What is a Galapagos Land-Based Tour?
On a Galapagos ‘land-based’ or ‘hotel-based’ tour, visitors sleep on land (instead of aboard a boat at sea). Combining the wildlife experience of a cruise with the comforts of a hotel makes land-based tours a popular Galapagos cruise alternative.
A land-based Safari, however, does not mean you are stuck on land the whole time. In addition to exploring some of the lesser-known corners of Santa Cruz by car, bicycle, and foot, our Safaris also include boat trips to uninhabited islands.
At the end of each day, guests return to Galapagos Safari Camp to unwind in the wilderness, with seamless service and with all the comforts that a luxury tented camp brings. Those who have stayed at tented safari camps know how powerful these experiences can be on the psyche. You are sheltered and well looked after, yet exposed to the natural world you have come to see.
Not to be confused with ‘island-hopping tours’, which shuttle visitors between the crowded port towns of the archipelago, our land-based Safaris provide guests with an unforgettable base from which to explore the more authentic and wilder side of the Galapagos. After all, most visitors that come to the islands want to be immersed in nature and to experience wildlife in its natural setting, not to stay in towns. Or, for that matter, on cruise ships.
The Galapagos Cruise Alternative
Many travelers are put off the Galapagos by the mainstream perception of the destination, believing the only way to see the islands is on a cruise, with strict schedules, and alongside 20-100 strangers. The idea of being herded from one site to the next and being confined to communal decks and compact cabins for a week or longer is not their idea of a vacation. Moreover, if you add seasickness, children, and/or honeymoon romance, a cruise will inevitably cause some trepidation.
Fortunately, there is an alternative way to experience the islands. It is the reason we founded Galapagos Safari Camp. There is so much more to the Galapagos than rushing from island to island, ticking off names from a list. It is a place to reconnect with a primordial sense of time and wonder, free from the bosun’s whistle.
Video: Presenting Galapagos Safari Camp
If, like us, you travel to seek meaningful life experiences, to gain a sense of place, and to bond with your loved ones, we warmly welcome you to Galapagos Safari Camp.
Our tailor-made land-based Safaris combine time exploring the wilds and wonders of Santa Cruz Island with day trips to uninhabited islands, returning to Camp at the end of each day.