Utterly inspiring, the Galapagos Islands are a remote volcanic archipelago scattered either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, over 500 miles from the coast of Ecuador. This is the ultimate cruise destination for nature lovers, famed for their vast range of endemic species - from Galapagos land iguanas, the symbolic Galapagos giant tortoise, the islands' namesake, the popular blue-footed booby, to the Galapagos penguin (the only living tropical penguin, the waved albatross, and the Galapagos sea lion - many of which were studied by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle. His resulting studies and observations came to form a large part of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.
With the islands and surrounding waters forming the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve, conservation and sustainable tourism are key here, and landings are regulated. Expedition cruises offer an excellent opportunity to visit these remarkable islands, and their unique and fascinating wildlife, joined by specialist guest experts leading excursions and giving onboard lectures to deepen your insight.