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Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands are famed throughout the world for their wildlife: the giant tortoises, nesting albatrosses, flirting frigate birds, comic boobies, wrinkly iguanas and frolicking sea-lions among so many species.   

1,000km off the South American coast, the archipelago was, and continues to be, formed from the peaks of gigantic submarine volcanoes which have never been part of the mainland. Over many millennia, animals and plants came to adapt to this special environment, and to develop differently from their continental ancestors. The fearlessness of this unthreatened wildlife lets us observe them right up close, a unique experience in the natural world. 

The experience of exploring the unique archipelago rarely disappoints: they really are Enchanted Isles. The local population live in the two main towns, Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal. There are two airports: most visitors fly in from the mainland and board one of a large choice of vessels to cruise around the islands, but it is also possible to enjoy a hotel-based visit with adventure activities thrown in.

Our insider tips for Galapagos Islands


Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre close to Puerto Ayora. There is an information national park centre but more captivating are the giant tortoise breeding houses: view the babies before they are released back into the wild.


Swimming with sea-lions on the white sand beach at Gardner Bay, Española Island, you may spot a white-tipped reef shark.

Ben Line

Sailing between the sheer rock walls of Kicker Rock off San Cristóbal Island, observing the seabirds wheeling above.

Mary Anne
Getting within touching distance (don’t  touch) of the colony of huge waved albatrosses on Española (Mar-Dec), the only island where they can be found.
Snorkelling off Genovesa (Tower) Island, with the possibility of swimming with hammerhead sharks, within full view of a colony of red footed boobies.
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