The Galapagos holidays
The Galapagos Islands lie more than 1,000km from mainland Ecuador but have a reputation and place in the history of science and evolution that far exceeds their small size. Rugged and often rough, there's little vegetation or cover as the majority of islands here are the remains of shield volcanoes, created by intense seismic activity.
What there are though are copious quantities of wildlife, which still behaves as if people weren't a threat. Species include land iguana, giant tortoises, fur seals, sea lions and a lot of birds including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and Galapagos penguins, as well as the many types of finch that so inspired Darwin.
Visitors tend to take an adventure cruise to explore the islands and their inhabitants, taking in a variety of habitats and discovering the diversity of life on display by combining the Southern Espanola and Floreana, Central and Western Fernandina, Isabella and northern Genovesa Islands; most boats will visit two or three islands over the course of several days.
Alternatively kayak or scuba dive to get closer to the wildlife. It's also possible to hike in a couple of areas such as the Wall of Tears on Isabella and Cerro Tijeras on Santo Cruz.
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Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.
Top itineraries in The Galapagos
Ecuador is renowned for its wildlife, with two of the world's most important and best-known ecosystems falling within its borders - the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.
Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.
Take in the unique history of Peru's archaeological treasures before flying out across the Pacific for a four-night cruise exploring the wildlife-rich islands of Ecuador's Galápagos.
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Launched by Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s travel company that pioneered small expeditions to the Galapagos Islands in the 1960s, the Santa Cruz II takes the baton from its predecessor, the MV Santa Cruz.
The only ‘mega-catamaran’ built exclusively for cruising the Galapagos, guests onboard Ocean Spray will enjoy the likes of spacious cabins each boasting private balcony for unbeatable views across the awe-inspiring islands.
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