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Snorkeling with Penguins, White Sand Beaches & Bird Island on the Galapagos Islands

Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez - Sally Lightfoot crabs by Rod Long on Unsplash

Sally Lightfoot crabs. Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Fernando Diez of Quasar Expeditions about the Galapagos Islands. Fernando’s tips for the best things to do in the Galapagos Islands are awesome because his family has been guiding visitors around the Galapagos Islands for 37 years. They specialize in unforgettable, immersive experiences at each of the destinations they serve.

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Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez - Angermeyer Point

Angermeyer Point.

Galapagos Islands

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Ecuador Travel (the Official Site of International Promotion of the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador), the UNESCO World Heritage website, and the Galapagos Conservancy. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez - Visitors taking photos of sea lions

Visitors taking photos of sea lions.

Getting around the Galapagos Islands

To get to the Galapagos Island Fernando says to fly into either Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport (UIO) or José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). After flying into one of those airports you can then take a domestic flight to connect to the Galapagos Islands. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Fernando says that there is no reason to rent a car when visiting the islands. The best way to see the islands is to take a multi-day cruise, so you don’t have to worry about hotels or transportation.

Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez - Crater volcano

Crater volcano.

Places we talked about on the Galapagos Islands podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Fernando Diez about the Galapagos Islands. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in the Galapagos Islands
  • Green dots = best things to do in the Galapagos Islands
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in the Galapagos Islands

Who is Fernando Diez?

Fernando is the son (2nd of 3 boys) of the founders of Quasar Expeditions, as well as the Director of Marketing for the company. He spent a lot of his childhood in the Galapagos and knew, from a very young age, that he wanted to work in the family business and stay connected with the Islands.

After graduating from high school in Ecuador, he went to college in the United States. He came back to Galapagos right after graduating. He lived in Ecuador for 7 years before moving down to Chile to start the company’s Patagonia programs.

Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez

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You can connect with Fernando on his website and social media on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Check out these exclusive offers for Galapagos luxury cruises to save money on your Galapagos Islands adventure.

We Travel There - Galapagos Islands - Fernando Diez - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Fernando’s tips for the Galapagos Islands.

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Best things to do on the Galapagos Islands Ecuador - Fernando Diez - Pez brujo

Pez brujo.

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