The Galapagos Islands are a stunning archipelago of volcanic islands situated nearly 600 miles west of Ecuador. Deep in the Pacific Ocean, the islands are home to a wide array of biodiversity, including species found no where else on Earth, like the blue-footed booby, the marine iguana and the giant Galapagos tortoise. The islands are the perfect destination for a tourist looking to stray off the beaten path and enjoy the jewels of the natural world.
International Expeditions Galapagos Voyage
If you're looking to get up close and personal with the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, consider taking a voyage aboard the Evolution. This all-inclusive trip leads groups of no more than 32 people through the islands. The 10-day voyage starts off in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and moves to Cerro Brujo, where you can check out the famous blue-footed booby. Then, you'll head on to Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay, where you can get a good look at native sea lions. Next, you'll get to enjoy the beautiful waters of Darwin Bay, drift through the mangroves at Black Turtle Cove and return to Guayaquil. The package includes accommodations and meals for an average price of about $4,800 per person, as of 2009.
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Lost World Adventures
This 10-day tour can take you throughout a true mecca of biodiversity. Start off in Quito and then head to Española to explore the lava terrain. Bird watching is the name of the game on this island paradise. Head to Floreana to see the green sand beaches and then to Santa Cruz to see seals and blue-footed boobies. Check out the prickly pear trees and Darwin finches of Santiago, and the volcanoes of Fernandina. End your eco-excursion by viewing the 11 species of tortoises that inhabit Santa Cruz. All for an average price of $4,200, as of 2009.
Lost World Adventures
Start your five-day exploration in Baltra on your way to the Charles Darwin Scientific Station. Then head to Isla Plazas to feast your eyes on the massive sea lions that sun themselves on the shore. At Seymour Norte, you can see a blue-footed booby. At Isla Bartolome, you'll view the famous Pinnacle Rock. End your trip at the Twin Craters of Isla Santa Cruz. All meals, accommodations and guides on this excursion are included for an average price of $1,680, as of 2009.
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