Wildlife holidays in the Galapagos Islands
Tell me about The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, 972 km west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. Discovered in 1535, when the vessel carrying the fourth Bishop of Panama, Tomas Berlanga, from central American to Peru blew off course, the islands today have a population of around 23,000.
Documented by Charles Darwin during the second Voyage of the Beagle in September 1835, the endemic and fearless wildlife of the Galapagos Islands today provides a unique and captivating experience for visiting naturalists, eco-tourists and photographers.
Our Galapagos Islands specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands’ holiday incorporates a 2-week cruise around the ‘Enchanted Isles’ in search of the unique wildlife of this magical archipelago. You could also add a 4-day extension to the Amazon Jungle."
NATURETREK TOURS TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Naturetrek charters its own vessel, the 16-berth sailing schooner Cachalote, for two weeks duration several times a year. This length of cruise allows us to visit many more of the visitor sites than is possible during a standard one-week cruise. Air-conditioned throughout, with an exceptional crew and guide, Cachalote is an ideal base as we make an in-depth exploration of the Galapagos Islands, from the Darwin story, to volcanology and geology, swimming, snorkelling, wildlife photography, birding and botanising.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Galapagos Islands HOLIDAYS
The advice/information from all guides was excellent. Marcel at Sacha Lodge (helped by Juan, the native guide) really made that part of the trip something very special.
William Perez was one of the best guides we have ever been with and a pleasure to be in his company.
I loved the tour and will recommend it to everybody I meet who wants to visit Galapagos. The Cachalote was a perfect tour boat and the crew and all Enchanted Expeditions staff were extremely service-minded - I'm really impressed with the logistics and the organisation of the trip, from the meals on the boat, the pickups at the airport, transfers etc.