Because the Galapagos is a destination composed of 13 major islands, most assume cruising is really the only way to go, but land-based tours are an increasingly popular option.
Galapagos by Land
Regardless of how you visit the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, the capital of Santa Cruz, draws bucket list travelers, sea lions and pelicans because of its beautiful port.
Land travelers can’t avoid the sea entirely in the Galapagos relying on ferries from the Santa Cruz ferry port.
Some of the Galapagos islands, like Ferandina, can only be accessed via a cruise.
Galapagos by Sea
The Ecuadorian government and the Galapagos tightly regulate cruises with ships limited to a maximum of 100 passengers. Most ships carry between 12 and 16 passengers.
Guide are required on the Galapagos and ships draw the best of the best.