Galapagos Islands Information
Visiting the Galapagos Islands
There are two visits per day to the islands, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Our naturalist guides will take you directly to the most fantastic and emblematic locations on each island and introduce you to the mysterious and wonderful secrets of its flora, fauna and geology, walking, hiking, snorkeling or kayaking.
You will be part of a group(up to 16 people) named: albatross, boobies, cormorants, dolphins or other.
Depending on the itinerary, you will also alternate these activities with swimming on colorful sand beaches, watching sea lions on a rocky shore, taking a tour of the Darwin Research Station, and souvenir shopping. To get to our various sites, we have two types of landing:
Dry Landings: Passengers step directly from a dinghy onto rocks or a dock. We recommend: walking shoes. Special care is highly recommended when walking on wet rocks.
Wet Landings: The dinghy edges toward the beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or sandals, towel (provided by the crew while disembarking)
General Activities: Unlike the usual cruise, your visit to the Galápagos Islands offers a variety of activities, so you must come prepared. The main leisure interest is admiring the wildlife and the amazing topographic features. Various hikes along well-marked paths have been chosen to offer you the best views and sites. Hiking may involve various degrees of difficulty (easy, intermediate or difficult: see below for details). While hiking, you will be able to bird-watch, take pictures, stroll on the beach, take walks, visit museums and naturalist parks, as well as trek up mountainsides. Other activities include snorkeling, kayaking and swimming, so for each activity you wish to participate in, you must take appropriate clothing and gear with you. KT is not liable for accidents at excursions on water sports, children are under parent's responsibility. Level of difficulty in hiking: We have divided the levels of difficulty in three groups: Flat terrain without any climbing. The surface can be rocky, though usually it means sand or dirt. The hike doesn't last more than one hour. Intermediate: Flat terrain or with some slope. The surface is mostly rocky and/or slippery. The hike lasts about one and a half hours. Difficult: A hike on steep surfaces, mostly comprised of rocks and broken up lava flows. The hikes usually last between two and three hours.Please note: The degree of difficulty gives a general idea about what to expect. Most hikes are all right for the majority of people and the degree of difficulty should not be a deterrent to take part in them. Only if you have some major handicap should you consider staying aboard for the hardest hikes. Please consult your guide if you have any questions.
The best way to experience the Galapagos Islands is by cruising on board m/v Galapagos Legend, m/y Coral I & Coral II. Deluxe cruise-ships to explore the Galapagos Islands with daily small group excursions, multilingual speaking naturalists, specialized lectures and conferences, exquisite gastronomy all inclusive, snorkeling and kayaking activities. A fleet in a class of its own with matchless spacious outdoor decks for lounging, sea-gazing, BBQ terrace, chill out area, Jacuzzi or even a pool.
Our vessel also exhibits spacious interior social areas; auditorium, interpretation center, library, comfortable lounges and dinning rooms, Kids' Corner. Special services such as; satellite internet, long distance calls, 24h doctor, sauna & steam room, special menus for kids or vegetairans are available to fulfill guests´ needs.
Cabins; The extra room offers unique facilities such as: outside double and triple cabins and suites with large spaces or balconies, interconnected doors, and lower adjoiningberths fully-equipped with ocean view for your confort, with A/C, electricity of 110v and 220v, safe-deposit box, international phone calls service, TV with an internal circuit and a menu that will let you choose from different movies in various languages, music, documentaries, itineraries, conferences or check the balance of your bill.
*Services and fascilities are different based on your cruise ship.
Galapagos Islands Cruises
"The Enchanted Islands"
This is a paradise where animals have no fear of man; it is a magical realm where creatures seem to be enchanted. They have fantastic, unique and fascinating forms with behaviors impossible to find anywhere else in the world. , this archipelago is unique and one of the wonders of world.
UNESCO declared the Galapagos Island a World Natural Heritage this archipelago is unique and one of the wonders of world.
Biodiversity thrived in a territory of volcanic material that emerged frm the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago. Comorants forgot to fly,iguanas learned to swim, turtles became gigantic, andsharks mild. This is a place where sea lions show off their swimming skills and blue-footed boobiesperform their elegant two-step mating dance right under your nose. The archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles, or 965 km, off the Ecuadorian mainland. Its wonders include impressive geological formations, old and new outcrops, various types of cones and tunnels formed by underground streams and currents.
White, red and black sand beaches
with extraordinary landscapes highlight the diversity of life itself. This is where Charles Darwin was inspired to draw up his theory on evolution and the origin of species.
Excursion in a unique and diverse ecosystem
Great snorkeling opportunities with penguins and sea lions off a golden-sand beach at the foot of popular Pinnacle Rock.
A red sand beach with a large sea lion colony, Palo Santo forests, endemic cacti, and the only Galapagos site where the nine Dawin's finches are found.
Offering one of the most beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands, home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Darwin's finches and endemic land iguana.
Discover mangrove forests, lava crevices, penguins, flamingos, sea turtles, marine iguanas, tidal pools and the unusual Flightless Cormorant in the largest of the Galapagos Islands.
Discover seabird colonies and witness the most intimate courtship, breeding and nesting behaviors up close and personal.
Tortoises, lava tunnels, white-sand beaches and a picturesque modern town bring lift to one of Galapagos greenest, most tropical islands.
Española highlights include Waved Albatross and Blue-footed Booby courting and nesting grounds as well as the spectacular backdrop of Punta Suárez blowhole.
The youngest and probably the only island in the world without introduced species, admire astounding volcanic landscapes at a site often perceived as a 'land without time'.
Floreana is fascinating in terms of human history and geologic formation, with penguins, flamingoes, sting rays, sea turtle nesting sites and sharks.
Home of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno,Galapagos capital; Charles Darwin first landing spot. Redfooted boobies, Galapagos tortoises and sea lions.
One of the smallest yet depending on the season, most colorful islands, with sea lion colonies, land and hybrid iguanas and countless birds soaring by the cliffs.
Explore deep pools and caves carved from the lava shoreline, home to playful Galapagos fur seals as well as a variety of resident and migrant bird species.
Eroded islet home to Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Red-billed Tropicbird, Swallow-tailed Gull, Brown Noddy and other marine favorites.