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ISLAND HOPPING IN THE GALAPAGOS 2013
 
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The Islands
The Galapagos archipelago is made up of 13 major islands and 17 smaller islands. A combination of unusual characteristics have the made the Galapagos a sanctuary for exotic animals which have never learned a fear of humans. The islands are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water, beaches varying in colour from volcanic black to powdery white, mangrove lagoons and cactus forests.

Fernandina
This single active volcano is more than 5,000 feet high and one of the youngest island volcanoes of our planet. It’s location to the far west makes it one of the least visited islands and its volcanic activity makes the landscape unique. Fernandina is home to a large colony of marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins and the Galapagos flightless cormorant.

San Cristobal
San Cristobal is in the eastern corner of the archipelago and is also the oldest. This was the first island that Charles Darwin set foot and he was puzzled by the extremes of the island; volcanic peaks in the north and rich vegetation in the south. The central highlands are scattered with farms and has the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos. Red-footed, blue-footed and masked boobies make their home on the eastern side of the island and a unique type of mockingbird and lava lizard can be observed here.

North Seymour
North Seymour was formed by a volcano which rose from the sea. Brown and white rocks hold large amounts of life, but it is the sounds of seabirds will impress you most. See the magnificent male frigatebird with its red-scarlet pouch attract a mate, watch a couple of blue-footed boobies parade or watch sea lions playfully swim in the water.

Santa Cruz
Located near the centre of the archipelago, Santa Cruz is the centre of tourism in the Galapagos. Once upon a time violent eruptions occurred here now evidence of these eruptions can be seen by walking through lava caves. This is also a place where highland vegetation has taken over the volcanic boulders and provides food for the Galapagos giant tortoises which roam here. The coastal region offers spectacular scenery, with mangroves where turtles are often spotted and on the northern side, land iguanas and giant-tree cacti can be found. The island also hosts Ecuador’s largest conservation effort: the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Floreana
This island has long been a favourite of visitors including pirates, whalers, sailors, explorers and early settlers. Floreana is home to one of the oldest ways of posting items in the middle of the sea: Post-Office Bay. Still in use, this historic site is where mariners from around the world would deposit and collect letters from a post office barrel to be brought home by returning sailors. Flamingos can also be seen here and sea turtles nest upon beaches.

Isabela
Isabela is the largest island of the Galapagos and there is an extraordinary contrast of rugged volcanic landscapes and lush coastal environments. Walk over recent lava flows and search for flamingos, stilts and ducks in brakish lagoons. There are mangrove-rimed coves to explore where we can see feeding and resting grounds for sea turtles, rays, sharks and Galapagos penguins. Isabela’s rich animal, bird and marine life is beyond compare.

Tower (Genovesa) Island
This island which we visit with the Isabela II, is a low lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface and is an oasis for seabirds with thousands of frigatebirds, redfooted boobies and storm petrels coming here to nest.

Bartolome
Located just off the east coast of Santiago, Bartolome is a desolate island bestowed with a beauty all of its own. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations. Exploring the surrounding waters, it is possible to spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, stingrays, spotted eagle rays and white tipped sharks.

Rabida
Rabida geologically consists of eroded hills and lava emitted from spatter cones that have resulted in the island's striking colors. Marine iguanas and sea lions are often seen resting in the shades of the caves on the northern beaches. On the cliffs above the pelicans, blue-footed and masked boobies can be seen. This is the only opportunity visitors have for an up-close view of pelicans nesting.

Espanola (Hood)
Española's remote location helped make it a unique jewel with a large number of endemic creatures. Secluded from the other islands, wildlife on Española adapted to the island's environment and natural resources. The subspecies of Marine iguana from Española are the only ones that change color during breeding season. Gardner Bay is a wonderful location for swimming and snorkelling.

Santiago
This one of the central islands and was a favourite island for pirates and whalers. Highlights here include the fur seal grotto, pink flamingo lagoon as well as the chance to see Galapagos hawks, vermilion fly catchers and Darwin’s finch. Sullivan Bay, the youngest part of the island, consists of an impressively large lava flow of an eruption barely over a hundred years ago and walking over this young flow is a unique experience.

Day to Day Exploration
A full week of discovery allows an in-depth exploration into the flora, fauna, wildlife, geology and history of the Galapagos. The schedule will be flexible, determined by weather and sea conditions and wildlife sightings. Whilst cruising, you are free to relax or learn more from the naturalist guides. Explorations ashore will include island walks with your naturalist guide who will explain the flora and fauna and take you to the best places for wildlife sightings. There will be daily excursions by Zodiac to go ashore, landing on remote beaches and to explore the coastlines, taking full advantage of wildlife sightings. In addition there will also be daily opportunities to swim or snorkel to observe the diverse marine life.

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