Home to a rich variety of marine and land creatures - some of
them found nowhere else in the world - the Galapagos Islands were
the inspiration for Charles Darwin's groundbreaking 'On the Origin
of Species', in which he articulated his theory of evolution.
Six hundred miles from the Ecuadorian mainland in the Pacific
Ocean, these islands need little introduction - a group of
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 to the 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, penguins, 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, 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 sealions and penguins.
While the vast majority of visitors to the Galapagos spend their
time aboard a cruise on one of the excellent boats available, there
is also the possibility to stay in a very comfortable hotel on the
main island of Santa Cruz.