Taking a Galapagos cruise is taking a step back into history. This archipelago of volcanic islands is located in the Pacific Ocean near the equator and was Charles Darwin's living laboratory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands and the surrounding area are a dedicated marine preserve second in size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The original name "Insulae de los Galopegos" translates into "Islands of the Tortoises", named after the islands' giant tortoises.
Isolation from the world's continents for millions of years has led to a unique eco-system and abundant and rare varieties of wildlife. Some of the species found in the Galapagos include giant tortoises, prehistoric land and marine iguanas, sea lions, whales, manta rays, dolphins, small reef sharks, sea cucumbers and other beautiful and exotic wildlife species. The Galapagos Islands are a birder's paradise and cruise guests can observe flightless cormorant, a variety of mockingbirds, pink flamingos, hawks, waved albatross, the great frigatebird, blue and red footed-boobys, Galapagos penguins and tanagers (Darwin's finches). Most of the species found on the Galapagos are found no where else on earth.
Approximately 40 Galapagos cruise itineraries are offered ranging from 3 to 16 days. Most of the cruises use smaller, expedition style vessels with experienced naturalists on board providing a unique and personal cruise experience that cannot be found anywhere else. Call now or book online to receive exclusive rates and special offers on your next Galapagos cruise.
for millions of years these enchanted islands
teem with exotic varieties of sea life,
reptiles, animals and land and marine fauna.
Some of the species include giant tortoises,
sea lions, whales, sea urchins, sting rays
and manta rays, marine iguanas and other
species, many of which are endangered.
Darwin Research center The Charles
Darwin Research center is a biological
research station that was created under
the auspices of Unesco. Visitors to the
center can learn about the efforts to protect
and restore the areas ecosystems including
visiting the Giant tortoise corrals, home
to Lonesome George, the rarest animal in
the world today. Lonesome George is the
last of the Pinta Island tortoise. With
none of his species left to mate with when
he dies the species will become extinct.
and Snorkeling The abundance
of marine life in the Galapagos makes snorkeling
and Scuba diving an amazing adventure.
Over 2,000 species of fish and marine life
provide one of the most incredible and
rewarding places to snorkel or dive. Their
vibrant colors are rich and varied and
the underwater kingdom found on a Galapagos
cruise is simply incredible.
Paradise A Galapagos
cruise showcases a number of rare and unique
species of birds that can only be found
in this area. Flightless cormorant, mockingbirds,
pink flamingos, hawks, and albatross are
just a few of the many species that can
be found here.