The Galápagos - cruising in Darwin's footsteps
A true wildlife holiday of a life time, exploring the Enchanted Islands of the Galápagos.
When Charles Darwin first arrived in the Galápagos on board The Beagle in 1835, he described ‘a broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown in the most rugged waves and crossed by great fissures… nothing could be less inviting than the first appearance.’ On this holiday, we will show you that appearances can be deceptive, as we explore the wonderful natural history of the ‘enchanted isles’, the world famous islands of the Galápagos. Unlike most trips, we also have extra time on the main island giving us a different insight into the life here, plus time to explore the highlands and experience the friendly town at a relaxed pace. We also have excursions in mainland Ecuador to explore the diversity here – an added bonus.
The centrepiece of our trip is a week long cruise on a catamaran motor yacht of a very high standard taking only 16 passengers. Our itinerary extends from the inhabited highlands of Santa Cruz to the untouched wilderness and Flightless Cormorants of Fernandina, and the wonderful seabird colonies of North Seymour. The opportunities to enjoy the wildlife from the boat and on walks on the islands are truly magical. Specialities of the Galápagos include comical Blue-footed Boobies, Marine and Land Iguanas and Galápagos Penguins as well, of course, as Darwin’s famous finches and the giant tortoises.
Snorkelling to discover the amazingly rich marine life in these waters is optional (cost included) but promises close encounters with turtles, sea lions and (friendly) sharks. After our fantastic time on the boat, we enjoy a two night stay in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. With their incredible wildlife, who could fail but be enchanted by Las Islas Encantadas?
Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.