Experience Ecuador’s Archipelago On A Private and Custom Tour

Experience the Galapagos on a Private Tour



Kristen Roman
“Absolutely amazing! This wasn’t a tour, it was an unforgettable experience. Our guides, Patricia, Jake and Jen were knowledgeable, patient, and entirely invested in making our week everything we hoped it would be and more. The sights seen, education gained, and most of all the connections and friendships made combined to create the trip of a lifetime for me and my son. Thank you Gondwana!” —Kristen Roman

Topping the list of the 10 best places in the world for wildlife watching, the Galapagos Islands gives visitors an unrivaled chance to get up-close and personal with all the wildlife —birds, fish, reptiles, plants, marine and terrestrial mammals alike – something that children of all ages absolutely love. The Galapagos offers wildlife experiences like nowhere else on earth, where else can you:

      • Snigger at Blue- and Red-footed boobies
      • Literally “swim with the sharks” (albeit non-aggressive Galapagos sharks and hammerheads)
      • Come nose-to-nose with curious sea lions
      • Visit the most northerly penguins in the world
      • Be water-snorted at by a marine iguana 
      • And sail alongside a spy-hopping killer whale
      • Or snorkel with turtles and rays
      • Become completely blasé about giant tortoises

Galapagos Overview

Pristine, Secluded and Remote Beaches of the Galapagos

Galapagos beaches are often secluded and remote, making it easy to have a high level of privacy in a quiet setting that makes it easy to unwind. Because the islands are one of the most protected places on earth as a World Heritage Site, it makes it easy to avoid developed areas where the land has been disturbed. One of the important reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands is that the number of visitors on the archipelago is also restricted, making it easy to avoid crowds during each season.

Explore various hiking trails and beaten pathways that can take you to amazing viewpoints where you can enjoy some of the most exotic scenic views in the world, such as the Scalesia Forest or Sierra Negra – the world’s second largest volcanic crater.

A typical well-planned island-to-island Galapagos cruise will allow you to see these stunning desert-like volcanic islands set in an azure ocean (which just happens to be a national maritime reserve) and observe endemic and native species such as the Galapagos Albatross, The Galapagos Giant tortoise, The Galapagos Marine Iguanas, the Lava Lizard and the Galapagos Sea Lions. All this while spending restful night’s in your “floating boutique hotel.”

More About The Galapagos Tour

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Spelunking



In the Galapagos, you can even explore the labyrinth of underground lava tubes that run deep underneath, throughout much of the Galapagos Islands. While many of these amazing caves are well lit, a good flashlight and a sturdy pair of shoes can allow you to explore much of the subterranean caves without a tour guide.

  • Galapagos boat in back, hikers in from 
  • Tortoise on ground, hiker walking around them
  • On deck of ship (“Athala”)
  • Galapagos ship and zodiac
  • Galapagos diving (w/whale shark)
  • Galapagos Panoramic shot
  • Iguana (head)
  • Tortoises
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Beautiful Volcanic Landscapes



Spanning 4896 square miles, some 600 km off the coast of South America, the Galapagos consists of 13 main islands, which are known to be some of the most active volcanic “hotspots” in the world. Actually, this is one of the few places on our planet where you can walk on lava and witness the formation of volcanic geological history in the form of lava fields, like the ones on the island of Fernandina.

Stay in Elegant and Comfortable Land-Based Hotels and Resorts


Those considering staying in the Galapagos either before or after their cruise will be rewarded with a splendid selection of world-class ecologically-focused luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. Also, staying at a hotel on a land-based tours can be an attractive alternative for enjoying the islands, frequently saving you money and giving better access to scuba diving. Exploring the islands from a land-based hotel might also be a better alternative for those prone to seasickness.