Frozen by time and isolated from the rest of the world some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, one of the most legendary archipelagos on the planet emerges from the tropical waters of the Pacific. A true naturalist’s Eden for some, a laboratory of evolution for others, the enchanted archipelago has nevertheless remained for a long time, as Charles Darwin described it, an “infernal region”.
Considered one of the most active volcanic areas on the planet, the relief and coasts of the archipelago have been shaped by the telluric marriage of fire and water. Over the course of some 8 million years, these magnificent volcanic formations have witnessed an unparalleled natural evolutionary history and the proliferation of unique life forms.
Most of the organisms here are endemic, and therefore unique. Whether confined to small, isolated islets in the archipelago, to the Scalesia forests of the highlands of the larger islands, or to the deep blue sea, bathed in temperate tropical currents, all life forms are as exceptional as they are unique. Due to the lack of natural predators, flightless cormorants have lost their ability to fly and, driven by the combination of cold currents and abundant food, penguins have decided to leave Antarctica to nest here. What about the clumsy albatrosses that gather on the Española Island for their curious nuptial dance, under the awe of cobalt blue-legged boobies. All this and more makes up the amazing Galápagos Archipelago.
Our Galápagos itineraries are therefore not classic cruises and are essentially focused on the observation of the local birdlife, without however neglecting the other naturalist aspects of the archipelago. Because of their relaxed pace, they also provide excellent photographic opportunities. These cruises are accompanied by a local bilingual guide, allowing a better understanding of the naturalist interpretations but above all not to miss the correct identification of the Galápagos birds.
Special photo cruise to the Galapagos
The landscapes of the enchanted archipelago are most fascinating, as is the fauna that inhabits it. All these varied, unusual and mimetic creatures combine in a panel of black, grey, ochre and green matisses, giving the monochrome and placid scenery a few touches of movement. These surrealistic landscapes call for a deep intromission into a…Next departure on Sunday, April 16, 2023
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The Darwin's Endemics
This unique birding cruise has been carefully and extensively designed by our expert birders to maximise the observation of almost all the birds present on the Galapagos. The tour has been granted special permission by the Galapagos National Park to modify the traditional boat routes to anchor at all the important birding sites.Next departure on Thursday, June 01, 2023
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Special birding cruise to the Galápagos
Composed of 14 islands and hundreds of islets and rocks, the archipelago was born from a volcanic hot spot. Beyond this geological aspect, the Galapagos are also located on a point of convergence of many ocean currents. Thanks to this, the islands are subject to a succession of climates and seasons. In turn, the icy…Galápagos
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