Galapagos Islands Information
Galapagos Cruises Information
Visiting Galapagos The Enchanted Islands
There are two visits per day, one in the morning and 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 geology, flora & fauna.
You will be part of a group up to 16 people named: albatross, boobies, cormorants, dolphins or other.
Depending on the itinerary, you will alternate these activities with: swimming on colorful sand beaches, watching sea lions on rocky shores, taking a tour of the Darwin Research Station and souvenir shopping. To get to our 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 and walking shoes or sandals (towels are provided by the crew while disembarking)
General Activities: Unlike the usual cruise, your visit to the Galapagos Islands offers a variety of activities, so you must come prepared. The main leisure interest is admiring the wildlife and the amazing topographic features.
While hiking you will be able to watch birds, take pictures, stroll on the beach, take walks, visit museums and naturalist parks, as well as, trek up mountain sides. Other activities include snorkeling kayaking and swimming; for each activity you wish to participate in, you must take appropriate clothing and gear with you. Go Galapagos is not liable for accidents at excursions or water sports. Children are under parent’s responsibility.
Various hikes along well-marked paths have been chosen to offer you the best views and sites. Hiking may involve various degrees of difficulty; we have divided the levels of difficulty in three groups:
Easy: Flat terrain without any climbing. Surface can be rocky though usually it means sand or dirt. Hike doesn’t last more than one hour.
Intermediate: Flat terrain or with some slope. Surface is mostly rocky and/or slippery. Hiking lasts about one hour and a half.
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 and not participate in the hardest hikes. Please consult your guide if you have any further questions.
The best way to experience the Galapagos Islands is by cruising on board M/V Galapagos Legend and the M/Y Coral I & Coral II. Explore the Galapagos Islands with small groups’ excursions, multilingual speaking naturalists, specialized lectures and conferences. Taste exquisite gastronomy and all inclusive snorkeling and kayaking activities.
Our vessels also exhibits spacious interior social areas: auditorium, interpretation center, library, comfortable lounges, dining rooms and Kids’ Corner. Special services: satellite internet, long distance calls, 24 hour doctor, sauna & steam room. In addition, special menus for kids or vegetarians are available.
Cabins: The extra room offers unique facilities such as: double and triple cabins and suites with large spaces or balconies, interconnected doors and lower adjoining berths fully-equipped with ocean view, A/C electricity of 110v and 220v, safe-deposit box and international phone call service. Finally, a TV with an internal circuit, a menu that will let you choose from: different movies and documentaries in various languages, music, itineraries, conferences or and the check balance of your bill.
*Services and facilities are different based on your cruise ship.
Galapagos Islands Cruises
"The Enchanted Islands"
UNESCO declared the Galapagos Island a World Natural Heritage in 1978. 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 of behaviors impossible to find anywhere else in the world.
Biodiversity thrives in a territory of volcanic material that emerged millions of years ago from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Cormorants forgot to fly, iguanas learned how to swim, turtles became gigantic, and sharks mild. This is a place where sea lions show off their swimming skills and blue-footed boobies perform 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
This is where Charles Darwin was inspired to draw up his theory of 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.
In the largest of the Galapagos Islands, Discover mangrove forests, lava crevices, penguins, flamingos, sea turtles, marine iguanas, tidal pools and the unusual Flightless Cormorant.
Discover seabird colonies and witness up close and personal, the most intimate courtship, breeding and nesting behaviors.
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 Boobies courting, as well as nesting grounds and 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, home to nesting sites of penguins, flamingos and sea turtles. You´ll also find sting rays and sharks.
Home to the capital of Galapagos, of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and also, Charles Darwin´s first landing spot. Stumble upon red footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises and sea lions.
One of the smallest and, depending on the season, most colorful islands. Find 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.