When you think of the Galapagos islands words like pristine, remote, and paradise come to mind. Lying off the coast of Ecuador, these protected Pacific islands offer the adventurous traveler one of the most rewarding and awe-inspiring vacations of a lifetime. The best way to get to these islands is plane, and then you’re routed via expedition ship.
Here are five reasons why Galapagos cruises are perfect for families, nature enthusiasts, retirees, and those looking for something out of the ordinary.
The Galapagos islands were made famous by the Charles Darwin, who used the observations of wildlife on the islands to write his popular book "On the Origin of Species: The Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection" that built upon the work of his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin. Besides providing for wonderful dinner conversation about this popular theory, you can see for yourself what Darwin saw with his own eyes nearly two hundred years ago because not much has changed.
In fact, the Galapagos are as close as you can get to a "pristine environment". While here, you can visit the Charles Darwin Research Foundation on Puerto Ayora to learn more.
#2: Activities Amid Comfort
There is so much to do on Galapagos cruises, including:
- Hiking and Bird watching: If you're looking for miles of gorgeous hiking trails to hit before lunch or if you want to see birds waking up with the sun, the Galapagos has it all.
- Snorkeling and Diving: snorkel through open waters and get a close up look at sea lions in the wild.
- Flora and Fauna: Love plants? Take an expert tour that explores the islands diversity by searching for flora and fauna.
- Swim and Play on the Beach: Spend the day on an uncrowded beach where you can swim in the deep blue Pacific ocean and play in the sand before exploring the cultural areas of the island or returning to your ship for a nap.
And when you are done exploring the islands, return to your ship for a quick shower, a hot meal and some wonderful conversation in luxurious comfort.
#3: Beautiful Sights and Sounds
There are four inhabited islands in the Galapagos with a population of about 25,000. Who are these people? They’re a unique culture of South American and European colonizers who settled on the islands mainly in the 20th century, when the islands were completely uninhabited.
When you think about just how isolated these islands are (620 miles from the coast of Ecuador), you can truly appreciate the unique culture of the island.
#4: Are you an Artist?
Writers, painters, photographers and other artists flock to the Galapagos and for good reason; this group of islands offers inspiration. You may find yourself writing poetry, coming up with an idea for a new novel, painting a masterpiece, or shooting award winning photography on a Galapagos cruise.
#5: It's Fun and Remote
How can you not be in a fabulous mood surrounded by such beauty? When you take a Galapagos cruise, one of the best parts of the adventure is being so remote, so far away from ordinary life. There are no crowds on these islands where animals far outnumber people, giving each and every visitor a no rush approach to their one-of-a-kind Galapagos cruise.
For a truly unique vacation experience, Galapagos cruises stand apart. This area of the world is like any other destination on earth and it has been that way for a very long time. Immerse yourself in another world, where you can select your ideal itinerary, at your pace, in one of the most pure and perfect places on the planet.