There is one experience that is considered by many to be a once in a lifetime vacation, and that is a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Made famous by Charles Darwin as the inspiration for his Origin of the Species, the islands are still remarkably untouched and contain some of the most rare animals in the world, including the famous giant tortoises, sea turtles and iguanas. The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles (1000km) west of Ecuador in South America. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. These Islands that are visited on our Galapagos cruises are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.
- Cruises have unique access to remote visitor sites on uninhabited islands with special wildlife viewing opportunities, such as Fernandina in the far west.
- Cruises are also best for time budgeting.
- Ships will be navigating at night, meaning fewer daylight hours are spent in transit.