The Galapagos Islands have held allure for travelers all over the world, from Charles Darwin to today’s discriminating eco tourists. Each is drawn by the promise of unparalleled access to wildlife, much of it endemic to the Galapagos, and the stunning vistas that surround the islands. Located 600 miles from mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands offer visitors an experience like no other. Traveling here can only be improved by the luxurious accommodations of a premiere cruise.
The Galapagos Islands caught the attention of scientist Charles Darwin and contributed to his revolutionary theories of evolution. He had ample subjects for study because the archipelago is home to an extremely diverse population of reptiles, marine life, mammals, and insects. Many of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The animals know no fear of man, so you are able to look at them from much closer than you would have thought possible. It creates an intimacy that is indescribable and which makes the Galapagos such a desirable locale for nature lovers the world over.
Luxury cruises typically leave from beautiful mainland Ecuador by air, and passengers disembark onto their cruise ship to explore the Galapagos. Excursions onto the islands leave daily before you return to the luxury and comfort of the ship in the evening. While on the islands, you can enjoy world-class hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and explore the islands that were created from volcanoes, and some which have volcanoes that are very active. An unforgettable sight. On the ship, you will enjoy luxury accommodations that refresh, invigorate, and recharge you for further excursions.
The Galapagos Archipelago is comprised of 19 islands, five of which are inhabited. Most of the land is part of the National Park and the waters are protected by the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve. Preserving and protecting this area and maintaining it as a sanctuary for the endemic life it contains is of the utmost importance. It is the best preserved tropical archipelago in the world, according to the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and eco tourists are vital to not only the economy but the ongoing efforts to preserve this pristine area.
The Galapagos is the premiere destination for those who love nature and want to see it in its most pure form. Savor the best that nature has to offer while enjoying the amenities that luxury cruises have to offer. It is an ideal way to experience this island paradise.