There is no place on Earth quite like the Galapagos Islands. Lying some 600 miles off of the west coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife. Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen up close in the wild.
The Islands were claimed by Ecuador in 1832, just 3 years before Charles Darwin visited on the Beagle. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the islands were inhabited by very few settlers and used as a penal colony which closed in 1959 when the islands were made a national park. In 1978 they were listed as a World Heritage Site. The island group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets.
Seeing the sites and wildlife of the Galapagos is best done from the water with Cruises being the only option to see the majority of the remote islands. All Galapagos Cruises have fixed itineraries that is set by the National Park in order to control the number of tourists arriving at each island.
One of the best cruises available is on the Celebrity Expedition. This all-inclusive cruise includes:
- All Beverages, including bottled water, beer, wine spirits, coffee, tea and specialty coffee drinks
- All shore excursions
- Pre and post hotels on 10 night and greater packages
- Air to/from Quito and Baltra
- Park entrance fees and Galapagos tourist cards
- All meals, including room service
- Snorkeling equipment, including masks, fins, snorkels, wet-suits
- On board briefings and lectures
We have clients of ours going this year, and think you might enjoy going some time as well. Be sure to bring a camera!