The Galapagos Enchanted Islands can be fully appreciated by taking a luxury, first class, tourist or economic Galapagos cruise. In the Islands, nearly half of the species are found nowhere else in the world.
The Galapagos is so remote that its nearest neighbor, Ecuador, is 600 miles away. Admire mysterious animals like the marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, equatorial penguins and other species that are endemic to the paradise of the Galapagos Islands. Visiting the Galapagos Islands without taking a Galapagos cruise is missing an important part of the Galapagos experience.
Galapagos, the group of islands 600 miles west of Ecuador, is world famous as the home of some of the world's most fascinating and unique species of sea creatures, seabirds, amphibians and reptiles. Since the time of Charles Darwin's historic explorations and the publication of The Origin of Species, Galapagos has been a cherished treasure trove of marine wildlife, preserved and protected for all of us to learn from and to enjoy.
The small airport and harbor at Baltra serve as the gateway for visitors who may cruise some of the waters linking key ports.
All Galapagos cruise ships, yachts and diving boats are anchored on each island destination and passengers are ferried to the landing point in small boats called pangas). Some islands have excellent beaches and snorkeling areas among the sea creatures and hike along island trails.
Visitors to the Galapagos must be accompanied at all times by guides who have been trained by the Charles Darwin Station and licensed by the National Park. These guides are intimately familiar with visitor sites and will share their wealth of knowledge with you daily. In the evenings, they will give briefings on the following day’s events. The reason that you charter a yacht in the Galapagos is to experience the islands and their unique flora and fauna.