Discover The Galapagos Islands
Ecuador & Galapagos Tours
Encounter the unique wildlife from giant tortoise to marine iguana during a cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Lying over 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, this volcanic archipelago is reached by flying from the city of Guayaquil. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin during a cruise aboard the exploration ship Galapagos Legend.
Nature walks will bring you face-to-face with sea lion, blue-footed booby and the only penguin indigenous to the northern hemisphere. Embark on a trek to Darwin’s salt-water lake, swim above sunken volcanic craters and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters among inquisitive sea lion and turtle.
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Arrive in Guayaquil and explore Ecuador’s largest city
Short flight to the Galapagos Islands and start your four day cruise
Discover the myriad of wildlife on Isabela Island
Hike the youngest of the islands, Fernandina Island. The home to La Cumbre Volcano
Visit the Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island
Toast your expedition to this iconic part of the world during your flight home
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Today, you’ll be exploring the landmarks of Guayaquil with your expert guide. Your city tour will take you to Seminario Park, better known as Las Iguanas Park, due to the large population of iguana that roam free. Enjoy the artisan scene of sculptures and street art as you make your way to South Market in Malecón 2000. Explore the old neighbourhood of Las Peñas or climb to the top of the lighthouse on Santa Ana Hill. Finish your day among roses at the flower market.
After a short flight to the Galapagos Islands you’ll be taken to your boutique expedition ship for your four-day cruise. Start your adventure around this volcanic archipelago, which inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, at the tiny islet of Mosquera where you can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Keep your eyes open for sea lion, turtle, dolphin and orca.
Arrive at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island and discover a myriad of wildlife which lives among the skeletal coral garden. Located on the south-east side of Alcedo volcano, the area was thrust upward from the sea by volcanic activity in 1954, and is home to giant tortoise and marine iguana. Head north to Tagus Cove for an uphill trail to Darwin’s salt-water Crater Lake to enjoy the volcanic views. Spot the Galapagos penguin during a dinghy ride along the coast.
Today, you’re heading to the Tortoise Reserve of Santa Cruz to observe these gentle giant, which can weigh up to 300kg, in their natural habitat. Watch as they lumber around eating and wallowing in the small pools. During your day spotting wildlife look out for highland birds such as cattle egret, Galapagos rail, finch and vermilion flycatcher. After weighing anchor and saying a final goodbye to this unique ecosystem you’ll be flying back to Guayaquil.
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Discover the Galapagos Islands
Encounter the unique wildlife from giant tortoise to marine iguana during a cruise around the Galápagos Islands. Lying over 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, this volcanic archipelago is reached by flying from the city of Guayaquil. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin during a cruise aboard our comfortable exploration ship Galápagos Legend and enjoy the nature walks available.
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