Galapagos: the trail of Evolution Meet the fearless wildlife in one of This archipelago is one of the world’s most significant natural areas, these islands inspired the British naturalist Charles Darwin in his theory of Evolution
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Expedition yachts in Galapagos Meet the fearless wildlife in one of Earth´s most pristine and isolated wildlife sanctuary: the Galapagos Islands. How to exploring is your choice, from small luxury yachts to expedition cruises, to four, five, or even eight days cruises onboard the best selection of cruises in the Galapagos.
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Expedition yachts in Galapagos Meet the fearless wildlife in one of Earth´s most pristine and isolated wildlife sanctuary: the Galapagos Islands. How to exploring is your choice, from small luxury yachts to expedition cruises, to four, five, or even eight days cruises onboard the best selection of cruises in the Galapagos.
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Galapagos

Located 2 hours away by plane from Continental Ecuador, this archipelago is one of the world’s most significant natural areas, these islands inspired the British naturalist Charles Darwin in his theory of Evolution which end up in the publication of the famous book “The Origin of Species”, in 1959 they were declare a National Park by Ecuador government and by 1979 they were  declared a “World Cultural Heritage Site” UNESCO.

Officially discovered in 1535, besides being an incredible living laboratory, the islands are surprisal rich in the history of buccaneers, pirates, militias, convicts, hunters, and scientists.

The volcanic archipelago “one of the world’s most active volcanic regions on earth” consists of 13 large islands, 6 smaller and more of forty islets. The unusual ecology of fauna and flora found in the islands is the result of its unique geographic location, under the tropical sun of the equator, and bathed by the cold waters of Humboldt and Cronwell’s currents.

As having a volcanic origin, separate from the continent, the only way to colonize the islands was by sea or by air, reason why the islands show cast large colonies of reptiles and birds as well as more ferns, grasses, and composites than flowery plants.  While reptiles, sea lions, sea turtles, giant turtles, and penguins get the advantage of the favorable currents to get there, most of the plants that arrived in the islands were transported by the wind and by birds.

All these species were obligated to adapt to a dramatic and wild ecology, and the result is a marvelous life exposition of many degrees of evolutionary changes; at the “Enchanted Islands”  either you adapt, or you die, and guess what? They adapt to become the world-leading destination for nature lovers.

For being located at the tropic, the climate of Galapagos is unusually dry; we find two main seasons; the wet season which goes from December to June, with warm weather, clear skies, and occasionally heavy rains and a marvelous green vegetation and the rainy season that goes from late June to early December where the air is fresher, skies are little cloudy and there is no rain in the lowlands while the highlands keep being wet, this season exposes itself in a dry forest type panorama.

Average temperatures in the Galapagos

Month Minimum air temperature Maximum air temperatures Average sea temperature
January 72°F / 22°C 86°F / 30°C 76°F / 24.5°C
February 75°F / 24°C 86°F / 30°C 77°F / 25°C
March 75°F / 24°C 86°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C
April 75°F / 24°C 88°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C
May 72°F / 22°C 82°F / 28°C 76°F / 24.5°C
June 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C
July 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22.5°C
August 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 71°F / 21.5°C
September 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22°C
October 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 22.5°C
November 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C
December 72°F / 22°C 81°F / 27°C 73°F / 22.5°C

Galapagos is a year-round destination, and the most peculiar things occur all the time, get your luggage ready and stand up for your next adventure to discover the life in its pure at the Galapagos Islands.

Most of the Galapagos wildlife reached the islands by accident, and all had a long journey while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Later, and due to the extreme isolation, evolution transformed most of them into the most strange and unique creatures on Earth.

