Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Galapagos Islands, South America Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Galapagos Islands, South America story by: Inspire South America Galapagos Islands Barren and volcanic, the Galapagos Islands has a unique haunting beauty. The archipelago lies around 1000 kilometres west of Ecuador, covering 50,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. Comprised of 19 islands, the amazing wildlife is a big draw card here. The pristine white and red sand beaches along with waters filled with multicoloured forms of life including the albatross, penguin, blue-footed boobie, giant tortoise, iguana, sea lion, whale and dolphin all still behave as though man is no enemy. Granted as a national park in 1959, the archipelago is now protected with strict limits on where visitors are allowed to go, with all visitors being accompanied by a certified naturalist tour guide. The best way to see the islands is by boat with various cruise options available. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Animal crazy? Our calendar of the Galapagos Islands has got the cure Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top Three South American Destinations for Adventure Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.