THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
"Forged by fire, fuelled by the ocean, fanned by the wind." David Attenborough
In this place of wonders evolution is proceeding at an extraordinary speed. Millions of years ago these volcanic islands were colonized by a strange cast of characters, animals and birds, which had to dramatically adapt their bodies in order to settle in this unforgiving landscape. Every species living here has come from the continent, taken on the harsh conditions and won. Relative to its size, more unique species are found in the Galapagos Islandsthan anywhere else in the world. Today they are home to a remarkable collection of animals, birds and plants.
Different islands offer different experiences and as you cruise through the archipelago, the wonders of the islands are revealed, together with their amazing inhabitants with no fear of humans. Blue and red footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, Nazca boobies and noddy terns are just some of the amazing birds you will encounter. Other wildlife includes sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, marine and land iguanas, Galapagos penguins and the bright red sally lightfoot crabs. Flightless cormorants are the world’s only existing marine birds, other than penguins, that have changed from flying to diving birds. A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the giant tortoise breeding programme and to view these gentle giants is a special experience. A walk through the lush greenery of the highlands on Santa Cruz Island, contrasts sharply with the beaches, coves and arid lowlands, offering the possibility of encountering giant tortoises in the wild. For anyone interested in nature and wildlife, a Galapagos Islands cruise should be at the top of your “wish list”.