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Galapagos Islands

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Best months to go: December - May

The first map of the Galapagos Islands was made in 1685 by Ambrose Cowley, who also named the individual islands. Despite this map, however, sailors still had difficulty locating the islands due to strong ocean currents. The islands became known as Las Encantadas because sailors were convinced that the islands changed position. William Dampier and Woodes Rogers made the archipelago better known to other European seamen who ventured into the Pacific in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Charles Darwin arrived in 1835. Here he began his research into his Theory of Evolution, which led to the publication of his controversial book ‘The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’. He spent five weeks on the islands in 1835, collecting and documenting species for his studies, but he didn’t publish the book until 1859. For many scientists, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is the vacation of a lifetime; to walk where Darwin walked and see what he saw as he formulated one of the most important scientific theories in history.

The Galapagos Islands are famous all around the world as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’, which he figured out by observing the islands’ unique wildlife.

For many a Galapagos Islands trip is the highlight of any journey through Ecuador and is a bucket-list destination. It has some of the most unique wildlife in the world, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies (birds). 


The world’s only equatorial penguins can be found on these volcanic islands. The species living here have managed to evolve over millions of years and most of our range of Galapagos tours will allow you to observe these charming animals in their natural environment.

There is much more to see here besides the wildlife; the landscapes in the Galapagos are incredibly diverse, with many incredible sights. From the black lava stone rocks to white- or orange-sanded beaches with crystal clear water, the Galapagos Islands are full of delights and surprises!

There is not much knowledge about the first inhabitants of the Galapagos. It is believed that the first visitors were the Chimu people and the Incas from mainland of South America in the 15th century. The first recorded arrival, however, was on 10 March 1535 when Tomas de Berlanga, a Spanish bishop, traveled from Panama to Peru and landed by accident on the islands. The report he gave to King Charles V is the first description we have of the fearless animals of the islands. It is the animal’s fearlessness for humans that has allowed us to get so close and study them.


Of the 21 islands only 4 are inhabited by people and only eight are considered major islands. Due to the islands’ climate, it is possible to see the many animal species unique to the Galapagos Islands throughout the year.


However, there are still two seasons caused by the currents around the islands. In the cool season (July to December), the weather is fresh due to the southeast winds and the Peru Current. The waters can get quite cold and it can also be quite misty.

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The Galapagos Islands are a series of gigantic volcanic peaks, created by the movement of the Nazca plate towards the South American plate at a rate of about seven cm per year. The islands are composed of almost exclusively metaphoric basalt, giving the islands their dark grey colour. They do, however, differ from almost all volcanic regions in the world, as the Galapagos Islands do not lie on the border of two tectonic plates.

The Galapagos Islands contain the most active volcanoes in the world and eruptions have taken place on Fernandina, Isabela, Pinta, Marchena, Santiago, and Floreana. Now the most active volcanoes are found on Fernandina, Isabela, Pinta, and Marchena, and volcanic activity may be seen occasionally on each of these islands.


All nature and animal lovers must go to Galapagos. What visits the islands truly extraordinary is that you can see wildlife very close, since the animals have never learned to fear humans. Galapagos island day trips are a great opportunity to see them.

You will have many opportunities to snorkel with sea lions, follow giant tortoises, and observe iguanas. The islands are a haven for sea birds and you can find cormorants, gulls, penguin species that live in tropical waters, albatross, blue and red-footed boobies, masked boobies, and frigatebirds.


Mammals such as sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales are common. Over 300 species of fish have already been discovered. There are also at least 1,600 species of insects, 80 spiders, 300 beetles, 150 mites, 80 land snails, 650 sea shells and other mollusks, 200 starfishes and urchins, 120 crabs, and many other smaller animals.


If botany is your thing, then Galapagos is a dream come true, as the plants are as fascinating as the animals. In the highlands, you can find many native species such as the Scalesia (‘tree daisies’), tree ferns, bromeliads, and orchids.

If you wander along the coasts, you won’t be disappointed; there are vivid morning glories, mats of bright red sesuvium, giant prickly pear, and candelabra cacti. You can also find tiny Brachycereus cacti growing on the barren lava flows. To the surprise of many tourists, Galapagos also has its species of cotton, tomato, pepper, guava, and passion flower


Our Luxury Yachts

Coral I & Coral II

Coral I & Coral II are gorgeous, comfortable sister yachts that offer charming social areas distributed on three decks. Both have outdoor and interior spaces, allowing you to enjoy an intimate expedition experience in your own way. Charming interior social areas and open air dinning service. The Interiors are thoughtfully designed to resemble a private yacht experience in a cozy ambiance.

These yachts offer open deck areas with a Jacuzzi to guarantee a relaxing time while cruising the islands. 

Handpicked visitor sites, crafted entirely for getting the best out of the Archipelago. Multiple cabin configurations including twin, double and connecting cabins, suitable for families and friends traveling together. Get the most of your cruise experience with the ease of knowing we have biosecurity protocols in place to guarantee your safety and that all of our guests. All our biosecurity measures apply to onboard services, facilities, and accommodations

Coral I
- 36 guests 
- 8 junior cabins, 8 standard plus, 2 standard
Itineraries of 4 days weekly
- All excursions included
- All meals included

- Large social areas, jacuzzi on board
- Lounge bar and ample sun deck

Coral II
 - 20 guests
- 7 junior cabins, 4 standard plus 
Itineraries of 4 days weekly 
- All excursions included
- All meals included 
- Large social areas, jacuzzi on board
- Lounge bar and ample sun deck

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Galapogos Legend
The fastest ship on the islands

This impressive vessel, with capacity for 100 guests (the maximum capacity allowed in the Islands), was refitted in 2021 to better enhance your Galapagos experience. As well as being the fastest cruise ship operating in the Islands, it remains the only vessel with an onboard pool. Its classic yet contemporary interiors perfectly balance the huge and open-deck space.

With an interior design inspired by Charles Darwin’s explorations in the Galapagos, the lounge features a full bar serving a variety of local and international drinks. Equipped with high-end audiovisual equipment, a 24-hour complimentary snack and coffee station, Wi-Fi service, board games, and floor-to-ceiling windows, this is the place to be.

- 100 guests capacity

- Private Balconies

- Itineraries of 4 days weekly 

- All excursions included

- All meals included

- Large social areas

- AL Fresco Restaurant

- Pool and 2 Jacuzzis on board

- Boutique, Medical Station, Kid’s Corner

- Auditorium and Science Center

- Lounge Bar and Fisherman’s Bar

- Wellness Center and Gym
- 7,244 square feet (673 squared meters) of outdoor space

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Millennium Yacht

- 16 guests capacity

- Itineraries of 4 days weekly 

- All excursions included

- All meals included

- Large sundeck areas

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