Surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean, these dramatically beautiful volcanic islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their complete isolation has bred many unique species, which are instinctively unafraid of man. You’ll be amazed at how closely you can position yourself to observe these creatures, which co-exist freely. It is an open zoo of blue-footed boobies, fur seals, penguins, sea lions and land and marine iguanas amongst others.
The Galápagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise and our Scenic visit to one of the reserves will reveal the longest-lived of all vertebrates, which average in age over 100 years.
Now listed as endangered and strictly protected by the Ecuadorian government, captive breeding efforts by the Charles Darwin Research Station are positive. Galápagos tortoises lead an uncomplicated life, grazing on grass, leaves, and cactus, basking in the sun.
Cruises to this unique archipelago is the best way to be immersed in the endemic flora and fauna. You will see different landscapes and have close encounters with a variety of wildlife from large colonies of sea lions to impressive cactus forests surrounded by land and marine iguanas, to Darwin’s finches, blue footed boobies and striking frigate birds.
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