Nowhere else in the world will you ever find a place more staggering and filled with unique experiences of natural beauty and wildlife, like the Galapagos Islands.
Sitting approximately 600 miles from the Ecuador coast, the islands have been gifted an unusual pattern of weather cycles and geographical location. Do not compare the atmosphere to other tropical or sunbathed environments like Barbados, the Bahamas or Brazilian rainforests.
The Galapagos Islands are unforgettable because there’s something prehistoric about them. No rain forest or woodland can compare to the bulging islands, thrashing out of the water and the one-of-a-kind animals that still inhabit the island. If ever there was a truly untouched and bare natural setting, this is it.
Exploring the islands requires thoughtful planning because there’s so much to study.
Journey off to the Floreana Island and even further into the Scalesia Forest and soon you’ll be met by the Galapagos National Park. Since humans have been regularly visiting the islands which have been made famous by none other than British nature documentarian David Attenborough, wildlife has needed to be protected.
Reptiles like Galapagos Lava Lizards and marine iguanas are in abundant supply and have their roots, seated in the islands themselves, so the species are completely unique. They run around eating up insects and small birds laying their eggs. Their patterns and camouflage are to be found nowhere else in the world.
These marvelous creatures have been studied for decades, and since the nearest land is 600 miles away, it’s mystifying to realize, they have been here for thousands and thousands of years.
The islands are separated from one another, so much so, that you need good transport to get to each one. The Santa Cruz II offers holidaymakers a once in a lifetime Galapagos Islands cruise.
Able to supply rooms for up to 50 people, the dining onboard is made from ingredients and recipes all locally sourced. Whether it’s vegetables, fruit, fish or anything else the team is passionate about providing sybaritic delights through Ecuadorian and international cuisine.
The iconic species like the flightless cormorant and the Blue Footed Boobies have to be seen and observed before you leave the islands. The Galapagos hawk and the Fur Seals can be tracked and snapped while drifting along the coastline. There’s no other way that’s better and more comprehensive to travel around the islands than by boat.
You have to go exploring to truly appreciate the prehistoric nature of the islands. The surface is very similar to that of hardened volcanic rock, and the moss and other foliage that grows don’t just look Jurassic, but it rough and abrasive to the touch.
You’ll explore the Bartolome Island, with a full day tour which starts off at Puerto Ayora and then cuts through the center allowing you time to watch the iguanas. You can dip into the ocean with a bit of coastline snorkeling where you may even be joined by inquisitive penguins and sea lions.
Visitors have been known to spot the Galapagos sharks as well, but full health and safety checks are in play.
These islands give humanity a chance to look back into history, and actually, touch it.
The Galapagos Islands are preserved and seen as one of the rites of passage for many wildlife biologists around the world. Exploring the islands is almost like a journey one takes personal; a great trip to discover the origins of unique life.