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Off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands host a collection of species that come together to create one of the most diverse populations of native wildlife. Seeing native species of birds, tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, and dolphins up close adds to the wonder of these remote islands sitting on the world’s equator. An archipelago of thirteen islands and six smaller islands, the Galapagos welcomes most visitors by small cruise and expedition ships, where experts and naturalists can teach and share the wonder of the islands with others.

Which islands should I visit?

The islands that comprise the Galapagos are all very different and diverse. They can vary in geological formations, so it is important to speak with a Brownell advisor to determine which islands are best for your interests.

What is the altitude like?

Although the Galapagos Islands are at sea level, the altitude in nearby Ecuador is actually quite high—around 9,350 feet! This is definitely something to consider when traveling to the Galapagos, as you need to give your body time to adjust. We recommend taking it easy for the first day or two and allowing your body to acclimate.

Is this destination suitable for children?

Absolutely! We work with local naturalists and guides that create one-of-a-kind experiences and can gear any tour or activity toward families and children. Because of all the wildlife, this destination is extremely popular for families looking for some adventure.