Home to wildlife not found in any other part of the world, dramatic landscapes, sandy beaches and surrounded by the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are truly in a league of their own.
Whether you’re interested in the ecosystems, lush weather or sporting activities on offer across the islands, a holiday here is a guaranteed trip of a lifetime. Renowned for inspiring much of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, this archipelago that sandwiches the equator is an amazing destination... so join us as we explore the best of the Galapagos Islands!
Explore by sea
One of the best ways to ensure you see the highlights of the islands is by taking a cruise. What's more, we’re currently offering a range of deals on holidays to Latin America including savings of £1000 on luxury Galapagos Island yacht cruises!
Explore the islands on this six day cruise where you’ll be able to marvel at the mesmerising scenery from a luxury yacht, snorkel through the active waters and discover the brilliant wildlife on land. Also included is one night in the charming Ecuadorian city of Quito before you set sail, and one night in Guayaquil after your ocean adventure to relax before you fly back to the UK.
Of course, the main reason most people visit the islands is the incredible wildlife – abundant in all forms, from birdlife and land creatures to diverse and exciting marine life. Few places on earth offer up such a vast selection of beautiful and rare animals as the Galapagos Islands.
If it's reptiles you’re after then you should be on the lookout for the islands’ most famous inhabitant, the giant tortoise. Visit Isabella for a guaranteed glance at these strange and delightful creatures, as well as other reptiles including colourful iguanas and lava lizards.
Bird lovers won’t believe their eyes when they first visit these volcanic islands, home to a stunning array of winged creatures. Expect to see both blue and red footed boobies, flamingos, waved albatrosses, delightfully cheeky Galapagos penguins and the flightless cormorant, found exclusively on these islands.
Other animals worth seeking out when exploring are the Galapagos fur seal and sea lions. You can find them on most of the islands but the best place to see them is on the dark red beaches of Rabida Island where they gather en masse.
Beyond the wildlife
Beyond the captivating wildlife of the Galapagos Islands you’ll find the landscapes equally enchanting. Walk through the cactus forests on South Plaza Island for the best examples of the contrasting combination of dry land and coastal vegetation found throughout the islands.
Chinese Hat Island is where some of the best beaches can be found. Bachas Beach in particular is a great place to unwind, take in the breathtaking volcanic scenery and cool off in the crystal clear waters.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the archipelago and has the most varied vegetation zone of all the islands. It is also home to the Charles Darwin Research Station which is a must-visit for anybody who is interested in how Darwin’s theories developed on the islands, or just wants to see the baby giant tortoise nurseries!
Finally in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno you’ll find dive and surf clubs that cater to all levels of divers and surfers. A holiday to the islands really isn’t complete without a snorkelling trip as the active life underwater is equally as wonderful as life on the ground.
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