A Galapagos cruise is one of the best ways to experience all that the islands have to offer because you can choose your itinerary and explore the Galapagos your way. The islands cover an area as big as 138,000 Km2 in the Pacific Ocean, and also the islands are very different due to their various volcanic ages. This means each island is a world by itself; therefore, the more islands you visit, the greater your experience.
The Top Five Reasons to Take a Galapagos Cruise
For many world explorers, the Galapagos Islands are a dream destination. If you are planning your first trip to the islands, there are many things to consider from how to get to the remote archipelago off the coast of Ecuador to what to see when you get there.
Many seasoned travelers choose to take a Galapagos cruise around the islands. A cruise with an experienced company like Metropolitan Touring will allow you to travel with ease around the islands and choose your own itinerary. Plus, a Galapagos cruise is a family-friendly experience that will provide an unprecedented opportunity for children to learn about and engage with the natural world. Many now choose the Galapagos for family reunions, graduation gifts, anniversary celebrations, and more. With that in mind, here’s the top five reasons to take a Galapagos Cruise.
Getting to the Galapagos Islands
It’s easy to get almost anywhere in the world thanks to 21st century technology, but the pristine environment of the Galapagos can still feel like a world away for many travelers. Naturalist Charles Darwin visited the islands during a round-the-world expedition 1831-1836, and that is still the easiest way to experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos Archipelago. If you book a Galapagos cruise with Metropolitan Touring, all you have to do is take an international flight to Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, or Ecuador’s largest port city, Guayaquil. Make sure you allow at least a day or two for getting to know these gem cities, and then a domestic flight will take you across 1,000 Km (612 miles) of the Pacific Ocean where you will arrive to one of the two airports: Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island. Here, is where you will board your ship, and your adventure will start almost right away.
Choose Your Own Itinerary
The Galapagos are one of the world’s most unique destinations, which means that each traveler should have a one-of-a-kind vacation. Many Galapagos cruise lines let you to choose your own itinerary whether you’re looking for a short trip that hits all of the Galapagos’ must-see sights or an eight-day cruise that allows you to explore the islands’ nooks and crannies. Joining cruises is also available, so make sure you ask to align two 4-night voyages together for a wonderful 8-night holiday. The maximum number of days you can travel in Galapagos without repeating one island is two weeks.
Metropolitan Touring offers several cruise options so you can choose your ideal Galapagos experience. You can take a five-day Galapagos cruise that covers all of the main sights on the islands of Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal or take an eight-day cruise of the western portion of the archipelago. Metropolitan Touring also offers travelers the opportunity to book a 12-day cruise to the Galapagos Islands and the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru.
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A Family-friendly Galapagos Cruise
The natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands make for an ideal family vacation. Children will be fascinated by the abundant wildlife in the Galapagos like the tuxedo-wearing Galapagos penguins and the islands’ iconic species, the Galapagos giant tortoise.
Metropolitan Touring offers an educational experience for children ages 6-12 during its cruises. The Pirates Aboard Programme gives youngsters educational and fun activities that will help them learn about the Galapagos biodiversity while spending time with family members. By no means, Galapagos is Disneyland or pretend to be a natural amusement park. Metropolitan Touring’s expedition vessels are equipped with additional options, including family friendly DVDs, games, and more. And, let’s not forget, families get a special treat by visiting the bridge with the company of the Captain.
Experience the Natural World
The remoteness of the Galapagos Islands means that its unique biodiversity has remained untouched for centuries. There’s so much to see that travelers might miss something they’ve waited a lifetime to experience if they plan their own Galapagos vacation. If you book a cruise with Metropolitan Touring, you can work with their experienced and knowledgeable staff to plan the holiday that is right for you. History buffs won’t want to miss the opportunity to follow in the great naturalist’s footsteps at the Charles Darwin Research Station while avid birders will want to photograph unique species like the blue-footed booby and the flightless cormorant.
Besides exploring the islands by foot, one of the most rewarding ways to experience nature in the Galapagos is through snorkeling. The rich diversity of the islands extends to the pristine waters of the Pacific that surround the islands. This is the world’s second largest marine reserve, and during any snorkeling trip, you will be able amazed by the combination of distant marine species coexisting in these waters. Watch sea turtles next to penguins, tropical fishes, rays, sea lions, and even reef sharks.
Relax in the Sun and Sand
A vacation to the Galapagos Islands gives visitors unprecedented opportunities for education and adventure, but there are also plenty of ways to relax in the sun and sand of the Pacific Ocean. Many different types of beaches are found here; some are coralline, while others are volcanic. They bring many colors too: white, black, green and even red! Each of Metropolitan Touring’s three expedition vessels offers luxurious amenities. The Santa Cruz II has three exclusive Darwin suites where you can be pampered by the attentive staff, and the Isabela II allows you to enjoy the Galapagos’ natural beauty while enjoying a gourmet meal in the al fresco deck. Yacht La Pinta, for just 24 couples, lets you immerse deeply into getting to know your island sites and your fellow companions on board.
If you want to experience even more sun and sand, you can check into the Finch Bay Eco Hotel during part of your stay. This secluded luxury hotel on Santa Cruz Island offers friendly service in a pristine natural setting. A stay at Finch Bay allows you to take daily cruises aboard a luxury yacht, or if you’re looking for some sun and sand, you can relax by the ocean to view wildlife or sit by the pool with a freshly prepared cocktail and a good book. Those who opt for a cruise and a stay at local Finch Bay Eco Hotel will understand the meaning of best of both worlds.