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There is a reason why the Galapagos Islands are on most savvy travelers’ “bucket-lists.”
Located just 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Nothing can prepare you for a visit to this exotic masterpiece of Mother Nature. The Galapagos archipelago is made up of thirteen main islands, six smaller islands and more than 100 islets and tiny rock formations sticking their heads above the sea just far enough to support the tenacious lives that cling to them.
The Galapagos are every bit as miraculous and magical as people have been saying ever since explorers and pirates first landed on those volcanic shores 500 years ago. These “enchanted islands” feel supremely ancient, visiting is like stepping on a newly born Earth. Rippling waves of long-cooled lava meet the sea, where spectacularly camouflaged Iguanas sneeze seawater after a dip beneath the waves, with small salty geysers spouting in front of their eyes. Enormous land tortoises roam the islands like primitive sculptures moving to their own primeval rhythms.
Nature’s incredible generosity has provided a distinct giant tortoise species for each and every volcano! Coral-colored flamingos hover overhead, while flightless cormorants dance their ancient tangos, and blue-footed boobies stare undaunted as fascinated visitors step gingerly around their nests.
Lucky explorers can splash in the waves of the Galapagos Islands and revel at the chance to play tag with precocious sea lions or snorkel through air-sculpted lava tunnels with sea turtles and penguins – far, far away from either of the Earth’s frozen poles. This is an other-worldly sort of place, quite literally bursting with life and waiting to be explored...
But if you think that enjoying such wild pleasures requires sacrificing all comforts – think again! The Galapagos play host to a wide variety of seagoing vessels to suit every taste and pocketbook: from luxury motor yachts, to catamarans and sailing ships, all giving you an inkling of what it must have been like when Charles Darwin and his colleagues sailed these very same waters in years gone by.
For any “landlubbers” in the crowd, or those who just like to kick back and relax, the Galapagos Islands are dotted with little pockets of civilization – some with selections of very comfortable hotels and lodges as well as bars, restaurants and some charming boutiques. Island-hopping can be great on its own or as an extension to your cruise.
At Surtrek, we’ve had an intimate relationship with the Galapagos for years, therefore we can guarantee that your island experience meets your expectations and hopefully exceeds them. We’re committed to exceptional, detail-orientated service. So, fill us in on what you want, what you need, your budget and what your interests are. Then just relax and leave the rest to us...
Politically, the Galapagos Islands constitute a province of Ecuador, with their capital being Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The Galapagos Island archipelago consist of thirteen large volcanic islands, six smaller islands and 107 cays and islets – all distributed close to the earth's equator.
Travellers are continually attracted by the appeal of these "enchanted islands."
On March 10, 1535, Fray Tomas de Berlanga accidentally came across the archipelago, which was formally incorporated into Ecuador on February 12, 1832. The province was created for the third time and in its final form as the Galapagos Islands, on February 18, 1973.
The Galapagos Islands were declared a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978.
Surtrek offer Galapagos land tours that include overnight stays in the islands' hotels. During these Galapagos land tours you’ll be able to admire the striking landscape and scenery filled with varieties of flora and fauna.
The volcanic Galapagos archipelago is well known as a paradise on earth, with its natural environment including many endemic species, including a quarter of its species of shore fish, half of the plants and almost all the islands' reptiles – which of course means they're found nowhere else on the planet.
There’s hardly any other place on earth where you can trek while observing and photographing animals in their natural environment so well and so close up. Our Galapagos land tours will guide you to the most beautiful places in the Galapagos islands, ones abundant with all types of animal life.
Our "Galapagos Land Tours" are a combination of boat trips, trekking and snorkeling tours. On most days you can leave your luggage in the hotel, so you’ll only have to carry a light day pack. For these treks, you don’t have to be in a superb physical condition, as our daily Galapagos Land Tours are not very demanding – though they still involve walking on rough volcanic ground. Every tour is guided by experienced and multilingual guides.
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