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Top 20 facts about the Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz II Cruise

The Galapagos Islands are regarded the world over as a unique destination, originally made famous...
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Top 20 facts about the Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz II Cruise

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Dragon Hill at Galapagos.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: Changing Seasons in Galapagos (feat. Mesmerizing Colors)

I love this time of year. May and June often tend to be my favorite...
Red-footed boobies spotted on Genovesa Island.
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Expedition Journal: A Delightful Red-footed Booby Encounter at Genovesa Island in Galapagos!

A red-footed booby encounter at Genovesa Island is probably one of the biggest reasons for...
A big group of hammerhead sharks in Galapagos.
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A Galapagos WOW Moment: Hammerhead Sharks Await!

There’s so much to see in the Enchanted Islands that it doesn’t really matter what...
Punta Vicente Roca is located at Isabela Island.
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A Galapagos WOW Moment: Whale Shark in Galapagos!

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago. It consists of six volcanoes that...
A Galapagos shark encounter.
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Expedition Journal: The Underwater Wonders of Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II

The underwater wonders of Galapagos are consistently present and active throughout they year, inviting visitors...
The Pinnacle Rock is a highlight of the Northern Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: Dolphins in Galapagos, Ahoy!

It was a beautiful afternoon when we arrived at the island of Bartolome aboard the...
Española Island.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Celebrating the Discovery and History of the Galapagos Islands Aboard Santa Cruz II

Human History of the Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands were discovered by accident one March...
Fernandina Island landscape.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

How Big are the Galapagos Islands?

It’s a common occurrence for the Galapagos Islands to be seen as a relatively small,...
Punta Suarez on Española Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Explore the Spectacular Highlights of our Eastern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II!

Regardless of when you choose to visit, the Galapagos Islands are consistently teeming with activity...
Galapagos giant tortoise eating.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Galapago or Galapagos? The Origin of the Name behind the Enchanted Isles

The Enchanted Isles, officially known as the Galapagos [plural] Islands are a group of islands...
Genovesa Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Interesting facts about the three types of boobies in the Galapagos

The Three Types of Boobies in the Galapagos Before you begin your Galapagos vacation, you...
Restaurant at Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise.
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Food on a Galapagos Cruise: We’ve Got You Covered

Napoleon once said that “an army can’t march on an empty stomach.” Here in the...
Tagus Cove is a visitor site on Isabela Island.
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Top 20 facts about the Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz II Cruise

The Galapagos Islands are regarded the world over as a unique destination, originally made famous...
A group of finches from the Galapagos Islands collected by Charles Darwin.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

What is Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and why is it significant?

Important ideas presented and supported by On the Origin of Species Natural Selection Scientific Naturalism...
Onboard Expedition Photographer Galapagos.
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Which Galapagos cruise offers an onboard Expedition Photographer?

An extra perk of booking your trip to the Galapagos Islands with the Santa Cruz...
Santa Cruz II's guests hiking on Isabela Island.
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How does the Santa Cruz II give back to the local Galapagos community?

People that inhabit the Galapagos archipelago live, for the most part, off of the (highly...
Endemic Galapagos hawk and sea lion.
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A Galapagos WOW Moment: The Birth of a Sea Lion on Santiago Island

READER WARNING: The following post contains graphic pictures depicting wildlife behavior in the Galapagos. Viewer...
Kids'll enjoy the explorations and activities aboard Santa Cruz II.
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What types of spaces are available for kids on the Santa Cruz II?

Due to the incredibly unique and rare wildlife that they are home to, the Galapagos...
View of the overwhelming eruption of Sierra Negra Volcano.
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Sierra Negra’s Volcanic Eruption: Bright, red skies ahead!

Last night, it surprised us again. Burning fire painted the sky with every possible shade...
Marriage proposal during an excursion on Bartolome Island.
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Expedition Journal: A Marriage Proposal in Galapagos!

Here on the Santa Cruz II, one of the biggest ships to operate in the...
Dragon Hill at Galapagos.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: Changing Seasons in Galapagos (feat. Mesmerizing Colors)

I love this time of year. May and June often tend to be my favorite...
Red-footed boobies spotted on Genovesa Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: A Delightful Red-footed Booby Encounter at Genovesa Island in Galapagos!

A red-footed booby encounter at Genovesa Island is probably one of the biggest reasons for...
A big group of hammerhead sharks in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Galapagos WOW Moment: Hammerhead Sharks Await!

There’s so much to see in the Enchanted Islands that it doesn’t really matter what...
Punta Vicente Roca is located at Isabela Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Galapagos WOW Moment: Whale Shark in Galapagos!

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago. It consists of six volcanoes that...
A Galapagos shark encounter.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: The Underwater Wonders of Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II

The underwater wonders of Galapagos are consistently present and active throughout they year, inviting visitors...
The Pinnacle Rock is a highlight of the Northern Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Expedition Journal: Dolphins in Galapagos, Ahoy!

It was a beautiful afternoon when we arrived at the island of Bartolome aboard the...
Española Island.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Celebrating the Discovery and History of the Galapagos Islands Aboard Santa Cruz II

Human History of the Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands were discovered by accident one March...
Fernandina Island landscape.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

How Big are the Galapagos Islands?

It’s a common occurrence for the Galapagos Islands to be seen as a relatively small,...
Punta Suarez on Española Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Explore the Spectacular Highlights of our Eastern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II!

