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Galapagos Islands

Overview of the Galapagos

The amazing & extraordinary wildlife, combined with the fact that the animals have no fear of people, is primarily what has led to the Galapagos Islands being the world’s number one bucket list destination. It’s hard to believe it until you’ve experienced it first hand.

Charles Darwin is part of the attraction for many too.

The convergence of five major ocean currents at the Galapagos created some of the richest waters in the world for marine life. Along with the equatorial surface weather and extreme isolation of the islands (over 900 km off the Pacific coast of Ecuador), the ocean currents contribute to the islands’ ideal climate and unique ecology – both on land and below the water.

A visit to the Galapagos offers opportunities to get very close to some of the most fascinating animals in the world. It literally feels like starring in your very own nature documentary.

Let us share some of the most wonderful moments you might experience on one of our of itineraries in this magical place:

  • Looking deep into the eyes of a 120-year-old Giant Tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz;
  • Snorkeling in marine-rich waters among colourful fish, as a Galapagos Green Sea Turtle surfaces nearby;
  • Seeing a tiny three-week old Giant Tortoise fit in the palm of one of its caretaker’s hands, while visiting a successful breeding program;
  • Being surrounded by young Galapagos Sea Lions playfully swimming all around you;
  • Looking across the vast expanse of Sierra Negra, the second largest volcanic crater in the world;
  • Waiting for the moment when a female Blue-footed Boobie decides to pick up the stick (or not…) at the end of her suitor’s intricate mating dance.
  • Relaxing on beautiful white sand beaches with a Sea Lion suckling her baby right beside you.
  • Meeting Diego at the Charles Darwin Research Station, who has personally sired over 1,000 Española Island Giant Tortoises.
  • Encountering Darwin’s finches in their unique habitat – the basis for Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection.
  • And this list could go on and on… as do the magical experiences the whole time you are visiting the islands!

Quick Facts

Country
Ecuador
Visa Requirements
Visa not required for Canadian Citizens. Please inquire for all other nationalities.
Languages spoken
Spanish
Currency used
USD
Area (km2)
7,880 km2 - 21 islands, 18 major islands
Population
35,000 (on 4 islands)