Escorted Trips to the Galapagos Islands
Situated a thousand kilometres off the west coast of Ecuador in South America, the Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of thirteen volcanic islands, is a destination truly unlike any other on earth. It is not simply their barren, unspoilt beauty that makes the Galapagos Islands so special. Nor is it their fascinating history, which really begins with the archipelago's discovery by a Spanish clergyman in 1535 and subsequently features pirates, whalers and fur traders.
As the naturalist Charles Darwin discovered upon arrival in the early nineteenth century, and as fascinated visitors have discovered on trips to the Galapagos Islands ever since, it is the wildlife of the archipelago that makes this destination both unique and unforgettable. Here, sun-kissed golden beaches are crowded not with people but with basking sea lions that are totally unafraid of humans; enter the warm, clear waters that surround the islands and these friendly animals are only too keen to play.
Evolutionary isolation from the attentions of human beings have freed the many rare mammal, bird and reptile species that inhabit the Galapagos Islands from fearing man. Nowhere else is it possible to get as close to wildlife as it is here. But it's not necessary to be a wildlife enthusiast to be profoundly affected by the sheer natural beauty, tranquillity and oneness with nature that trips to the Galapagos Islands elicit in every visitor.