Regardless of when you choose to visit, the Galapagos Islands are consistently teeming with activity...
Galapagos giant tortoise eating.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Galapago or Galapagos? The Origin of the Name behind the Enchanted Isles

The Enchanted Isles, officially known as the Galapagos [plural] Islands are a group of islands...
The view from the highest point of Bartolome Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Expedition Journal: A Day at Bartolome Island on our Northern Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Bartolome is a unique island that we get to visit on our Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary,...
Santa Cruz's guests and guides rescuing a turtle.
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Galapagos Rescue Moment aboard the Santa Cruz II: Saving the Islands, One Sea Turtle at a Time!

A Galapagos rescue moment that we recently had managed to be an incredibly amazing and...
South Plaza is a must-visit Island of the archipelago.
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Galapagos Weather: When to go, why it happens and what to expect

There are some who say that there are two sides to every coin, and Galapagos...
North Seymour, Galapagos Islands.
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A New Galapagos Adventure Aboard the Santa Cruz II

It’s always exciting to start something new. Even more exciting to start a new Galapagos...
Charles Darwin Research Station.
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What is the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos?

The Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos is a biological centre for the study and...
Snorkel on Genovesa in Galapagos.
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Expedition Journal: A Day at Genovesa Island in Galapagos

Our last stop on the Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos...
Santa Cruz II Cruise from Las Bachas.
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Are there Sustainable Cruises in Galapagos?

All cruises in Galapagos are as environmentally friendly as possible. In this day and age,...
Galapagos hawk and marine iguana.
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Galapagos Hawk on Fernandina: A Surprise from High Above

Fernandina is one of the smallest and geologically “newest” islands in the archipelago. It still...
Baby mockingbirds on Rabida Island.
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Galapagos Land Birds during the First Rains of Hot Season: Birders Get Ready!

Probably the most astounding fact that doesn’t get mentioned enough about the Galapagos Islands is that virtually all of the amazing wildlife can be seen...
Galapagos Naturalist Guides.
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Top Wow Moments in Galapagos Aboard the Santa Cruz II for 2018

In the Galapagos Islands, practically every moment is a wow moment. Life and landscapes are...
Service aboard Santa Cruz II makes the difference when exploring Galapagos.
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The Importance of Details: Eating and Sleeping in the Galapagos

When we are kids, many of us dream of being adventurers. We feel an urge...
Christmas iguanas can be found on Española Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Christmas Iguana: A Holiday Favorite

The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most unique and rarest of...
Puerto Ayora is one of the town ports in the archipelago.
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A Brief Tale of Two of the Biggest Cities in Galapagos: Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in Galapagos

The biggest cities in Galapagos are Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The archipelago is...
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Snorkelling with Fur Seals in Galapagos: The Cool Down Effect

Snorkeling with fur seals in Galapagos is a rare event. Fur seals are the second...
Flying fish over the water.
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Flying Fish in Galapagos: Skimming the Sky

Fluttering and splashing about in of the ocean like haphazard skipping stones, flying fish in...
Blue-footed Booby diving.
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Blue-footed Boobies: Some of the Best Divers in the Galapagos

Blue-footed boobies diving in the Galapagos is seriously exciting. These magnificent creatures are capable of...
Red-billed tropic bird flying.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Birding Experience on Genovesa Island: Expedition Blog

Genovesa Island is a great place with lots of hidden secrets that are awaiting to...
Snorkeling with sea turtles in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Sea Turtle Mating Season in Galapagos: A Tenacious Tale

Sea turtle mating season in Galapagos is quite a phenomenon to observe in the enchanted...
Galapagos giant tortoise live in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Giant Tortoises in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Never Stop Surprising Us!

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in Galapagos and, coincidentally, it hosts the second...
Endemic Galapagos hawk.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Hawks on Santa Fe Island: A Galapagos WOW Moment

Santa Fe is one of the older Islands in the Galapagos archipelago, but like most...
Protected Galapagos giant tortoises.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos Welcome 6 New Floreana Giant Tortoises Born in Captivity

Recovering an endangered species is no easy task. Years and many failed attempts must run...
The sunset from Champion Islet at Cormorant Point in Floreana Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Relaxing Activities Aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise 

The Galapagos Islands are known for mesmerizing and delighting the senses and minds of its visitors. To receive such tremendous...
Brown noddy on a rock.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Brown Noddies in Galapagos: Clever, Sea-based Pirates

Brown noddies in Galapagos (s. Galapagensis) are closely related to the tern family and are...
Galapagos finch flying.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

New Species of Galapagos Finch: Caught Red-handed!

A new species of Galapagos finch has been discovered! And what’s more? The process of...
The Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise is considered an expedition vessel.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Importance of Expedition Vessels in Galapagos

The importance of expedition vessels in Galapagos is often falsely undermined by the presence of...
The storm petrel is a Galapagos seabird.
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The Storm Petrel in Galapagos: A Bird Worth Looking Out For

The band-rumped storm petrel in Galapagos is going for its second round of nesting around...
The Galapagos marine iguana is an example of the evolution.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Marine Iguanas in Galapagos: Fascinating Evolutionary Adaptations

Marine iguanas in Galapagos – they amass in massive groups of greyish-black clusters atop the...
Sunset at Kicker Rock in Glapagos.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Top 5 Reasons Why the Galapagos Must be Protected

The Galapagos Islands, famous for harboring unique lifeforms, have earned their place on the map...
A wild cat found on Isabela Island.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

