Ecuador

Where nature and history meet

The Galapagos Islands

A guide to responsible wildlife watching

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is an experience. Sheltered from human intervention for millennia, this group of volcanic islands cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean was instrumental in changing the way humanity viewed itself, once we finally found them. For it was at the Galapagos that Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution by natural selection, inspired by the variety and adaptability of the islands’ wildlife.

Get the guide
  • The Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos Islands

    The islands that changed the world
    For such a tiny smattering of islands flung far into the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos archipelago has had an outsized impact on humanity and our understanding of ourselves...Read more
  • Isabela Island

    ...Read more
  • Bartolomé Island

    ...Read more
  • Urbina Bay

    ...Read more
  • Santa Cruz

    ...Read more
  • Genovesa Island

    ...Read more
  • Darwin Island

    ...Read more
  • Española Island

    ...Read more
  • Quito

    Quito

    Ecuador's mountain capital
    ...Read more
  • The Amazon Basin

    The Amazon Basin

    Mind-boggling biodiversity
    ...Read more
  • Cuenca

    Cuenca

    Charming city with a laid-back pace
    ...Read more
  • Cotopaxi National Park

    Cotopaxi National Park

    Stunning volcanic landscapes
    ...Read more

Where to go in Ecuador

Our recommended places

Why Horizon Guides?

Expert travel guide

Expert travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for reliable and impartial travel advice.

Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences

We curate exceptional trips in underrated places, organised by the very best tour operators who live and breathe their destinations and are passionate about authentic, responsible tourism.

Give back to mother nature

Give back to mother nature

We'll plant 50 trees for every trip booked via the Horizon Guides site in partnership with the International Tree Foundation, who carry out sustainable community forestry projects in Africa.