagos.