Sailing the Galapagos Islands

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Sailing the Galapagos Islands: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable adventure, consider sailing the Galapagos Islands. This remote and pristine archipelago is home to some of the most unique and diverse wildlife in the world. From giant tortoises to marine iguanas, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures. Not only that, but the landscapes of the Galapagos are simply breathtaking, with volcanic formations, crystal-clear waters, and stunning beaches. Whether you’re a nature lover, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking a one-of-a-kind experience, sailing the Galapagos Islands is sure to leave you in awe.

Start your adventure in Quito, Ecuador

Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason. The city is home to a wealth of historic sites and architectural wonders that showcase its rich history and cultural significance. From the iconic Plaza de la Independencia to the stunning Basilica del Voto Nacional, there are countless treasures to explore. Whether you’re a history buff or simply appreciate beautiful architecture, Quito’s UNESCO Heritage sites are a must-visit during your trip to Ecuador.

Towers of the Basilica in Quito Ecuador

The Basilica of the National Vow, also known as the Basilica del Voto Nacional, is a stunning architectural masterpiece in Quito, Ecuador. This Gothic-style Basilica is one of the largest neo-Gothic churches in the Americas and is a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts. The basilica’s towering spires and intricate stone carvings are truly awe-inspiring. Visitors can climb to the top of the basilica’s towers for panoramic views of the city, or explore the interior and admire the beautiful stained glass windows. Don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate the basilica’s unique feature – gargoyles in the shape of native Ecuadorian animals. A visit to the Basilica of the National Vow is a must for anyone exploring the hidden gems of Quito.

After two days of touring, board a chartered plane with other cruise guests for a two hour flight to Baltra where the crew transferred us to our ship!

Explore the Diverse Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands are truly a haven for wildlife enthusiasts! A sailing adventure is undoubtedly the best way to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this incredible destination. From the iconic giant tortoises to the unique marine iguanas, you’ll have the opportunity to witness these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Swim with playful sea lions, spot colorful birds like the blue-footed booby, and marvel at the graceful flight of the albatross. With each island offering its own distinct ecosystem, you’ll be amazed by the diversity of species you encounter. Whether you’re an avid photographer or a nature enthusiast, the Galapagos Islands will undoubtedly provide you with countless opportunities for unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Experience the Unspoiled Beauty of the Galapagos on the island of Espanola.

The Galapagos Islands are not only home to incredible wildlife, but also boast stunning landscapes that are sure to leave you in awe. From volcanic landscapes with rugged cliffs and lava formations to pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Galapagos Islands offer a diverse range of natural beauty. Explore the dramatic landscapes of Espanola Island with hiking and kayaking.  We spotted A Blue Footed Booby, sea lions, a Red-Billed Tropicbird and the Espanola mockingbird which is only found on this island.  On our way back to the ship we were surrounded by hundreds of dolphins!

Blue Footed Booby

Blue Footed Booby

Dive into the Pristine Waters of the Galapagos for Unforgettable Snorkeling and Diving.

One of the highlights of sailing the Galapagos Islands is the opportunity to snorkel and dive in the pristine waters surrounding the archipelago. The Galapagos Islands are known for their incredible marine biodiversity, with a wide variety of fish, sea turtles, rays, and even sharks. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, there are plenty of dive sites to explore, each offering a unique underwater experience. Snorkel alongside playful sea lions, swim with graceful sea turtles, and marvel at the vibrant colors of the coral reefs. The crystal-clear waters of the Galapagos provide unparalleled visibility, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this underwater paradise. Don’t miss the chance to dive into the pristine waters of the Galapagos and discover a whole new world beneath the surface.

Sail on to South Plaza Island

As soon as we reached South Plaza island, we were warmly welcomed by charming sealions. Throughout our guided tour of the island, we were mesmerized by the abundance of prickly pear cacti and vibrant succulent plants. Not only do these plants enhance the island’s beauty, but they also serve as a vital source of nourishment and hydration for the incredible variety of birds and iguanas that call this place home. The naturalists accompanying us on our cruise were truly exceptional, their expertise stemming from their upbringing in the Galapagos and their deep connection with this remarkable ecosystem.

Find the Flamingos & Turtles on the island of Isabella

As we embarked on our hike to the lagoon on the captivating island of Isabella, we were delighted to discover a breathtaking sight – the majestic flamingos. The Galapagos Islands, with their abundant supply of delectable crustaceans, mollusks, insects, algae, and other delectable treats, offer a veritable feast for these magnificent creatures. Their feathers, adorned with the vibrant carotenoid pigment, proudly display shades of enchanting pink. That’s not all, for we were also fortunate enough to encounter the unique Darwin finches, a species exclusive to the Galapagos. Isabella further reveals its splendor by being the cherished sanctuary of not only stunning marine turtles but also awe-inspiring giant land turtles.

Sea Turtle Galapagos Islands

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS)  is a biological research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. It is located on the shore of Academy Bay in the village of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Island with satellite offices on Isabela and San Cristóbal islands. During our visit to CDRS, we were fortunate enough to witness the presence of numerous adorable infant giant land tortoises, as well as some of the magnificent giant tortoises.

Choose the Perfect Galapagos Cruise for Your Adventure of a Lifetime.

When planning your adventure to the Galapagos Islands, choosing the right cruise is essential to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. With so many options available, it’s important to consider factors such as itinerary, vessel size, amenities, and sustainability practices.

First, consider the itinerary. The Galapagos Islands offer a wide range of unique and diverse landscapes, wildlife, and activities. Whether you want to explore the volcanic landscapes of Isabela Island, snorkel with sea turtles in the crystal-clear waters, or observe the famous blue-footed boobies, there is an itinerary to suit every interest. I can assist you in researching different cruise options and help you choose one that aligns with your preferences.

Next, consider the size of the vessel. Smaller boats typically offer a more intimate and personalized experience, allowing you to get closer to the wildlife and access more remote areas. However, larger ships may offer more amenities and stability in rough seas. Consider your comfort level and the type of experience you are seeking when choosing the size of your cruise vessel.

Sustainability practices are also an important factor to consider. The Galapagos Islands are a fragile ecosystem, and it’s crucial to choose a cruise operator that prioritizes conservation and minimizes its impact on the environment. Look for cruises that follow strict guidelines and regulations, such as limiting the number of visitors to each site and implementing waste management practices.

As your travel advisor I will work with you to determine the best cruise that will suit your need and budget.  Let’s begin planning your Galapagos sailing adventure today!


Travel Advisor

Debbie Horres

Debbie Horres