Wildlife Holidays in the Galapagos
Its geological and evolutionary history, landscapes and extraordinary wildlife
make this strangely beautiful volcanic archipelago unlike anywhere else on the
planet. These 'Enchanted Isles', where Charles Darwin developed his
ground-breaking theory of evolution, are home to prehistoric-looking Land and
Marine Iguanas and Giant Tortoises, as well as a host of endemic birds and other
wildlife. Naturetrek's comprehensive Galapagos cruise itineraries offer the keen
naturalist a wonderful adventure aboard either a two-masted Topsail Schooner
(Cachalote) or a First Class motor boat (Beluga) to explore this unique
environment under the guidance of our expert naturalist guide.
Our Specialist recommends
'If you have the time and budget, a 14 night/15 day Galapagos cruise is the way
to go for any keen naturalist/photographer. 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. Our cruises make for a
truly unique experience. Expect to be enthralled by the approachable wildlife,
varied walks around the islands and the 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.'
Why Choose Naturetrek?
We offer the most comprehensive Galapagos cruise
itineraries available, visiting a range of wildlife-rich sites for an up-close
and personal encounter with the diverse fauna of this astonishing archipelago.
Travelling in a comfortable two-masted Topsail Schooner or motor boat, we
provide a unique experience with the opportunity for daily landings in
wildlife-rich landing sites created by the Galapagos National Park authority. We
visit all the larger islands as well as numerous smaller ones, spending relaxed,
quality time at each location to enjoy the unique natural features and resident
fauna, allowing ample opportunities for photography and snorkelling. In between
landings there's plenty of time to relax and keep an eye out for the many marine
creatures that keep our vessel company, including countless seabirds, dolphins
and even the occasional passing whale or pods of Orcas. Our local naturalist
guides provide outstanding leadership and a wealth of knowledge on the natural
history and wildlife of the islands, and the highly trained crew offer
exceptional service. With the freedom and independence to travel at our own
pace, we explore the full magnificence of this unique environment. Galapagos
Cruise Highlights Naturetrek's inspirational itineraries include:
- The most comprehensive cruise itineraries available
- Expert local naturalist guides with extensive natural history knowledge
- Choose from a comfortable two-masted Topsail Schooner or a First Class motor
- Daily landings at wildlife-rich sites to encounter endemic wildlife · Plenty
of time to enjoy photography
- Sightings of countless seabirds and other marine life on voyages between
- Opportunities to snorkel and encounter myriad fish and Galapagos Sea Lions
- Island highlights include Fernandina, Genovesa and Espanola
- Sightings of Waved Albatross during June - December
- Add an Amazon Rainforest extension at wonderful Sacha Lodge
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Galapagos HOLIDAYS
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.
A wonderful trip, Darwin was a brilliant guide, he was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, courteous and good humoured. The cruise of the islands on the Cachalote, was an unforgettable experience, the cook produced a wonderful variety of delicious meals from his little galley. The rainforest experience at Sacha Lodge was also tremendous.
We thoroughly enjoyed the unique wildlife and dramatic scenery of the Galápagos Islands.
The tour leader was exceptionally knowledgeable and went to great lengths to ensure we saw as much as possible. Compared to other tour groups our walks were longer and more specific.
The Cachalote is a great way of seeing the Galapagos.