Galápagos tailor-made holidays & cruises
The Galápagos 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 makes these islands so special is the sheer quantity and diversity of wildlife, which still behaves as if people weren't a threat. Species to watch out for include Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, fur seals, sea lions and a lot of birds including frigatebirds, Galápagos penguins and the delightfully named blue-footed boobies, as well as the many types of finch that so inspired Darwin.
Luxury Galápagos cruises
Boutique expedition cruise ships are the most explore the islands, and meet their inhabitants. These sailings offer the chance to visit a wide selection of islands, taking in a huge variety of habitats and discovering the diversity of life on display. They also offer a degree of flexibility, which in turn lends itself to the best wildlife encounters. A single cruise itinerary might combine the southern islands of Espanola and Floreana, central and western Fernandina and Isabella, and the northern Genovesa Islands, with most ships visiting two or maybe three islands over the course of several days.
If cruising isn't for you, there's also the option to stay in lodges, hopping between islands to go snorkelling and diving and explore by kayak or on foot to get up close to the wildlife. Indeed, some of the hiking trails are truly stunning, such as the route to the Wall of Tears historic site on Isabella and Cerro Tijeras on Santa Cruz. And, lodges offer all the comforts you'd expect, from gourmet dining to swimming pools and spa treatments.
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Exclusive tailor-made fly, rail and cruise holiday
Book by: 31 December 2019
Combining two unique experiences – a mountain rail journey through the Andes and an island-hopping, luxury cruise through the Galápagos – this is your chance to see the natural wonders of Ecuador in style. Spot marine iguanas on snorkel trips before returning to all-inclusive fine dining.
Top itineraries in The Galápagos
This adventure-packed holiday takes in two of Ecuador's wildlife hotspots - the Amazon Rainforest and the islands of the Galápagos. Take it all expert-led tours and a pair of luxury cruises.
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.
Top places to stay in The Galápagos
La Pinta offers access to the Galapagos in style, and daily excursions from kayaking, glass-bottom boats to island tours.
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.
Based on the south of Santa Cruz island, this eco-friendly hotel is provides private, spacious terraces with fabulous views of the bay. Activities include kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, guided walks and sea excursions on board the hotel's own yacht.
The Galápagos articles
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Galapagos specialist Janet Welsh recently visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador's capital, Quito. Read her review of both for some honest insight into the accommodation, facilities and overall experience, as well as her advice for anybody thinking about going to visit.
Tess Richmond, a Wexas Latin America and Cruise specialist, reports on her recent trip to The Galapagos Islands aboard MV Eclipse.
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