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M/Y San Jose – Galapagos Islands

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Highlights

  • Travel through the Galapagos Islands on one of the most luxurious of small 16-passenger boats.
  • Spot sea lions sharing the beach with marine iguanas, explore archaic volcanic tunnels, and, like Darwin before you, cross paths with giant tortoises.
  • Snorkel, scuba, or kayak in these pristine waters teaming with underwater life.
  • Guided hikes on uneven foot trails and paths help you see the islands’ animals and landscape of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Visit a turtle breeding farm.
  • Explore both land and marine fauna in the Galapagos archipelago
  • Galapagos Islands is an inimitable adventure.

The Galapagos Islands, unique at every turn

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The Galapagos Islands, unique at every turn

Remote archipelago offers exceptional nature observation.

By Eva Stelzer

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most incredible wildlife-watching destinations in the world. Besides the sheer spectacle of the place, this remote archipelago is a land of cactus forests, stark lava formations, lush green highlands, turquoise bays and quintessential tropical beaches, and unique and abundant wildlife at every turn. As a bonus, the location of this archipelago at the earth’s equator makes it a perfect year-round travel destination.

The weather is relatively constant for 12 months of the year and there is always – as one would expect – 12 hours of daytime and 12 hours of nighttime. One of my favourite parts of travelling to the Galapagos Islands is clear illuminated night skies unobstructed by the hue of man made lights.

Darwin himself marvelled at the amazing animals found on the Galapagos Islands. Large and small, the islands are filled with unique species that delight the eye and capture the imagination. With that in mind, here are our 5 must-see Galapagos animals.

5 Must-see Galapagos Animals

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Darwin himself marvelled at the amazing animals found on the Galapagos Islands. Large and small, the islands are filled with unique species that delight the eye and capture the imagination. With that in mind, here are our 5 must-see Galapagos animals.

Blue-footed booby – A beautiful bird with a funny name, the blue-footed boobies are most easily spotted by the signature blue flippers. While the Galapagos Islands aren’t the birds’ exclusive home, it is the breeding ground for about half of the species’ population. Their courtship rituals are a highlight for anyone who sees them. With bowing, wing-spreading and some more clownish behavior, it’s a sight to behold.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands 8 days

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Highlights

  • Discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands
  • Cross the Equator line
  • Hike through the Andean countryside and visit the condor restoration project
  • Visit Otavalo, an indigenous market and UNESCO world heritage site
  • Visit the leather town of Cotacahi
  • Watch local weavers as they demonstrate artistic weaving techniques used for centuries
  • Enjoy deluxe historic accommodations and traditional local food.

Galapagos Treasures of Galapagos Boat Tour

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Highlights

  • Discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands
  • Cross the Equator line on this Galapagos boat tour
  • Hike through the Andean countryside
  • Visit Otavalo, an indigenous market and UNESCO world heritage site
  • Visit the leather town of Cotacahi and watch master weavers demonstrate techniques that have been used for centuries to produce colorful cloths.
  • Swim with seals, come face-to face with blue-footed boobies, and other animals that led Darwin to his theory of the evolution.
  • In the Andes mountains, enjoy historic accommodations and traditional local food.