With an abundance of wildlife that's so unique you won't see it anywhere else on earth, there's nowhere more thrilling than Ecuador's pristine Galápagos Islands.

It was Darwin's Origin of Species that made these islands so famous, but the wildlife here has made them absolutely legendary. Whether it’s the comical Blue-footed Boobies, the stately Giant Tortoises or Marine Iguanas gliding through the water, the creatures that inhabit this famous archipelago are as engaging as they are unique.

Cruising the Western Galápagos gets you close to it all, in all sorts of ways. You can kayak below the bird cliffs, hike across the hills to see giant tortoises and lava lizards in the wild – even swim with penguins, snorkel with sea lions and spot sea turtles; all guided as you go by local naturalists guides who've spent their lifetime studying this pristine natural laboratory.


Of course, there's so much more to see and do here: visit tidal pools and lava fields, Pinnacle Rock and saltwater lagoons; or hike along lava tunnels and back to the beginning of time.

On Floreana Island, visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre for the chance to see both the domed tortoise and the iconic saddleback tortoise after which the islands were named; Post Office Bay – one of the few spots in the archipelago that is visited for its human history; and Champion Islet for some of the best snorkeling found anywhere in this remarkable archipelago.

Enchanting Galápagos

7 Days ​- Western Galápagos (Baltra to Baltra)

​Day 1

Baltra Embark Silver Galapagos

​Day 2

Bartolomé Playa Espumilla, Santiago

​Day 3

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Punta Espinoza, Fernandina

​Day 4

Caleta Tagus, Isabela Bahía Elizabeth, Isabela

​Day 5

Post Office Bay, Floreana Punta Cormorant; or Corona del Diablo; or Champion, Floreana

​Day 6

Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, San Cristóbal Wizard Hill, San Cristóbal

​Day 7

Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre, Santa Cruz

​Day 8

​Baltra Following breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight from Baltra Airport


But it's not just the abundance of unique wildlife here; it's their fearlessness that makes the Galápagos a nature lover's dream. Watch bellowing elephant bulls challenge each other in a spectacular display; admire the courtship of the Blue-footed Booby and step over marine iguanas as they bask lazily in the sun.

This region is also as renowned for its penguin spotting as it is for its spectacular volcanic landscapes; over 95% of Galapágos Penguins live in these islands, and it's the only area to see the endemic Flightless Cormorant too.


Expedition Highlights

  • Walk across spectacular lava fields
  • Explore tidal pools, lush mangroves and Scalesia forests
  • See pelicans and penguins along the rocky shores
  • Encounter the largest colony of marine iguanas
  • Watch for a unique species of Flightless Cormorant
  • Visit one of Earth's most volcanically-active places
  • Discover a saltwater lagoon within a volcanic tuff cone
  • Read cave inscriptions from the 1800s
  • Learn of the islands' whaling history and early Norwegian settlers
  • See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles
  • Observe giant tortoises and sea lion colonies
  • Photograph iconic Pinnacle Rock
  • Swim with Green Sea Turtles, Sea lions & Manta Rays
  • Visit Bird Island home to over 30 bird species
  • Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue footed Boobies
  • Hike through fragrant forests of Palo Santo ' Incense' trees
  • Cruise by Zodiac and kayak along scenic coastlines

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