Six hundred miles from the Ecuadorian mainland in the Pacific
Ocean lie the Galapagos, which need little introduction - a group
of eighteen volcanic, harsh and isolated islands where species have
evolved independently from the rest of the planet. Marine iguanas
and giant galapago, or tortoises, capture the limelight but there
are many other animals, birds and flora unique to the islands.
Nearly a quarter of all species found here are endemic and due
to their historic isolation have no instinctive fear of man. As a
result, travellers on Galapagos holidays come into close contact
with an impressive array of animal life including fur seals, marine
iguanas, blue and red footed boobies, flightless cormorants, manta
rays, penguins, turtles, and giant tortoises.
Whenever on land, you are - by law - accompanied by a
multilingual and highly-trained guide who should be a fountain of
knowledge on all things related to not only the ecology of the
Galapagos but the islands' history and culture as well.
Ask a supremely knowledgeable Original Travel Latin America team
member for more information, because while all expeditions to the
islands are conducted by boat, with landfalls made under the strict
supervision of professional guides, from personal experience there
are operators we would particularly recommend. Pick the right boat
and this should be a fascinating experience that will see you get
close up to some amazing wildlife and possibly even snorkelling or
diving with sea lions and penguins.
While the vast majority of holidayers visiting the Galapagos
spend their time aboard a luxury cruise on one of the excellent
boats available, there is also the possibility to stay in a very
comfortable hotel on the main island of Santa Cruz. Whilst on the
main island don't miss out on a visit the Darwin Research Centre at
Puerto Ayora, to see if Lonesome George the hundred-plus year old
tortoise has indeed become a father...