Galapagos Islands

Volcanic island scenery and warm tropical seas teeming with unique wildlife species that were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Boasting a unique set of animal species, some found nowhere else on earth, the Galapagos Islands have become a natural laboratory for biological study and research. The region is also considered a pioneer in ecotourism and conservation – the preservation of wildlife and the delicate ecosystems it inhabits is a priority above all else for the local government. Tourist numbers and boat itineraries are strictly controlled, both protecting the integrity of the national park and also guaranteeing a truly memorable experience for the lucky few travellers that venture here.

The archipelago is made up of 19 islands of volcanic rock, isolated from the mainland by over 1000 km, where nature had remained untouched by human intervention for millions of years. Due to its location on the equator and at the confluence of three ocean currents it became the ideal setting for diverse vegetation and unusual animal species to thrive. Charles Darwin famously developed his theory of natural selection here observing the small variations between species on different islands. This is the only place on earth that you can find unique species such as the giant land tortoises and marine iguanas, and due to the lack of native predators, the animals are naturally relaxed in the presence of humans.

The main island of Santa Cruz is the economical hub of the islands and offers the best restaurants and infrastructure as well as luxury accommodation. It is also home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The other two inhabited islands, Isabela and San Cristóbal, offer a more rustic feel with dirt roads and wooden piers as well as unique attractions such as the volcanic treks on Isabela or the tortoise breeding farm on San Cristóbal.

97% of the Galapagos Islands is designated national park, so beyond these main hubs, visits to the other islands by cruise or day trips will provide a unique wildlife experience with each stop characterised by different landscapes and animals – such as the coloured marine iguanas on Bartolomé or the whale sharks off Darwin – whilst also providing plenty of time to relax on the beaches or swim and snorkel in the calm waters which are temperate year round.

What to do

  • Embark on a luxury cruise between the different islands to take in the highlights in a week or less
  • Explore the islands on a land-based adventure island hopping between Santa Cruz and Isabela by light aircraft
  • Get up close and personal with large colonies of birds, marine iguanas and sea lions that have little to no fear of humans
  • The world’s best advanced diving destination with great visibility and huge numbers of friendly and curious marine fauna such as hammerhead sharks and sea lions
  • Snorkel and swim with penguins and playful baby sealions
  • Take part in the age-old naval tradition of drinking a toast to Neptune as your ship crosses the equator line
  • Watch the mating dance of the hilarious blue-footed boobies
  • Walk with giants as you visit the Galapagos tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Hike to enjoy the postcard views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Island

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  • Embark on a luxury cruise between the different islands to take in the highlights in a week or less
  • Explore the islands on a land-based adventure island hopping between Santa Cruz and Isabela by light aircraft
  • Get up close and personal with large colonies of birds, marine iguanas and sea lions that have little to no fear of humans
  • The world’s best advanced diving destination with great visibility and huge numbers of friendly and curious marine fauna such as hammerhead sharks and sea lions
  • Snorkel and swim with penguins and playful baby sealions
  • Take part in the age-old naval tradition of drinking a toast to Neptune as your ship crosses the equator line
  • Watch the mating dance of the hilarious blue-footed boobies
  • Walk with giants as you visit the Galapagos tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Hike to enjoy the postcard views of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Island

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