With 97% of the Galapagos Archipelago being National Park and half the terrestrial species and 1/5 of the marine species all being endemic to these islands it is not difficult to see why this is a wildlife lovers paradise! Made up of 13 major islands, 6 minor islands and 40 islets in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos has been attracting and wowing visitors from around the world for years. Most famous for the unique residents like the blue footed booby, the marine iguana (the only iguana in the world known to be able to live in the sea) and the flightless cormorant (flightless because it’s safe location and access to plenty of food has given it no practical need to fly!)
When visiting the Galapagos you'll be staying either on a cruise ship or in one of the islands' numerous eco lodges. Espanola is the most popular, the oldest and the southernmost islands of the islands. Home to a vast array of sea birds and a great place to witness the legendary mating dance of the blue footed boobies. Thanks to the islands high number of wide sandy beaches it tends to attract a healthy number of Galapagos sea lions. There is also a brightly coloured marine iguana who is not just endemic to the Galapagos but actually just to Espanola itself!
Santa Cruz island is home to the wonderful Charles Darwin Research Station, an HQ for scientific investigation and conservation. Here you can meet the giant tortoises and visit the impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. From this island it is possible to partake in many activities including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and scuba diving or for those in need of a more leisurely activity – a visit to a local organic coffee plantation.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Galapagos Islands, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South America