Although there are no direct flights to Galapagos from Europe there are a number of airlines providing routes to Ecuador, with the main airports of Quito and Guayaquil being the most popular and accessible. From Ecuador you can then catch a short flight to Baltra or San Cristobel and begin your Galapagos adventure.
Alternatively, many travellers choose to use a stop-over in Ecuador as a chance to explore this wonderful country. At Wildfoot we believe that any trip to the Galapagos Islands should include, at the very least, a trip to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. If you have come all this way you may as well see as much of what that this intriguing part of the world has to offer as you can!
Quito sits over 9000 ft above sea level and is a town rich in Spanish colonial architecture, including the opulent gold church of the Jesuits. The old town of Quito is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site and being dramatically situated so high up in the Andean foothills the town is a must see for photographers and lovers of spectacular views and awe-inspiring scenery. Quito has a warm and relaxed traditional Ecuadorian Sierra culture and is packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures, all of which can be soaked up via a ride on the famous TelefériQo – an exhilarating sky tram ride up through the Pichincha Volcano to the top of Cruz Loma. The Equator is also only 45 minutes’ drive from Quito so you will have the perfect opportunity to test out the famous theories of peculiar happenings associated with the Equator.
There are a number of Ecaudor land based trips available which take in all of these remarkable sights and are a fantastic way to start off, or complete, your once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands.
At Wildfoot we are approved British Airways appointed operators and our team of travel experts are experienced in finding the very best air packages for our customers to a huge variety of destinations throughout the world, so if you need any information on getting to the Galapagos or exciting things to do along the way please feel free to contact us and we will be delighted to help.