Galapagos Islands Cruises

If you want to enjoy a truly unique cruise experience then a trip to the Galápagos Islands is one that is sure to live long in the memory and provides a fascinating alternative to a regular cruise around the South American coast.

The archipelago of volcanic islands lie either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean, around 550 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands are a haven for wildlife – both on land and in the marine reserve that is found in the surrounding waters.

One of the last areas of the world that remains largely unspoiled by human hands, the Galápagos Islands are almost unrivalled when it comes to getting closer to nature thanks to the huge array of species that are endemic to the islands.

These species range from the world famous Galápagos tortoise to marine iguanas, and from penguins to mice – whilst in water you can expect to see everything from whales and dolphins to sea lions.

Should you find yourself on a cruise that visits the Galápagos Islands, you are likely to be joined by specialist guides who will be on hand to help answer any questions you might have about the wildlife – with cruise lines working hard to minimise the risk of any damage to the unique ecosystems that are in place.

As well viewing the wildlife, a trip to the Galápagos Islands provides plenty of opportunities to head off on a hiking trip through the stunningly beautiful island landscapes, or to go snorkeling in the clear waters that are teeming with marine life.

Head for San Cristóbal or Isla Santiago and you’ll be able to explore some of the most impressive beaches that the Galápagos Islands have to offer whilst you are also likely to find yourself on Santa Cruz – given it is the main administrative island.

Here, you can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station or spend some time exploring the streets of Puerto Ayora, which is the most populous town anywhere in the Galápagos Islands.

One thing for sure is that a trip to the islands is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

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