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Galapagos Cruises - Galapagos Holidays

This iconic wildlife conservation site is an archipelago of volcanic islands on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador, of which they are a part. They were made famous by Charles Darwin and his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, after which he developed his theory of evolution by natural selection. It is easy to see why he found it so fascinating. Many of the creatures are found only here and they are all completely natural, with no fear of humans. In fact humans come a very poor second to the animals, which are scrupulously conserved. All uninhabited areas of the Galapagos are a National Park.
 
Where Africa has its Big 5, the Galapagos has its Big 15! Huge land iguanas, giant tortoises, penquins, blue-footed booby birds diving brilliantly for fish, fur seals, scavenging red- throated frigate birds, albatross, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, pink flamingos...the list goes on. Their disregard of the human interlopers is strange, marvellous and almost alien. It is like an immense zoo without cages or enclosures in which care is needed not to step on the animals.
 
To talk with a South America specialist about Galapagos holidays and Galapagos cruises ring our friendly team on 01582 766122 or email us using the enquiry form.
 
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Although the total human population is around 25,000 and there are some fine beaches and towns, this is no island paradise. The landscape is often bare like a moonscape with little vegetation, but you will find it fascinating and thrilling. It is all about the animals, birds and sea-life and the unwavering dedication to keeping them safe and protected.
 
The Galapagos were named by the Spanish after their word for tortoise – galapago. There is a breeding and release programme for the indigenous giant tortoise, the largest of which you can visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.
 
The extraordinary familiarity with human beings is repeated in the sea. This an immense marine reserve with a fantastic mix of friendly sea life. There are a range of exotic sharks, whales, manta and leopard rays, with seals and sea lions, penguins, turtles, barracuda, moray eels, stunning coral and reef fish and all that a diver and snorkeler could possibly wish for. Scuba diving in the Galapagos is all live-aboard and one of the world’s great adventures, either above or below the surface.
 
The best way to see this incredible and unique ecosystem is on one of our Galapagos cruises around the main islands, getting on-shore by zodiac and just walking around. The wildlife will be waiting for you, so prepare to be amazed!
 
Galapagos holidays offer one of the most famous wildlife watching destinations in the world, with Galapagos cruises the most popular way to explore. Sitting more or less on the equator, the islands have a warm climate and each month has its own specific wildlife highlights. During the warmer, slightly rainy season the waters are clear to an extraordinary depth and water temperatures average around 25°C.
 
There are eighteen main islands of which only two are inhabited and the rest belong to the incredible array of wildlife. Some of this wildlife is endemic, with certain bird colonies only breeding on specific islands. Endemic species seen on Galapagos cruises include the Blue-footed booby, Galapagos penguin (the only penguin to live in temperate water), Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos sea lion, three species of iguana, flightless cormorant and of course the famous Darwin finches.
 
The iconic Blue-footed booby can be found in other parts of South America, but over half of the worlds population breeds in the Galapagos. Their mating dance is a special attraction. Colonies of magnificent frigate birds also breed on the islands and are genetically distinct, though again they are also found elsewhere in the world. The male frigate bird inflates its neck pouch to display a huge red breast during courtship.  On Galapagos holidays, the courtship rituals of the waved albatross are another remarkable sight, with the male and female performing an elaborate display of circling and bowing. These birds spend most of their time at sea but breed exclusively on the Galapagos.
 
The best way to see as much wildlife as possible is on a Galapagos cruise that takes in a number of the islands. There are plenty of boat options and the cruise length can vary between a few days to two weeks. The smaller boats are usually cheaper, with medium-sized boats having more extensive communal areas and facilities. Mid-sized boats also tend to be smoother in the water and preferred by those without strong sea legs! In general, the larger the boat the longer it takes to disembark.
 