Mammals

  • Galapagos Sea lions and Fur Seal
  • Blainvilles Whale
  • Cuviers Whale
  • Short Finned Pilot Whale
  • Killer Whale
  • False Killer Whale
  • Melon Headed Whale
  • Minke Whale
  • Sei Whale
  • Brydes Whale
  • Fin Whale
  • Blue Whale
  • Humpback Whale
  • Common Sperm Whale
  • Dwarf & Pygmy Whale
  • Pygmy Whale
  • Bottled Nose & Common Dolphin
  • Rice Rats
  • Bats

Reptiles

  • Giant Tortoises
  • Land Iguanas
  • Sea Turtles
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Sea snakes
  • Snakes
  • Geckos
  • Lava Lizards

Shorebirds

  • Semi Palmated Plover
  • Black-Bellied Plover
  • Galapagos Rail
  • Paint-billed Crake
  • Common Gallinule
  • Oystercatcher
  • White Cheeked Pintail Duck
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Wandering Tattler
  • Sanderling
  • Whimbrel
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Flamingos
  • Pied Billed Grebe
  • Herons & Egrets

Land Birds

  • Peregrine Falcons
  • Galapagos Hawks
  • Galapagos Doves
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Galapagos Martin
  • Barn Owl
  • Short-Eared Owl
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Bobolinks
  • Dark Billed Cuckoo
  • Floreana Mockingbird
  • Galapagos Mockingbird
  • Hood Mockingbird
  • San Cristobal Mockingbird

Sea Birds

  • Blue Footed Booby
  • Red-footed Booby
  • Nazca Booby
  • Magnificent Frigate Bird
  • Great Frigate Bird
  • Common Noddy
  • Common Tern
  • Sooty Tern
  • Royal Tern
  • Albatross
  • Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrel
  • Band-Rumped Storm Petrel
  • Elliot`s Storm Petrel
  • Flightless Cormorant
  • Galapagos Penguin
  • Brown Pelican
  • Audubons Shearwater
  • Dark-Rumped Petrel
  • Tropic Birds
  • Swallow-Tailed Gull
  • Lava Gull
  • Franklin’s Gull

Darwin´s Finches

  • Warbler Finch
  • Small Ground Finch
  • Medium Ground Finch
  • Large Ground Finch
  • Small Tree Finch
  • Medium Tree Finch
  • Large Tree Finch
  • Vampire Finch
  • Mangrove Finch
  • Woodpecker Finch
  • Vegetarian Finch
  • Cactus Finch

Snorkeling and diving in Galapagos are very rewarding, and they are activities offered on all our Galapagos cruises.

Sharks and Rays

  • Port Jackson Shark
  • Spotted Eagle Ray
  • Whale Shark
  • Golden Ray
  • White-tipped reef shark
  • Sting Ray
  • Black-finned Reef Shark
  • Manta Ray
  • Galapagos Shark Remora
  • Tiger Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Thread herring
  • Anchovy
  • Hieroglyphic hawkfish
  • Blue-eyed damselfish
  • Moorish Idol
  • Blue parrotfish
  • Yellow-bellied triggerfish
  • Dusky Chubb
  • Amberjack
  • Flying fish

Other species

  • Red lobster
  • Scallop
  • Giant sea star
  • Banded Sea Urchin
  • Mullet
  • Tunas and bonitos
  • Five-spotted anthias
  • White-banded angelfish
  • Sergeant major
  • Yellow-tailed surgeonfish
  • Large-banded blenny
  • Concentric Pufferfish
  • Moray eel
  • Red-lipped batfish
  • Blue Lobster
  • Slipper lobster
  • Horse conch

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Testimonials

Hacienda Zuleta is a rare gem hidden in the Ecuadorian Andes. We stayed there for three nights with Gloria, our guide. She was a wealth of knowledge, a patient+friendly guide!

Brendan, Australia - “Zuleta was an extraordinary place”

We loved the tapestry and workshops in Otavalo. During our stay, we loved to walk around Cuicocha crater lake! Quite a breathtaking view!

Deborah & Nicol, US - “A great market day!”

Maria was excellent and courteous! She even helped me bargain in the Otavalo market! Meeting Belen, the hatmaker woman, was a unique experience!

Ed & Sue, US - “Bargain at Otavalo”

Gina was incredible! Excellent English, knowledge, and very pleasant.

Brian, US - “Incredible guide”

Giovanna is exceptionally knowledgeable, especially about Ecuadorian history & politics! She is an excellent storyteller

Terry & Betsy, US - “Our guide was a storyteller”

Gloria was a joy to be with! She was very knowledgeable.

Maynard & Robin, US - “Fantastic experience”

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