Galapagos Islands


From the Editor: Private Travel Bubbles

Private travel bubbles provide a way to go abroad with the maximum degree of safety. &Beyond has organized journeys to the Galapagos Islands and South Africa.

A Galápagos Cruise for Conservation

A private yacht is the best way to explore the Galapagos. This refurbished one has a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and contributes to the conservation group WildAid.

10 Family Vacation Ideas

Ten of our favorite family-friendly spots, each brimming with activities and set against exceptionally intriguing and scenic backdrops.

Best Travel Experiences 2017

Andrew Harper looks back at the year in travel and reminisces about his most memorable experiences.

Best Luxury Hotels in Ecuador: Grand Awards 2017

Each year, we have the pleasure of singling out a number of particularly memorable hotels and resorts. These are the top hotels in Ecuador selected.

Galápagos Cruises

Nowadays, there are cruise options to suit a range of traveling styles, from luxurious larger vessels to plush yachts that hold just a handful of guests.

Ecuador Bookshelf: 'The Beak of the Finch'

Jonathan Weiner enjoyed the benefit of hindsight when he came to write "The Beak of the Finch," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.

Dramatic New Ecuador Ecolodges

Periodically, I long for the tranquility of unspoiled nature. Two ecolodges recently gave me the perfect excuse to decamp to Ecuador.

Birding in Ecuador's Cloud Forest

Even if you have no intention of keeping a "life list," it's impossible not to feel excited by the incredible variety of gorgeously colorful birds in Ecuador.

An Evening Out: Night Hike at Mashpi Lodge

One of the most memorable activities at Mashpi Lodge was a night hike through the cloud forest with a view across a valley lined by jungle-clad mountains.

Giant Galápagos Tortoise Encounter

Most Galapagos itineraries include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoises, but you can see them up close at Rancho El Chato.

Snorkeling With Sea Lions

It's not just the birds that are tame in the Galapagos: As we returned to our boat, our guide noticed sea lions playing in the surf off nearby Mosquera Island.

Newly Recommended Hotels: Galápagos & Boston

Three new luxury hotels are recommended this month, including a resort in the Galápagos Islands and hotels in Boston, Massachusetts.

Harper Classic: Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp, the original upscale land base in the Galápagos archipelago, is found on the island of Santa Cruz.

Letter From the Editor, November 2016

In this month's issue, Mr. Harper details his trip to the Galápagos Islands and his stay in Quito. Two Boston hotels are also reviewed.

Video: Galápagos Wildlife

Watch Mr. Harper's video of wildlife encounters in the Galápagos while on excursion from Pikaia Lodge, including giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas and more.

The Wild Bunch: 9 Best Adventure Travel Experiences

Andrew Harper Alliance Partners share some of their top-listed wilderness and adventure travel experiences.

New and Noteworthy, June 2016

Andrew Harper points to notable luxury travel news — a new Ponant Cuba Cruise, Galapagos Safari Camp and the renovation of Sanctuary Chief's Camp in Botswana.

Luxury Travel News: Galapagos Debut

Personally, I am keen on boats of all kinds, but I freely concede that not everyone shares my enthusiasm, especially not for relatively small ones bobbing up an

Guest Post: Clayton Aynesworth on the Galapagos Islands

Although I would recommend a longer tour, say seven days by chartered boat, a four-day trip to the Galapagos can prove very satisfying if you have a well-prepared list of must-see sights.

2012 Andrew Harper Signature Tours

Our Signature Tours are meticulously designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to small groups of like-minded travelers. These trips feature

Indelible Travel Memories of 2011

Travel is often exhilarating and intoxicating, but it also bequeaths a fund of memories that is a lifelong source of solace and delight.