Wildlife Holidays in the Galapagos
Its geological and evolutionary history, landscapes and extraordinary wildlife
make this beautiful volcanic archipelago unlike anywhere else on the
planet. These 'Enchanted Isles', where Charles Darwin developed his
ground-breaking theory of evolution, are home to prehistoric-looking Land and
Marine Iguanas and Giant Tortoises, as well as a host of endemic birds and other
wildlife. Naturetrek's comprehensive Galapagos cruise itineraries offer the keen
naturalist a wonderful adventure aboard either a two-masted Topsail Schooner
(Cachalote) or a First Class motor boat (Beluga) to explore this unique
environment under the guidance of our expert naturalist guide.
Our Specialist recommends
'If you have the time and budget, a 14 night/15 day Galapagos cruise is the way
to go for any keen naturalist/photographer. Since the Galapagos National Park
streamlined and improved boat itineraries, minimising criss-crossing and
wasted time, there's tours have been greatly improved. Our cruises make for a
truly unique experience. Expect to be enthralled by the approachable wildlife,
varied walks around the islands and the high quality snorkelling in clear (if
slightly chilly!) seas. Add the Amazon extension to Sacha Lodge for a completely
different dimension to your holiday in Ecuador.'
Why Choose Naturetrek?
We offer the most comprehensive Galapagos cruise
itineraries available, visiting a range of wildlife-rich sites for up-close
and personal encounters with the diverse fauna of this astonishing archipelago.
Travelling in a comfortable two-masted Topsail Schooner or motor boat, we
provide a unique experience with the opportunity for daily landings in
wildlife-rich sites created by the Galapagos National Park authority. We
visit all the larger islands as well as numerous smaller ones, spending relaxed,
quality time at each location to enjoy the unique natural features and resident
fauna, allowing ample opportunities for photography and snorkelling. In between
landings there's plenty of time to relax and keep an eye out for the many marine
creatures that keep our vessel company, including countless seabirds, dolphins
and even the occasional passing whale or pod of Orcas. Our local naturalist
guides provide outstanding leadership and a wealth of knowledge on the natural
history and wildlife of the islands, and the highly trained crew offer provides
exceptional service. With the freedom and independence to travel at our own
pace, we explore the full magnificence of this unique environment.
Cruise Highlights Naturetrek's inspirational itineraries include:
- The most comprehensive cruise itineraries available
- Expert local naturalist guides with extensive natural history knowledge
- Choose from a comfortable two-masted Topsail Schooner or a First Class motor
- Daily landings at wildlife-rich sites to encounter endemic wildlife · Plenty
of time to enjoy photography
- Sightings of countless seabirds and other marine life on voyages between
- Opportunities to snorkel and encounter myriad fish and Galapagos Sea Lions
- Island highlights include Fernandina, Genovesa and Espanola
- Sightings of Waved Albatross during June - December
- Add an Amazon Rainforest extension at wonderful Sacha Lodge
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Galapagos HOLIDAYS
Another wonderful Naturetrek holiday - thank you. Also a very nice group of people, many of whom we hope to stay in contact with. The highlight of the holiday was every aspect of the Galapagos; the wildlife, the snorkelling (with penguins, sea lions and a shoal of approximately 100 yellow cownose rays), the island trips and the lovely yacht Cachelote with superb service and food. We also loved the trip to Antisana and Sacha Lodge.
Our local guide Darwin Alvarez was excellent.
A small boat meant we visited the sites the bigger boats were not allowed to visit so fewer people to share our time on each island; at several, we were the only boat at anchor.
We thought the trip was fantastic - thoroughly enjoyed it!