“What! Where?!” – A Collection of Unusual Moments in the Galapagos Islands

In spite of the Galapagos Islands being a wild place, we as guides and photographers...
Sea lion pups resting on the sand.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Sea Lion Pupping Season in November: The End of a Beautiful Period

Galapagos sea lion pupping season is as cute as it intense. In spite of the adorable and endearing nature of these newborn Galapagos sea lion pups, the modus operandi surrounding...
Galapagos land iguana in its natural habitat.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Getting to Know the Beautiful Galapagos Land Iguana

Wildlife in the Galapagos has a particular way of capturing our attention. Its bright colors,...
Santa Cruz II at Fernandina Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Best Islands to Visit in Galapagos: Make Your Trip Unforgettable

With a grand total of 14 islands that are open to visitors, guests traveling to...
Waved albatross flying.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Experience Waved Albatrosses in Galapagos Aboard the Santa Cruz II!

The waved albatross is the biggest bird found in the Galapagos Islands and is one...
Sea lion resting on the sand and visitors exploring Galapagos.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Social Responsibility and Conservation Efforts in Galapagos

When it comes to social responsibility and conservation efforts in Galapagos, Metropolitan Touring has been...
Galapagos lava heron.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Hey Birders! It’s Lava Heron Nesting Season in Galapagos!

Formerly known as the lava heron, this striated heron (Butorides sundevalli) is endemic to the...
Guests in Galapagos spotting wildlife.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Visitor Impact on the Galapagos Environment: How Big Is It?

Short answer: Virtually zero. When it comes to a UNESCO World Heritage Site as magnificent...
Environmentally-friendly activities aboard Santa Cruz II Expedition Vessel.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Real Deal Behind Galapagos Cruise Ship Size (Vol. II)

This is a follow up post to our The Real Deal Behind Galapagos Cruise Ship...
Nazca booby infanticide.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Nazca Booby Infanticide: Love Spelled Backwards is Evol-ution

My name is Felix Reyes and I am one of the two photographers aboard the...
Guests taking photos while exploring the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Why Do We Need Naturalist Guides in the Galapagos?

As one of the pioneers in ecotourism in the Galapagos, Metropolitan Touring has always been...
Puerto Ayora is one of the town ports in the archipelago.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Who Lives in the Galapagos?

Many are surprised to know the Galapagos are indeed inhabited. Even though the archipelago is...
Galapagos Naturalist Guides.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Metropolitan Touring in Galapagos: The Difference We Make for Future Guides

Our company, Metropolitan Touring – an Ecuadorian Company and pioneer of tourism in Ecuador and...
Sea lion and Galapagos hawk interacting.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Prey and Predator Share a Peaceful Moment on Rabida Island

Galapagos is a fast paced, ever-changing world where the landscape can drastically change in a...
Galapagos flightless cormorants.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Flightless Cormorants Nesting in Galapagos

Guests can witness flightless cormorants nesting in Galapagos during this time of year. Feathered but...
A mother sea lion smelling its pup.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Galapagos WOW Moment: The Birth of a Sea Lion on South Plaza Island

READER WARNING: The following post contains graphic pictures depicting wildlife behavior in the Galapagos. Viewer...
Galapagos frigatebird chick in the nest.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Pampered! Frigate birds during nesting season

One of the Galapagos Islands’ favorite bird is the frigate. Its long and elegant black...
Galapagos sea lions underwater.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Sea of Sea Lions on Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island, also known as Barrington, is home to a large colony of Galapagos...
Commemorating Charles Darwin in Galapagos.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Charles Darwin in Galapagos: The HMS Beagle leaves the Port of Callao, Bound for the Enchanted Isles

By this point, the voyage of the HMS Beagle has now lasted nearly four years....
Waved albatrosses seen while exploring Española Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Albatrosses & their Unique Fledging Behavior on Española Island

It’s during this time of year that many birds remain very active at their nesting...
Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise has its own sustainable practices.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

What’s the Difference between a Cruise Ship and an Expedition Vessel in Galapagos?

First things first: there are no cruise ships operating in Galapagos. Why, you might ask?...
Snorkeling with penguins at Tagus Cove in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Snorkeling with Galapagos penguins

The Galapagos penguin is one of the most iconic species of the Archipelago. It is...
Newborn Galapagos tortoise.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Delicate Balance between Temperature and Gender with Reptiles in Galapagos

There are those who say that a drop of water can change the ocean. In...
Guests with a Galapagos giant tortoise.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Top 3 Things You Can Only Do In Galapagos (Vol. 2)

The fun and novelty never ends in the Galapagos! With incredibly unique wildlife and otherworldly...
Rabida Island landscape
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos is Worth the Trip

Rise and Shine In order to get to the Santa Cruz II, most of our...
Galapagos frigatebird chick in the nest.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Ahoy! Frigatebird Chicks Are Cracking Open this Month!

