Start planning your one week tour to the Galapagos Islands
Ever since Darwin’s first expedition to this tiny destination, people have been drawn here by the incredible biodiversity, landscapes and abundance of activities for visitors of all ages. The Galapagos Islands provide the perfect mixture of land and sea and during your 7 day tour you can explore the underwater world as well as beaches, cliffs, forests and volcanic trails to your heart’s content. Stay in a luxury eco-lodge or spa-hotel or get in touch with nature during a stay in a cabin in the wilderness.
Best things to see and do for one week in Galapagos Islands
What to see in one week
The volcanic nature of these islands mean that the landscapes are truly unbeatable and no week-long visit to The Galapagos is complete without taking in some of the sights from the top of one of the many breathtaking volcanic peaks. Los Gemelos on Santa Cruz Island is home to twin craters that make for some of the best trekking and hiking around, as well as some of the best views out over the archipelago. The Lava Tunnels are another fantastic site and you can enjoy the expedition of a lifetime as you explore these unique spaces formed by molten lava. This certainly beats ordinary caving. To get a sense of local culture during your one week trip to The Galapagos visit the traditional fish market at Puerto Ayora and browse the amazing specimens, some of which are unique to this archipelago. Another incredible aspect of the Galapagos is the variety of landscape and scenery here. Spend the morning climbing rocky terrain before heading to a nearby sandy beach to enjoy the afternoon in these peaceful surroundings. Why not visit Playa de los Perros to see native wildlife and one of the destinations most beautiful beaches?
What to do in one week
Most visitors come to The Galapagos to see its amazingly diverse species, most of which are native only to this small area and are perfectly adapted to life here. A one week tour to The Galapagos wouldn’t be complete without a wildlife safari to see the most incredible of these native species. Book a guided tour to see giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins and sea lions, as well as many species of native birds. Go snorkelling with sea lions in La Loberia or Playa Mann or visit a tortoise ranch such as Rancho Primicias to see some of the country’s most prized animals in action. Action and adventure lovers will be spoilt for choice, with so many fun activities to be enjoyed here. Go cliff diving or jumping at Las Grietas or trek some of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails which are spread out over the islands. Whale watching or dolphin spotting are also not to be missed during a one week itinerary in The Galapagos Islands and you will be amazed by how close you can get to these majestic creatures.
Best time to travel to Galapagos Islands for a week
The seasons here are fairly straightforward, with the weather falling into two distinct categories; dry and cool or wet and warm. The dry season falls between June and November and whilst it may be dry, it is actually a less popular time to visit the Islands, with wildlife being less easily spotted, plant life less vibrant and the waters less clear. Catch the warm season between December and May to enjoy the best underwater visibility as well as to enjoy the natural beauty of this destination at its finest. This is however, the peak season and as such you will need to book accommodation and activities in advance to avoid disappointment and overcrowding. Be prepared to see more tourists if you do plan on visiting during these peak months, especially during April and May. The best time to visit the Galapagos for one week is undoubtedly the wet, warm season since this will allow you to see everything that brings nature, wildlife and adventure lovers to this amazing place year after year.