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An archipelago of volcanic islands formed some six million years ago, the Galapagos is made up of 18 main islands, including Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.
The Galapagos Islands are truly unique and beg to be explored, with incredible landscapes and seascapes, showcasing diverse wildlife and sealife at every turn. Go on a spectacular and memorable cruise, stay in some unique accommodation on both land and sea, snorkel with penguins and sea lions, and get close to some of the dazzling variety of wildlife: from the marine iguana and the playful blue-footed booby to the magnificent and iconic giant tortoise, a holiday in the Galapagos truly offers one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world. Take a look at our top ten wildlife in the Galapagos here, or have a read of our insider's guide to the Galapagos.
One of the first UNESCO world heritage sites, these islands can be visited year round, owing to their proximity to the equator. A stay here or a luxury cruise around the islands combines perfectly with a few days in colourful Ecuador or Peru.
Exsus knows the Galapagos inside out and we can help you tailor-make your perfect Galapagos holiday. Just contact us on +44 207 337 9010 or click on Enquire Now.
Exploring the beautiful islands of the Galapagos is easy- there is a vast range of boats, from smaller sailing boats to larger cruise boats, with various routes, facilities and activities on offer. The Exsus team have detailed knowledge and personal experience of the many luxury boats which tour the Galapagos, and have handpicked the best ones to help you choose which Galapagos cruise is right for you. Just contact us to find out more.
Galapagos HotelsFor some, such as families travelling with smaller children, land-based stays may be a better option than a cruise for your holiday to the Galapagos. The Galapagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz is an amazing way to experience the islands' unique wildlife without taking to the seas, but also works very well combined with a few days on a boat. Whatever your priorities, we can tailor-make a Galapagos holiday to suit you.
The options for cruises in the Galapagos islands are limitless- just take your pick, from a small group tour on a sailing boat for a few days to a two-week cruise on a large boat- with everything else in-between, including activities for children, wildlife excursions on shore and marine adventures out to sea, such as snorkelling and diving. As well as all this, indulge in a range of onboard facilities such as hot tubs, so you can relax on your cruise while taking in the spectacular sights.
To see giant tortoises roam freely in the wild, head for Santa Cruz, which also hosts the largest human population in the Galapagos and is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station- Darwin’s research here in the 1830s inspired his writings on the theory of evolution by natural selection.
Isabela is the largest- and youngest- island in the Galapagos. It has some of its most beautiful beaches, most colourful wildlife (from the flightless cormorant to the marine iguana), and most incredible landscapes, including the spectacular Sierra Negra, the second largest volcanic crater in the world.
Named in honour of Christopher Columbus, San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos. As well as the exotic wildlife on land, this is a great spot for getting out on the water and surfing, kayaking and snorkelling. You can also dive with hammerhead sharks – a phenomenal experience!
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