As an owner-run business, which has been creating exceptional Galapagos holidays for over two decades, we don’t try and sell you a holiday, but listen to what you want and then work with you to create a Galapagos trip that is perfect for you.
We work with the best yachts, lodges, guides and transport in Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru and design holidays that are totally tailored to your interests, timescale and budget. We are completely independent, and have no affiliation to any yachts, lodges or hotels so we can really focus on exactly what is right for your Galapagos holiday.
Think Galapagos are true destination experts. We haven’t just travelled in Ecuador and Galapagos, we have lived and worked there for many years giving us an unrivalled network of local contacts. Our in depth knowledge combined with our local contacts allows us to create exceptional holidays to Ecuador and Galapagos taking you beyond the bounds of ordinary travel.
“Throughout our tours we aim to encourage a greater environmental awareness, whether of the landscape itself or its inhabitants.”
Responsible travel is at the heart of everything we do. We believe travel has the power to inspire and support positive social and environmental transformation in the places we visit.
All the holidays we organise are guided by its central principles – that our visit can and should benefit the local community, that we should leave places as we discovered them and that our visit is so much more than a holiday; it is a chance to learn more about the ecosystems we visit and their conservation value.
We are dedicated Galapagos specialists
Whilst there are lots of general travel companies offering trips to the Galapagos, Think Galapagos are unique in that we are specialists. Think Galapagos founders Rachel and Santiago will personally plan and create your tailor made trip with you, or in the case of the group trips, Santiago will lead the trip personally.
An incredible level of personal service
Our ethos is simple and lies at the heart of everything we do: nothing is too much trouble for our guests. We take the time to get to know every guest personally and will go out of our way to ensure everyone who travels with us is as happy as can be, both pre and post-trip by providing as much help and support as needed.
Top local guides
to your budget
Peace of Mind
Think Galapagos is proud to be a member of Protected Trust Services (PTS), membership number 5731. This means that all clients booking with us are fully protected for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. Your money is fully protected and paid into an independent Trust Account, managed by Protected Trust Services. We are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority under Air Travel Organisers’ License (ATOL) number 10266. All flights and flight-inclusive vacations on this website are financially protected by ATOL. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed.
Here is a bit more about us all and what we do here at Think Galapagos…
Santiago was born and raised in Ecuador and has worked as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos since 1992. His photography of the Galapagos has been published and exhibited internationally. A recognised specialist on the Galapagos, Santiago is regularly invited to give talks on the islands to groups and organisations across the UK. Santiago designs and leads all our small group trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Rachel, originally from Yorkshire, moved to Ecuador to work as a foreign correspondent for The Economist and Bloomberg News soon after graduating and stayed there for almost a decade. It was here she met Santiago and together they started organising expeditions to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Rachel heads up the UK office and designs the tailor made programs and will usually be your main point of contact before your trip.
Irene, heads up our team in mainland Ecuador and Galapagos. With a degree in Tourism Administration and another in Marketing, Irene has worked organising trips on the ground in Ecuador for over two decades. Based in Quito Irene effortlessly manages the most diverse requirements and guarantees our seamless operations on the ground and is your local contact in Ecuador available 24/7.
Andres is a native of Quito and has worked as a naturalist guide helping to guide our guests during their time in mainland Ecuador since graduating in Biology over a decade ago. With an amazing knowledge of the culture, history and spectacular natural places in Ecuador he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable guides in the country.
Daniel got his first degree in marketing, but his passion has always been the Ecuadorean wilderness and over a decade ago he began leading tours in Ecuador. Now one of the top guides in mainland Ecuador with a vast breadth of knowledge he is also works with NGO’s helping conserve the country’s native forests.
Teresa ensures everything runs like clockwork in the UK office. Passionate about wildlife and with a background in financial services and keen eye for detail Teresa is responsible for maintaining the records of all of our guests and the financial records for the company. Teresa is usually the person who contacts you with your ATOL Certificate after you have booked!
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We work with a range of trusted suppliers in Ecuador and Galapagos. All suppliers have been carefully chosen by us as being the best in the business and we personally know the teams involved in providing services to our guests. Browse the links below to find out more information on some of the yachts, hotels and lodges we work with in Galapagos and Ecuador.
Read more about Ecuador and Galapagos trips in our expert blog posts.