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Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Combine luxury and exploration with an adventure in the land that Darwin made famous.

About 600 miles off the coast of #Ecuador lies The Galapagos Islands; a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife viewing. The terrain is isolated and home to a diversity of plants and animals that are not found elsewhere. Charles Darwin visited the #Galapagos Islands in 1835, and his observations of the islands influenced the basis of his theory of evolution.

Visiting this iconic locale can be accomplished either by joining a cruise that island hops or by staying at a luxury resort and yachting to a new island each day.

There are 18 islands in total and Isabela, the youngest of the islands, lies directly on the equator and is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. With a size of 1,790 sq miles, the island is home to more wild tortoises than the other islands and due to the unique topography, Isabela has sub-species of tortoises seen nowhere else. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans, and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound on this island. At the calderas of the volcanoes on Isabela, land iguanas and Galápagos tortoises can be observed, as well as Darwin finches, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves and diverse lowland vegetation.

Wander to Vicente Roca Point and observe the Blue-footed boobies. Once there, you will see a partially sunken cave along the wildly rocky coast and realize this is an incredible opportunity for you to observe life underwater. After grabbing your mask, fins, and snorkel you dive in for a close-up view of a menagerie of fish and of course green sea turtles.

Turtles swim past unhurriedly. Neatly camouflaged on the sandy floor you glimpse a ray. Reef sharks race within feet of you.

The Galapagos Islands provide dramatic marine life with the benefit of tame sea conditions. One of the stars of the islands, the green turtles, nest on the beaches and are a frequent attraction at most sites. December to March is a great time to see pregnant females close to the shore.

Once back on ship or at your resort you will be surrounded in upscale amenities and unparalleled service. From the epicurean cuisine, fine wine and spa services you will want for nothing. A perfect respite after a day spent adventuring and creating lasting memories on land and in the water.

Oh, and no worries if you are not an expert at snorkeling, the warm and shallow waters make the Galapagos an ideal destination for both beginner and experienced snorkelers.

Contact me today to learn more about this adventure into an underwater oasis. There is no way to fully appreciate Galapagos without seeing its wild beauty both above and below the water.

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