Summer may be on its way out throughout much of the northern hemisphere, but that...
Pair of Galapagos hawks on a rock.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos Hawk: Courtship & Nesting Behavior

Bold and majestic, the Galapagos hawk glides across the deep blue skies of Galapagos, its...
Nazca booby on Genovesa Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Nazca Boobies During Nesting Season on Genovesa

Galapagos wildlife’s indifference to human presence is pretty novel. Swimming with sea turtles and sea...
Whale seen in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

LOVE YOUR UPWELLINGS! Basking in the Underwater Coolness of the Tropics

I’m sure we’ve all experienced it while calmly swimming in warm water: a nippy bit...
Standford University visits the Galapagos Islands aboard the Santa Cruz II Cruise.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

A Bonding Trip: Stanford University Visits Galapagos

Here on the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise we are always pleased and delighted to...
Guest viewing rock formations in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Discover the Galapagos

The Spirit of Exploration How must it be, to be the first one to find...
Blue-footed boobies endemic animals.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Blue-footed Booby Chicks!

Are you into cute and fluffy baby birds? Then you will love what the winds...
Group of sea lions near a shore.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

Lessons from Hindsight: The Top 3 Things I Learned During My Flight Back Home from the Galapagos

The wheels of the plane lift off from the tarmac. Through the window, I watch...
American flamingos spotted at Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos Flamingo Courtship Season

It’s courtship season for the Galapagos flamingo! The months of July and August are the...
Galapagos short-eared owl spotted in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Genovesa: The Island of the Galapagos Short-eared Owl

The Galapagos Short-eared Owl is endemic to the archipelago, and is considered a subspecies of...
Galapagos penguin on a rock.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Understanding extinction in the Galapagos

We’ve heard it mentioned in the news so often that sadly, extinction is no strange...
Galapagos Islands sunset.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Most Photogenic Landscapes of Galapagos

Numerous and fantastic photogenic landscapes of Galapagos await each visitor that come prepared with their...
Bottlenose dolphins in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Dolphins in the Galapagos! 

Supremely playful in their demeanor and aquatic way of life, dolphins in the Galapagos tend to dazzle lucky visitors with their whimsical and curious dance. These fascinating creatures are incredibly friendly and have their...
Galapagos short-eared owl spotted in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Owls of the Galapagos: A Nocturnal Creature With Super Eyesight

It might seem odd to think you can find a creature like an owl on...
Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise experience.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Solo Travel in Galapagos: What’s the Best Way to Go About It?

Some say traveling alone is the single best gift you can ever give yourself. Many...
Santa Cruz environmental compliance.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Real Deal Behind Galapagos Vessel Size (Vol. 1)

There are those out there who proclaim that Galapagos vessel size can make or break...
Marble ray spotted in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Marble rays in the Galapagos

On the last day of the Western Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II, you...
Snorkeling with some playful sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Ridiculously Playful Nature of Sea Lions in Galapagos

Our day began on the last full day of our Western Islands itinerary aboard the...
Galapagos sea turtle at the bottom of the ocean.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

My Favourite Sea Turtle Experience Aboard the Santa Cruz II

I had the opportunity to snorkel with some sea turtles once. It was around 4...
Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

First Day Aboard the Santa Cruz II

As working adults, we all usually wake up at the same time, have coffee, go...
Santa Cruz II's guests exploring North Seymour Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

North Seymour Frigates and Boobies

The Galapagos Islands are often times such a unique and wonderful place in the world...
Landscape of Floreana Island.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Ecuador Facts (Vol. I): An Interesting Collection of Natural Wonders and Achievements

Rising in popularity as one of the biggest and hottest places to travel to, Ecuador...
Punta Vicente Roca is located at Isabela Island.
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Galapagos Experience Testimonial

Jill Jhonsen: I’m Jill Jhonsen. I’m from Seattle, Washington, United States. My expectations before I...
Galapagos frigatebird showing its gular sac.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Frigatebirds: A Colorful Medley of Courting & Nesting

If a picture is worth a thousand words of us humans, then a shade of...
Marine iguanas spotted at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

The Beauty of an Intimate Galapagos Vacation 

The Extra Space Makes All the Difference Not many people like the feeling of being...
Galapagos vegetation during the hot season.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

A Brief History of Plant Life in the Galapagos

“It looked as though God had caused it to rain stones,” were the words Tomás...
Baby oystercatcher along with another oystercatcher on the shore.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Galapagos Baby Oystercatcher

There are few places on this Earth that leave you incapable of expressing the level...
Adolescent girls taking a picture on Galapagos Islands' shore.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Photography in Galapagos: What’s There to Snap?

Become a Galapagos Photographer A bounty of memories awaits in the form of photographs when...
Guests in Galapagos spotting wildlife.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Itchy Feet? Here’s A Number of Things To Do in the Galapagos!

Galapagos will cater to a number of interests that visitors are looking to satisfy. Be...
Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Expanding Your Horizons: The Best Island and Wildlife Coverage in the Galapagos

We all want to make the most out of life and what it has to...
American flamingos
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

A Tour in Pink: American Flamingos at Las Bachas

There were a wide-open blue sky and mesmerizing clouds that drifted over us in giant puffs...
Galapagos sea lion mom and pup resting.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Cuties of the Archipelago: Galapagos Sea Lion Pups

Galapagos Sea Lion Pups (Everyone’s Weak Spot, Even If We Don’t Want to Admit It)...
Marine iguana and its egg.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Hope Cracks Open: Marine Iguanas Hatching in the Galapagos

Dark and captivating in their abilities, marine iguanas truly are a sight to behold in...
Landscape of Floreana Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Pure Shores: Exclusive Visitor Sights in the Galapagos

How exactly should one picture exclusive visitor sights in the Galapagos? Well, imagine yourself walking...
Naturalist Guides in Galapagos.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Multi-guided Expeditions in the Galapagos: Consider This Before Your Trip

Why Consider Multi-Guided Expeditions? If you had to be guided in an exotic place, or anywhere...
Newborn Galapagos tortoise.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Conservation Priorities: Setting the Giant Tortoises Free

Setting the Giant Tortoises Free The conservation of the Galapagos Islands, its fragile ecosystem and...
Champion Islet from Cormorant Point.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

A Stop at Cormorant Point: Golden Glaze Goodbye

It’s the end of our expedition here aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise. One...
Puerto Egas on Santiago Island.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Changing Seasons in Galapagos: Drier Days are on the Horizon!