Galapagos Holidays are increasingly popular and all boats operate under strict ecological rules and regulations.
Ecuador Highlights: Quito + Galapagos Cruise
ERA9Q
9 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
International flights quoted separately
Combine a visit to historic Quito in the Andean Highliands, with an expedition cruise through the pristine Galapagos Islands. The wildlife here is quite unaffected by people and you can walk among nesting blue-footed boobies, see giant tortoises, iguana, frigate birds and so much more. Dive options also available. Galapagos flights, marine fees & all transfers included.
ecuador and galapagos islands cruise holiday - see land and marine iguana
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
Wildlife of Ecuador: Amazon + Galapagos on land
EYC10Q
11 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
International flights quoted separately
Combine the wildlife of the rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon with the Galapagos Islands, staying on Santa Cruz island, with day excursions to see the incredible marine life and birds that inhabit these islands (or cruise option if preferred). Without any fear of humans, close up viewing is assured. Galapagos flights, all transfers & marine fees included. Diving options available on request.
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Quito
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Centre of the World
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Otavalo Markets
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Centre
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Quito
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Centre of the World
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Otavalo Markets
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Centre
Quito + Avenue of Volcanoes + Galapagos on land
EYB13Q
13 NIGHTS
FROM £3,994
International flights quoted separately
Combine Quito & a hotel on the Galapagos Islands, with this weekly escorted tour through the dramatic Avenue of the Volcanoes, that runs in a parallel chain southwards from Quito to Riobamba, including riding the train down the amazing 'Devils Nose'. All transfers, marine fees & specified sightseeing with English guides included. Diving options available on request.
Photo Santa Cruz Island Tours Galapagos Finch Bay Hotels Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz, Galapagos
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North Seymour Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Centre
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz, Galapagos
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North Seymour Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Centre
Highlights of Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
PRH14Q
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,195
International flights quoted separately
See the highlights of Ecuador and Peru in one visit, on this fabulous holiday that included historic Quito in the Andean Highlands, the markets of Otavalo and a Galapagos Cruise with glorious wildlife. Then fly to Cusco in Peru to visit Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas & the famous lost city of Machu Picchu. English speaking city guides, all transfers & excursions included.
Ecuador & Peru Highlights - Blue footed boobie
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
Essential Peru + Galapagos in depth
PPG18L
18 NIGHTS
FROM £5,395
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of Peru - including the Inca citadel at Machu Picchu & Spanish colonial city of Cusco - with time exploring the Galapagos Islands in depth. Board an Expedition Cruise followed by time onshore exploring Santa & surrounding islands, with diving options available. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English speaking guides included.
Photo Galapagos Islands Santa Cruz Diving Finch Bay Expedition Cruise
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
Wildlife of Peru & Ecuador + Galapagos Cruise
PPB23L
23 NIGHTS
FROM £5,796
International flights quoted separately
Combine the wildlife & birds of the Peruvian Amazon & Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, with an Expedition Cruise through the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the highlights of these two countries, including the giant condors of Colca Canyon, the cultures of Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu & the Spanish colonial city of Quito. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English guides included.  
Photo Ecuador Galapagos Amazon Cloud Forests Peru Bird Watching Cruise
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
Grand Ecuador, including Amazon + Galapagos Cruise
EPC16Q
17 NIGHTS
FROM £5,995
International flights quoted separately
Explore Ecuador in depth on this amazing holiday. Travel by boat into the rainforests of Yasuni National Park, deep in the Amazon, and explore the landscapes and cultures of the Avenue of the Volcanoes & Cuenca with your own private guide. Complete your holiday with an expedition cruise in the marine-rich Galapagos Islands. Galapagos flights, all transfers & marine fees included.
Photo Grand Tour Ecuador Amazon Galapagos Quito Cuenca Yasuni
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Quito
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Yasuni National Park
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Amazon Rainforest
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Cotapaxi National Park
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Expedition Cruise
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Galapagos Islands
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Quito
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Yasuni National Park
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Amazon Rainforest
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Cotapaxi National Park
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Expedition Cruise
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Galapagos Islands
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