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Wildlife holidays in the Galapagos Islands with Naturetrek
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Galapagos Islands

Wildlife holidays in the Galapagos Islands

Our Galapagos Islands specialist recommends...

‘If you have the time and budget then a 14 night/15 cruise is the way to go for any keen naturalist/photographer, especially since the Galapagos National Park streamlined and improved the boat itineraries, minimising criss-crossing and wasted time. There’s never been a better time to visit. A Galapagos cruise really is a unique experience – expect to be enthralled by the approachable wildlife, varied walks and islands and high quality snorkelling in clear (if slightly chilly!) seas. Add the Amazon extension to Sacha Lodge for a completely different dimension to your holiday in Ecuador.’

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Marine Iguanas (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jane Hodgson)Returning to the Cachalote (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jennifer Nisbet)Magnificent Frigatebird (John Willsher)Nasca Booby Chick (Jennifer Nisbet)Larva Heron (John Willsher)Sally Lightfoot Crab (John Willsher)Sally Lightfoot CrabPinnacle Rock and Santiago (Geoff Carr)Land Iguana (John Willsher)Marine Iguana (Jane Hodgson)Magnificent Frigatebird (Jane Hodgson)Marine Iguanas (John Willsher)Galapagos Hawk (S. W. Birch)Short-eared Owl (John Willsher)

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Galapagos Islands HOLIDAYS

I. & E.C.
Staffordshire
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

The team on board the Cachalote was exceptional. The food was magnificent throughout. Xavier, our tour leader was highly knowledgeable, cheerful and able to resolve minor problems without most people realising that they existed! He was always on hand with help and encouragement. Our National Park guide, Juan, was the star of the show...his evening briefings became eagerly awaited performances. His knowledge of plants and volcanic formations was encyclopaedic and his love of the islands and his respect for the wildlife was obvious. The expeditions to the various island sites were pitched at the right level for us and most of the group. The visit to the Santa Cruz highlands was one of the highlights, and the varying wildlife and landscapes of the islands provided an amazing experience which we will always remember. Both of us enjoyed the day in the Antisana region, and the Sacha extension provided another magical experience. The lodge was superb and the guides again excelled.
My recent trip to The Galapgaos/Sacha Lodge was everything I expected it to be - and more. Two nights in Quito included a comprehensive tour of that fascinating city. Our group(just 16 people)was met at Baltra by our guide, Darwin Alvarez, and our tour of the islands started immediately with a trip to see giant tortoises, followed by a lovely lunch, before boarding the Cachalote, our floating 'home' for the next two weeks. Darwin was just superb and his enthusiasm was infectious; his knowledge added even more to the experience of visiting so many of these very special islands. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew of the Cachalote either, with the captain willingly changing course if something interesting was spotted in the water. The chef catered for all/any special dietary requirements, even making me a glorious chocolate and nut cake for my birthday which occurred halfway through the cruise of the islands, and Richard's cocktails, to celebrate crossing the Equator, were something else! Sacha Lodge was a totally different experience but equally as outstanding. The long and varied journey to even reach it was an adventure in itself and again, nothing was too much trouble for either the staff or the guides who took us out two or three times a day, either on foot or by canoe, to experience this truly magical part of the world. Truly a holiday of a lifetime.
The tour content was a very nice balance. As a general nature photographer I felt that this tour gave everyone’s interests a chance, and didn’t focus only on birds. Darwin on the Cachalote and Fausto (assisted by Wilson) at Sacha were brilliant and really went the extra mile to make sure everyone was happy.