The different seasons in Galapagos are a surprise to many. The tropics are usually seen...
View of Puerto Ayora at night time.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Semana Santa in Ecuador: Traditions that Paint the Portrait of a Country

In Ecuador, approximately 95% of the entire population identifies as Roman Catholic. One needs no...
Española Island is visited during the Santa Cruz's Eastern Galapagos Itinerary.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

The Oldest Island in the Archipelago: Early Morning on Española

The Oldest Island in the Archipelago Early morning on Española Island felt hot from the...
Galapagos albatrosses resting in the bushes.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Albatrosses on Española Island: Return of the Long-lost Mate

It’s that time of the year again when Galapagos albatrosses have their eyes set on...
View of Santiago Island landscape.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos National Park was established in 1959, a year which happened to coincide with...
Woman diving near a shark in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Sharks: Forget Everything You Think You Know About Sharks

Sharks. We’ve all come to fear them in one way or another, be it through...
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno boardwalk.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

History of San Cristobal: some historical facts you never knew about

History of San Cristobal, the easternmost island. San Cristobal is one of the geologically oldest...
Earth cantaloupe by Santa Cruz Cruise's crew.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Earth Hour 2017

Having the privilege of enjoying a night sky free of light is pretty rare. Nowadays,...
Sunset at Las Bachas.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Invasive Species on the Galapagos Islands: Before and After

Understanding Invasive Species in the Galapagos Islands Goats and Blackberries: More Dangerous Than They Sound...
Sally lightfoot crab moving in between rocks.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Food Fight! Sally Lightfoot Crabs at Tagus Cove

Hungry sally lightfoot crabs at Tagus Cove feast in the most unexpected of ways, sometimes....
Charles Darwin Research Station.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

What to Expect from the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos

 How the Charles Darwin Research Station came to be In 1959, the Charles Darwin Foundation...
Puerto Ayora is one of the town ports in the archipelago.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Flying to Galapagos: Which Airport Should You Choose?

IMPORTANT NOTICE An updated version of this blog has been published over on our main...
Santa Cruz environmental compliance.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Activities on the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise

There’s a lot to look forward to during this month of March in the Galapagos....
View of Santa Cruz Cruise at night time.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Stargazing in the Galapagos: The Archipelago Will Host an Important Regional Astronomical Congress

Stargazing in the Galapagos is quite the spectacle. With its fiery sunsets, intense blue skies...
Tortuga Bay landscape.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Tortuga Bay Rounds Out the World’s Top Ten Beaches

Coming in at #10 on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the World for this year is...
Woman diving with a whale shark in Galapagos.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

3 Main Tips to Choose your Galapagos Expedition

The Galapagos Islands. You’ve dreamt of it for a lifetime. A place where history has been...
Lonesome George, the most famous Galapagos giant tortoise.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Welcome to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s new Lonesome George exhibit room and walkways!

After a year-long renovation at the Charles Darwin Research Station that limited visits to certain...
Lonesome George giant tortoise.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Legacy of Lonesome George

Lonesome George was thought to be a century old by the time he died at...
Galapagos giant tortoise eating.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Love Erupts Between Galapagos Tortoises in the Wild!

13th February 2017 Visits to Santa Cruz tend to be special ones. Sure, there’s always the...
Santa Fe iguana found on Santa Fe Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Morning Hike with our Endemic Companions: Santa Fe Land Iguanas

11th to 15th February 2017 This Sunday, while we were on an expedition to the...
Snorkeling with fish in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Deep Blue Sea: Deep Water Snorkelling in Galapagos

7th February 2017 Santiago Island Our adventure that early morning began at a visitor site...
Galapagos albatrosses resting in the bushes.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Amazing Galapagos Birds by Land, Shore, and Sea

The Galapagos Islands are home to 56 native bird species. 45 species are endemic Galapagos...
Celebration of Charles Darwin Day in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

International Darwin Day: 5 Fascinating Facts about Charles Darwin

This Sunday, February 12th is International Charles Darwin Day. There is no better way to...
Galapagos Islands Museum.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

New Museum in Galapagos Opens its Doors in Puerto Ayora

The human history of Ecuador is unknown to most of its visitors. In fact, sometimes...
A couple of flightless cormorants with its chick in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Flightless Cormorants: Birds that Swim!

