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  • seal on beach, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • colourful Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Blue Footed Boobie, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Red and orange crab,, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • seal on deserted beach, , Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Silhouette of Iguana, , Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Numerous sleeping seals on beach, , Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Crab walking on deserted beach, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands

A true wildlife extravaganza, there is nowhere else on earth quite like the Galapagos Islands. Lying 1000km off the Ecuadorian coast, these tiny volcanic islands harbour a dizzying array of species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Smoking volcanoes and lava fields tumble onto golden beaches which echo with cries of sea-birds and marine life. Giant tortoises sit alongside flamingos, albatross and iguanas while the bays teem with whales, rays and tropical fish. Once haven to buccaneers, pirates and whalers, the islands now sit at the crossroads of science and exploration, a living laboratory where plate tectonics and evolution begin to make sense! Most famously, Charles Darwin visited the islands in the 1830’s and centred his findings in the ground-breaking work “Origin of the Species”.
 
The Galapagos Islands are the natural highlight of any trip to the Americas. The breathtaking wildlife shows no fear of the outside world, long deprived of any natural predators, allowing visitors to get up and personal with each species, above and below the water. A Galapagos cruise is the perfect way to experience the archipelago and at Oasis Travel, we have handpicked the best boats and itineraries that allow you to make the most of your visit. 

From the shores, there are also hotels dotted on several islands that provide an ideal extension to any cruise. Snorkel in the morning, hike up a volcano in the afternoon and enjoy sunset from the pristine white expanse of a deserted beach.