GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - ECUADOR
The equatorial Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.
The Galapagos archipelago consists of thirteen main islands and there are two airports with flights to Quito and Guayaquil.
The archipelago's climate is sub-tropical and its flora and fauna are so unique that this group of islands is considered to be one of the planet’s natural paradises. You will find unending beaches of marble-white sand, such as those of Tortuga Bay, lava tunnels, spectacular areas for snorkeling and diving, a marine reserve, not to mention the incredible animals and colorful birds you’ll observe.
The best way to explore the Galapagos Islands is by boat and GreenTracks offers acclaimed programs utilizing several different size ships. Galapagos trips can be combined with land programs on the Ecuador mainland and easily combine with our tours in Peru of the Amazon, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Nazca and more.
From the ships you will make frequent shore excursions to explore the unique, complex ecosystem that has made the Galapagos so famous. On the island of Floreana, for example, you can visit Post Office Bay, The Black Beach, Flamingos Lagoon, Cormorant Point, or The Pirates’ Caves.
There are also areas to scuba dive, such as La Corona del Diablo. On Genovesa, the frigate birds, fur seals, marine iguanas, tropical birds, red-footed boobies, and masked boobies all stand out. On Fernandina, there are sea lions, iguanas, pelicans, penguins, and cormorants. On Espanola, you can appreciate the dance of the Blue-footed Booby or the courting of the Albatross. On Santa Cruz, stand face-to-face with a giant tortoise.