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 holiday to the Galapagos Islands 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,
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 on luxury holidays to the Galapagos
Islands, 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.