Birds fly, fish swim, right? Not always. Flightless cormorants are the exception. All cormorant species are swimmers,...
American flamingos spotted at Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Bachas Beach with American Flamingos: Welcome to the Enchanted Islands

9th January 2017 Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island For guests...
A couple of flightless cormorants nesting.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Birdwatching in Galapagos: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Islands

Birdwatching in Galapagos stands alone in terms of biodiversity and bird sighting opportunities. The archipelago’s...
A Galapagos butterfly a top a flower.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Bzzz: On the Lookout for Galapagos Insects

Since the Galapagos archipelago sits along the equator, visitors to the Galapagos often arrive loaded...
Landscape of Fernandina Island.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Fernandina Island: The Youngest Island of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands were formed by volcanic activity. The oldest islands, Española and San Cristobal,...
Close up of a Galapagos racer snake.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Sneaky Sneaky: Encounters with Galapagos Racer Snakes

Santa Cruz II 5th January 2017 Galapagos racer snakes have taken center stage, co-starring alongside...
Adolescent girls taking a picture on Galapagos Islands' shore.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Teens in Galapagos? here is your guide to fun activities for them

Galapagos is a great place to visit as a family. There are lots of activities...
Orca near a panga ride in Galapagos.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

A Lucky Surprise for Nature Lovers: Whale Watching in Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a bucket-list destination for more reasons than one: in addition to...
Different species of fish of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Dive in: Get to Know Your Tropical Galapagos Fish

Galapagos fish may not be as famous as the islands’ other animal inhabitants. The Galapagos...
Christmas iguanas can be found on Española Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Christmas Iguana, A Surprise Gift For Everyone

A Christmas Stop at Cormorant Point 25th December 2016 After a week in paradise, the...
Sunset at Las Bachas.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

El Niño in Galapagos: How will natural climate cycles affect my trip?

Travelers tend to be concerned about planning their vacation when there is an El Niño...
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Unique Encounters with Nature on a Galapagos Expedition

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Expedition 28th November to 2nd December 2016 María del Carmen Ramírez...
Galapagos frigatebird showing its gular sac.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds: Galapagos’ Pirates of the Air

Great and magnificent frigatebirds take their name from frigates, a kind of warship once commonly...
Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural habitat.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative Update

An extensive and highly successful Galapagos giant tortoise restoration and conservation initiative has been underway...
Snorkeling with sea turtles in Galapagos.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

Marine Reserve in the islands provides hope for sharks

On March 21, 2016, divers, researchers and environmental activists alike had reason to celebrate following...
Galapagos marine iguana over a rock
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Astonishing Hybrid Iguana in Galapagos

Although the fame of the Galapagos Islands is heavily linked to the term ‘evolution,’ it...
Short eared-owl standing next to a tree.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Owls in the Galapagos – daytime hunting and binocular vision

In an archipelago where lizards lounge along footpaths and birds fearlessly lay their eggs in...
Lava cactus on barren lava flows at Fernandina Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Vegetation – The Support System

The plants that coat the floor of the Galapagos Archipelago are as intriguing and rare...
Blue-footed booby feeding.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos’ Diving Masters, the Blue-footed Boobies

One of the most amazing things about sea birds is their ability to adapt to...
Woman diving with a whale shark in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Helping the Peaceful Galapagos Whale Shark

Stories of gigantic beasts such as the horrific megalodon shark and 5-story-tall dinosaurs seem to...
Buttonwood mangroves at Finch Bay Hotel.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Ancient Galapagos Mangroves

As your vessel approaches the Galapagos National Park, notice that many of the coastal shores...
Mockingbird in Galapagos during hot season.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Social Network of the Galapagos Mockingbirds

Mockingbirds are known for being quite curious and pesky birds, able to imitate the songs...
View of Santiago Island landscape.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Buccaneer’s Cove in Santiago Island – An Anchor Place

Buccaneer’s Cove in Santiago Island is an amazing location. It is located on the northwest...
Sunset at Kicker Rock in Glapagos.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Landmarks and Volcanic Formations in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Archipelago formed as a result of the submarine Galapagos hotspot, which has spouted...
Man getting a close look at a sea lion pup.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Wildlife Viewing Rules in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands were made famous by British naturalist Charles Darwin, who visited the islands...
Santa Cruz II's guests hiking on Isabela Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Understanding Galapagos Weather

Despite the fact that the Galapagos Archipelago is located directly on the equator, life in...
Orca near a panga ride in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Marine Mammals, did you know that Orcas are a type of dolphin?

People travel to the Galapagos Islands from all over the globe for a chance to...
Landscape of Fernandina Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Why Punta Espinoza in Fernandina Island is One of the Top Attractions in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are an incredible place to explore for travelers who are looking for...
Landscape of Floreana Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

6 Reasons to Visit the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are rich with wildlife and have been well preserved for visitors to...
View of the overwhelming eruption of Sierra Negra Volcano.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Volcanic History of the Galapagos Islands – How did the Galapagos Volcanoes Form?

Though wildlife is the typical draw, there are other equally fascinating aspects to the natural world...
Galapagos islands night view.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Why Visit the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos is made up of 14 main bodies and 6 small isles in the...
Bucaneer Cove on Santiago Island.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

A perfect day on Santiago Island

Sunrise caught us on Santiago Island with the Monk Rock right in front of us....
Dolphins encounter around Bartolome Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are home to over 24 different species of dolphin and whale. Some...
South Plaza landscape.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The incredible South Plaza Island in Galapagos

South Plaza Island in Galapagos is one of my favorite islands in the Eastern Itinerary. It’s...
Family enjoying time at Galapagos beach.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Kids in Galapagos – Tips for Bringing them to the archipelago

The Galapagos Islands are a top destination choice because they’re educational, interesting and fun. Appropriate...
American flamingos spotted at Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Interesting Facts about Galapagos Flamingos

