Environmental conditions make the Galápagos a unique island ecosystem. Although the Galápagos Islands are located near the equator, they receive cool ocean currents making for an eclectic mix of tropical and mild climates – ideal for traversing. Not many places on the planet can compete with the unique wildlife experience of the Galápagos Islands. Evolving without mammalian predators and undisturbed by humans, each island is home to a variety of species, from Galápagos giant tortoises and sea lions to marine iguanas and waved albatrosses.
Venture ashore across a range of distinct ecosystems, with an expert guide, to learn about the Galápagos wild- and marine-life, plus its incredible environments. The archipelago’s arid lowlands are covered by open cactus forests, pisonias, guava trees, ferns and grasses, making for a fascinating, and extremely diverse, walking experience whichever island you explore.
Keep your binoculars peeled, as you closely observe protected wildlife from a respectable distance. Marvel at giant tortoises lumbering around rocky coastlines, while oceans teem with marine iguanas, dolphins and reef sharks as they surf through the waves. The region is also home to 45 types of birds you won’t spot anywhere else in the world, including the Galápagos penguins and Darwin’s finches, not to mention other unique species like waved albatrosses and blue- and red-footed boobies.
Little interference in this reserve ensures an untouched natural habitat, and much of the wildlife remains tame allowing for incredible sighting and photographic opportunities.