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
Darwin was one of the best guides I have come across - very good with all the group and an enormous breadth of knowledge.
The highlight for me was Genovesa Island. The birdlife there was outstanding. I would strongly recommend that this is included in future tours, if possible. Very knowledgeable guides in all three places - Quito, Galapagos and Sacha.
Darwin Alvarez was an excellent guide on the Galapagos, not just sharing his knowledge - which makes a huge difference to our appreciation of what we saw - but for his all round proffesionalism and commitment. We particularly appreciated his leadership and support in the snorkelling sessions, which comprised a major highlight.
The guiding at Sacha Lodge was also very good too. This extension certainly added a whole new dimension to the overall experience and we would recommend anyone to take the option.