Flamingos are some of the most beautiful and interesting birds in the world, and those...
Close up of a sally lightfoot crab.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Dance of the Sally Lightfoot Crab

Saltwater crabs pervade almost every shore you visit, but in the Galapagos Islands, known for...
Close up of a sea lion's head.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Islands of the High Hopes – Galapagos Sea Lions

The sea lions that lounge on seemingly every available sunny spot in the Galapagos Islands,...
Guest viewing rock formations in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Working Together for a Healthy Galapagos – Learn about the Galapagos laws

The Galapagos Islands are world-renowned as a living laboratory of evolution, home to remarkably unique...
An orca sighting near a panga ride.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

An Incredible Performance with Orcas in Galapagos

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Espanola – Gardner Bay – We didn’t know that on the last day...
Sea lion and bird at Galapagos Islands' shore.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Interesting Galapagos Islands Facts

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the top adventure tourism destinations in the world. The...
The giant tortoise is one of the Galapagos endemic species.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Giant Tortoises in the Galapagos

“The giant tortoises of Galapagos are among the most famous of the unique fauna of...
Snorkeling with penguins.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Water Activities to Try on Your Trip to the Galapagos

When traveling to the Galapagos Islands, remember that activities to enjoy are not limited to...
A lava tunnel of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Mysteries of Galapagos Geology

The Galapagos Islands represent a rich paradise for geology and nature lovers alike. This archipelago...
Galapagos penguin on a rock.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Fascinating Facts about Galapagos Penguins

Living on the equator, the Galapagos penguins stand out from other species in several ways....
Sunset at Las Bachas.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

On a Day Like Today – Charles Darwin Story

AUGUST 29, 1831 – Charles Darwin Story: On a day like today, 185 years ago,...
Galapagos lava lizard.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Lava Lizards

The Galapagos lava lizards, like the sea lion, is one of those Galapagos animals that...
Guests on a panga ride in the Galapagos islands.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

The best time to visit the Galapagos will depend upon your travel goals and flexibility....
Snorkeling in the Galapagos islands with its marine life.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Unique Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are filled with a diverse collection of fauna, many of which you...
South Plaza is a must-visit Island of the archipelago.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Secrets of the Galapagos That No One Tells You About

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their diverse and unique plants and animals. In spite...
Close view of a Galapagos fur seal.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos Fur Seal – heavy fur coats under scorching sun

The endemic Galapagos fur seal is typically thought of as the less common version of...
Mangrove finch standing on a twig
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Darwin Finch – Do Mangroves have Finches?

Saving the Mangrove Finch from Extinction The mangrove finch is an unassuming little bird with...
Galapagos land iguana in its natural habitat.
Galapagos News | < 1 MIN READ

The Recovery of the Galapagos Land Iguana

The Galapagos land iguana once roamed the islands in impressively large numbers. Back in 1835,...
Snorkeling with penguins at Tagus Cove in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Swimming with penguins in Galapagos!

Bartolome– Santiago, 15-June-2016: Everyone was excited and ready to start with the activity for that morning which...
Puerto Ayora is one of the town ports in the archipelago.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Puerto Ayora

A total of 97% of the Galapagos Islands is protected under national park status and...
Punta Suarez landscape on Española Island.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

A Great Show at Española Island!

SKY HIGH, 21-June-2016: It is amazing how much the weather can change in a very short period...
A group of Galapagos penguins on a rock
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Only Equatorial Tropical Penguin

Of all the wonders in the Galapagos Islands, one of the most spectacular is that...
Guests at the Galapagos Post Office
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Post Office Bay

The Galapagos Islands, goofy blue-footed birds, Charles Darwin, and…one of the world’s first post offices??...
Galapagos marine iguana over a rock
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Salt-spitting Galapagos Marine Iguana

Carefully stepping over these miniature dragon-like animals as they lazily lounge along the path, they...
Santa Cruz's guests taking photos of some dolphins in Galapagos.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Dolphin Race at Isabela Island

Vicente Roca, Isabela – (26/MAY/2016) – Morning was going as usual in Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. Everybody...
Galapagos finch.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Finches, one of the most renowned species

Compared to the clownish blue-footed boobies and colossal giant tortoises, the dull little bird with...
Newborn Galapagos tortoise.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Baby Sea Turtle in a Raw World (so beautiful yet so cruel)

Floreana Island, 15/MAY/2016 –  Last day of an amazing week in paradise. The group on board...
Guests on a panga ride in the Galapagos islands.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Book a Tour to Visit the Galapagos Islands National Park

The volcanic archipelago located about 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador is known...
A Santa Cruz II's guest interacting with a Nazca booby on Española Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

What to Pack for a Trip to Galapagos

After you have booked your trip to the Galapagos Islands, the next step is to...
Guest viewing rock formations in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Interesting history of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands were not always known as a ‘living laboratory,’ famed for their unique...
Sunset at Puerto Egas.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Best Beaches of the Galapagos Islands

When you’re planning your trip, the beaches of the Galapagos Islands are some of the...
Sunset view at Isabela Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

The Best Nightlife on the Galapagos Islands

People from all over the world visit the Galapagos Islands to see the extraordinary wildlife. In...
Snorkeling with some playful sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Snorkeling in Galapagos Through the Beautiful Waters

Snorkeling in Galapagos is the ideal way to view some of the amazing marine life that surrounds...
Group of sea lions resting on Gardner Bay.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Charming Wonder of the Galapagos Sea Lion

Perhaps the most common of all the species you will see while cruising in the...
Galapagos Cruise Santa Cruz II.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

How to See the Sights in the Galapagos, why a Galapagos Cruise?

