The Galapagos can be a complex destination to plan a tour or trip since one really needs to know which boat matches each traveler’s particular travel styles and personality. This requires hands-on expertise; the Galapagos Excursions team has more than 10 years customizing trips for couples, small groups and families to this magical part of the world.
Galapagos Excursions is a division of the award-winning travel consulting company, Latin Excursions (Awarded consecutively “Travel + Leisure’s A-List Travel Consultants from 2005 to 2011), which specializes in custom trips throughout Central and South America. The Galapagos Excursions brand focuses particularly on Galapagos Islands tours, and spectacular trips in mainland Ecuador and Peru to combine with island adventures – the Amazon, Andes Highlands and Machu Picchu are some of our favorites.
Who We Are:
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Miami, Florida, we have regional offices in Latin America which allows us to offer you exceptional quality in all our services, along with all the local support you require. While our travel specialists are meticulous in anticipating every eventuality, we also give our local guides the authority to make decisions on the fly based on their superior understanding of the context and needs of our travelers.
Our approach to travel offers the opportunity to slow down and take part in something that is authentic, meaningful and real. We avoid what has become a part of modern tourism (large impersonal group travel and packages) and instead seek out experiences that resonate with authentic local life carried on according to its own natural rhythm.
We believe that life is to be enjoyed and to be discovered, and we take our greatest pleasure in sharing our discoveries with you. We do not use traditional tour guides, but rather specialists in distinguished fields. For special interests such as photography or bird watching, we could arrange to have a local expert in each field guide you through some of the magical natural wonders in both Ecuador (and if time allows, Peru as well). These are just a few examples to the degree we go to offer the finest possible service. Be it a private dinner request in Machu Picchu or a special dive request to see a particular marine mammal, each experience will be a memorable one.
Founded by Eric Sheets, an award winning travel specialist in Latin America and a passionate nature lover, our energetic staff has personally been on 99% of the boats that work in the Galapagos and we have chosen those on this website based on the quality of guides, safety standards of each boat, and the environmental conservation policy the company behind the boats, practice. Guides are the most important element in choosing a natural themed trip (or any natural history excursion for that matter) and we only work with those boats that have excellent guiding quality. The quality of the guides at some Galapagos Tour Company and trip providers has diminished, and we think that our expertise will help match the right boat (and Galapagos experience) for you and your family. We will be happy to share our expertise.
OUR GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION POLICY AND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRAVEL COMPANY:
By traveling with us you are helping conserve these islands. Why ? We only work with companies that do not promote or generate human population growth and that have in place sound environmental conservation policies.
The Galapagos is a magical natural destination, but, as many other areas of the world, it is under constant threats – particularly those produced due to population growth and human encroachment. Galapagos Excursions was founded under the business ideals of becoming an agent of change, only supporting and working with those boats and land operators that share our similar values of working to preserve the Galapagos, rather than just simply using them for business benefit. Our company strongly believes that it can make a difference by:
1. Working only with those boats and organizations that do not import employees from mainland Ecuador (thus contributing to the population growth on the islands).
2. We have meticulously interviewed all the boat companies we work with to make sure they have in place internal policies that promote environmental conservation such as minimizing waste, recycling programs, and observation of strict sustainable island visitation practices.
When you choose us for a Galapagos adventure, you know that you are not only going to obtain a high quality experience, but you will not be contributing to the deterioration and environmental decay of these magical islands. There are many tour companies that arrange travel to the islands, but few are actively selecting boats that practice sound environmental standards and where you know a portion of the trip proceeds is going towards a foundation actively involved in preserving the future of these fragile islands. By choosing to travel with Galapagos Excursions, you will be supporting the local communities and not contributing to the islands’ biggest threat – population growth.
We are continuing contributors to an eduational foundation called the Fundacion Escalesia. A proceed of each of our trips goes to this noble educational foundation.
The children of the world are the hope for its future.The education of children living on Galapagos will ensure a generation that respects and appreciates the richness of the Islands, its country and its impact on the global community. Galapagos needs to be preserved for countless future generations to enjoy. We believe in education as one of the principal tools to ensure sustainability in the long term.The Scalesia Foundation is the only non-governmental institution that is investing 100% of its efforts in EDUCATION on the Islands.
People travel with us because they know we’re somewhat obsessed about quality, about getting the details right. Each trip is planned individually, taking into account interests, wishes and personal styles of each traveler. After some conversations, we propose a completely tailor made itinerary. We believe that we can offer the best advice and service to our clients.
You don’t have to imagine. Galapagos is waiting for you and your family.