Galapagos Islands Travel Update

by on 31st May, 2024

Galapagos Islands Travel Update, May 2024

The increasing popularity of the Galapagos Islands keeps it at the top of many people’s must-visit lists.

The Galapagos Park Authorities is responding to the boom, particularly hotel-based trips, by doubling the park entry to $200 per person from 1 August 2024.

The entry fees have increased for the first time since 1998. Park authorities will spend the new income on conservation, infrastructure upgrades, community programmes, and reducing Galapagos tourism’s ecological footprint.

It also hopes to reduce the risk of invasive species, ease food scarcity, and protect precious water supplies for locals.

Andean Trails supports the move as part of our commitment to sustainable travel.


How we help protect the Galapagos Islands

The welcome news comes after visitor numbers hit a record high in 2023. We’ve been part of the sustainability efforts for many years, offering complimentary one-year memberships to all our travellers to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

For those interested in Galapagos cruises, we are thrilled to introduce three new boats on our website. These vessels offer unique experiences, such as the use of biological soaps, complimentary kayak use, and the opportunity to sail on one of the last remaining traditional sailboats.

Contact us for more ways to visit the Galapagos Islands sustainably and contribute to their continued survival as a beacon of hope for a greener future.



Samba Galapagos Sailing Boat


The striking Samba is the Galapagos Islands’ top superior tourist boat, easily spotted with its flamboyant red sails and cheery crew.

Renowned for its top-quality guide, guests aboard enjoy complimentary use of snorkels, 3mm full-length wet suits, fins, and kayaks, plus paddle boards.

Christian Cornett returned from a cruise aboard the Samba recently and said: “I had a great time, and thanks again for a great trip! I will recommend you to friends!” Contact us and hop aboard the Samba.


Galaxy Orion Motor Yacht


The Galaxy Orion has recently been refurbished and is enjoying a new lease of life on its three fabulous Galapagos itineraries.

Inside, the twin or double-bed cabins feature private bathrooms equipped with biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and soaps. Free Wi-Fi makes sharing memories with family and friends easy while aboard.

Outside, travellers enjoy the complimentary use of kayaks, snorkelling gear, wetsuits, and gourmet meals prepared by the boat’s talented chef. Contact us for more about the Galaxy Orion.



Galapagos Angel, First Class Yacht


Introducing the newest boat in the Galapagos Islands – the Angel. This first-class motor boat has beautifully appointed cabins with panoramic windows to immerse you in the wildlife experience.

Choose from 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8-day itineraries, mixing on-land exploration with fantastic snorkelling. Furthermore, the Angel offers free use of underwater cameras so you can record the marvellous marine life encountered.

Snorkelling gear, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the price. Let us know if you’d like to know more about the Angel.


Have you been inspired to visit the Galapagos Islands? Contact us for more.


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