A Galapagos cruise is one of the best ways to experience all that the islands...
View of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Isabela Island in Galapagos – A Wildlife Lover’s Paradise

Discover Enchanting Isabela Island in Galapagos Islands Many people dream of an escape to the...
Darwin Bay in Genovesa Island.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Hike the Northern Islands – Genovesa Island in Galapagos

Hiking Genovesa Island in Galapagos – one of the Northern Islands  The Galapagos Islands is...
Landscape of Floreana Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Highlights of Galapagos Islands – Natural History and Beauty

If you ask most biologists or ecologists about the single most important landscape to shape...
Landscape of Fernandina Island.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

A Guide to See the Biodiversity of the Galapagos When On Vacation

How Does Biodiversity Work in the Galapagos Islands? The Galapagos are widely known for having many...
Red-footed booby flying.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Red-footed Boobies in Galapagos – the most unusual booby species

Red-footed boobies in Galapagos, like their blue-footed amigos, are endowed with a rather clownish appearance...
North Seymour, Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Reasons to Visit the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are an intriguing destination for seasoned travelers. They provide unparalleled access to...
Santa Cruz's guests taking photos in Galapagos.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Capturing the Wonders of Pristine Nature through a Camera

The purity of the Galapagos Islands is spectacular, and for wildlife photographers it is a...
Machu Picchu in Peru.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Machu Picchu a Lost City in Peru

Machu Picchu – A Lost City Many of us know Machu Picchu to be spectacular...
Giant tortoises' location map.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Fourteen Maps of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Maps: The Galapagos Archipelago is composed of 19 central islands covering an impressive 28,000...
Tortuga Bay landscape.
Galapagos Activities | < 1 MIN READ

Relax in the Sands of a Galapagos beach right at Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is located on Santa Cruz Island, the largest island in the central region...
Galapagos islands BIG15 nazca boobies.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

The Nazca Booby

The avian term “booby” is typically linked to an odd little blue-footed bird that struts...
Protected Galapagos giant tortoises.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Islands Giant Tortoise

The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is one of the most iconic species that inhabits the famed...
Vegetation of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Habitats of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are not your average equatorial archipelago in more ways than one. It is...
Bartolome Island Galapagos at sunset
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Islands Showcase

The Galapagos Islands are never at peace, but instead are undergoing a continual process of...
Animal species of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

First Passages to the Galapagos: How the Flora and Fauna Evolved in the Archipelago

Visitors to the Galapagos Islands are often surprised by the display of life that they...
Red-footed booby on a tree.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Red-Footed Boobies Population Bounces Back

On January 25, 2016, Galapagos Conservancy announced the fabulous news that the population of red-footed...
Blue-footed booby displaying its wings.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Blue-footed Boobies

Blue-footed booby Galapagos Islands map A visual representation of where you can find blue-footed boobies...
Blue-footed booby and its chick.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Blue footed booby

General Description  Blue-footed boobies are large sea birds (70-90cm in length with a five-foot wingspan)...
Snorkeling with marine turtles in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

The Galapagos are special because

“The Galapagos are special because we, in our wisdom, have decided to protect them as...
Lonesome George giant tortoise.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Lonesome George and Diego’s untold story

Lonesome George and Diego’s untold story Galapagos giant tortoises Lonesome George was a living icon...
Eden Islet on North Seymour Island.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos’ Islands Evolution

Galapagos’ Evolution In the Galapagos archipelago, the theory of evolution seems to be plainly and...
Galapagos vegetation during the hot season.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Islands flora

Galapagos flora Birds have been one of the culprits of plant colonization on the islands. Wind...
Galapagos penguin on a rock.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Tropical Penguin and Unique Galapagos Birds

The only tropical penguin   A lot of animals in the islands are astonishing to...
Galapagos sea lion mom and its pup.
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Animals: From Mammals to the Creatures Down Under

Mammals   Mammals on the islands are few and far between a native rice rat,...
Galapagos marine iguana on a rock.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Thar she blows

“It’s not down on any map. True places never are” Moby Dick, Hermann Melville Thar...
Galapagos Islands German settlers.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

World’s End – Baroness Wagner-Bosquet

“We left the restless metropolis and journeyed away to the quiet of the ages, which...
Guests on a panga ride in the Galapagos islands.
Galapagos Tips and Information | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Cruise / Galapagos Vacation Personality Quiz

In order to, perhaps, simplify the task of finding out if you are fit for...
Marine iguana and penguin on a rock.
Galapagos History | < 1 MIN READ

Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory of evolution

   The animals of Galapagos evolved and developed in isolation for millennia. Although the islands...
Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise exploring the archipelago.
Testimonials | < 1 MIN READ

We took the MV Santa Cruz on the 6 day 5 night Western Islands

It was one of the BEST vacations we have ever experienced. We found every aspect...
Bartolome Island Galapagos at sunset
Galapagos Wildlife | < 1 MIN READ

Sperm Whales at Sunset in the Islands

Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest members of the toothed whales (odontoceti), unique in...
Sunset at Kicker Rock in Glapagos.
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Post Office Bay on Floreana Island.
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