Consisting of 13 large and hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos Islands, a region of Ecuador, are home to some of the world's most fascinating animal life. From Quito, Ecuador, fly to Baltra Island, then board your luxury yacht and cruise from island to island, encountering species found nowhere else in the world like giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, iguanas, and a whole host of diverse bird species. As you explore these remarkable volcanic isles firsthand, you'll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.
A Galapagos cruise is indeed a special, life altering event. Getting up close and personal with birds, mammals, and many varieties of sea creatures just can't be done elsewhere. It's like a lab that remains carefully sealed. There are many rules that help to maintain the unspoiled nature of these special islands. No ships with capacities over 100 passengers are allowed in the area. No matter who you go with, it will be on a small ship! There are very strict rules about going ashore. When going ashore you will be in an inflatable zodiac with a group of not more than 10 or 12.
Lindblad Expeditions - is a leader in Galapagos Islands cruises. They have some of the best wildlife experts for this part of the world on their staff.
Avalon Waterways - offers Galapagos cruises on the 44 passenger Isabella II. The ship is well suited to exploring the paradise that is the Galapagos.