The far-flung Galapagos Islands, officially ‘Archipelago de Colon’, are like nowhere else on earth. Known for its weird and wonderful wildlife, this is a unique world where giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins and albatross coexist.
Lying some 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, the isolated Galapagos Islands were (officially) discovered by chance back in 1535 by the Spanish Bishop of Panama – Tomas de Berlanga. En route to Peru, Berlanga’s ship was blown off course and he stumbled upon the volcanic islands we now know as the Galapagos.
Visit on a custom-made trip and see for yourself the endemic species that inspired Darwin’s ground-breaking Theory of Evolution. Darwin wrote about the tameness of the wildlife in 1835, and almost 200 years on the animals that inhabit the islands are just as unfazed by the presence of humans.
You can meet comical penguins, flamingos, blue-footed boobies and iguanas on land, and snorkel amongst sea lions, reef sharks and tropical fish in the immaculate waters. Visit the Charles Darwin’s Research Center on Santa Cruz to walk amongst the resident giant tortoises that give these UNESCO-protected islands their name.
The scenery will also impress – picture lunar-like hillsides, untouched cloud forest, red-sand beaches and tropical jungle. Whether you’re exploring the islands on a luxury cruise vessel or staying on land, a trip to the Galapagos promises to be an extraordinary experience you will be talking about for years to come.
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