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Boat Summary

Tourist Class  [Aida Maria] [Amigo] [Angelito] [Angelique] [Daphne] [Darwin] [Encantada] [Floreana] [Golondrina] [Guantanamera] [Intrepido] [New Flamingo] [Rumba] [Samba] [Spondylus] [Yolita]

 First Class   [Archipel II] [Cachalote] [Cormorant II] [Diamante] [Eden] [Estrella del Mar] [Fragata] [Mary Anne] [Millennium] [Nemo I] [Nemo II] [San Jose[TipTop II] [TipTop III] [TipTop IV] [The Beagle] [Voyager]
Luxury Class   [Alta] [Anahi] [Athala] [Beluga] [Coral I] [Coral II] [Eric, Letty, Flamingo I] [Evolution] [Explorer II] [Isabela II] [Lammer Law] [La Pinta] [Legend] [Parranda] [Sagitta] [Santa Cruz]
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 Galapagos - The Enchanted Islands           


 

The islands were called "Las Encantadas" by the first visiting sailors as they seem to arise magically, often enveloped in fog, out of the watery nowhere after a long sail over open waters. Thus they were perfect hideouts for pirates and later sealers and whalers followed to exploit the rich hunting grounds. Naturalists became soon enchanted by them for their remote location with their particular fauna and flora. Most famous among them was of course Charles Darwin who spent one month there and afterwards reflecting on the native animals and plants came up with his revolutionary evolutionary theory of natural selection. Nowadays the isles continue their enchantment for many more visitors and they come from all over the world to experience their amazing natural scenery and unique wildlife.


 

Galapagos is not for tourists who look for a tropical island beach vacation but primarily for people interested in the island's natural history and the amazing wildlife above and below the Pacific ocean. With an open mind, you may come back with a new and better understanding of the enormous powers of our planet and what life is all about on earth.


 


 

 Nature and Diving Cruises for Individuals and Groups


 

Islazul Tours offers you nature and diving cruises of various length of time in the Galapagos islands either for individual travelers or larger charter groups. You find a selection of some 50 cruise ships of all price classes in our catalogue, from where you can choose the one which suits you the best. Clicking on a boat name (see link box above and below) gets you right to the individual boat page, where you find apart from the most important cruise prices and itinerary, more information, a picture and general specifications of that particular ship. People, interested in chartering a boat, can find fully organized cruise packages starting and ending in Quito and accompanied by experienced naturalist guides.


 

The trips to the islands are costly and should therefore be well researched on your part. To help you with that we included other chapters in this section where you can find relevant facts about what you can expect to see on a cruise and other important travel information, which hopefully are helpful in your cruise planning. 




 

 General Information about Galapagos          


 

The Galapagos archipelago is located some 1000 kilometers straight west of mainland Ecuador and consists of 19 main islands and numerous smaller islets (click for map and pictures), all of them of volcanic origin, haven risen out of the Pacific ocean a few million years ago. Humans on the islands were for a long time absent as the archipelago were not discovered until 1535 by Tomas de Berlanga whose ship accidentally drifted off course. In 1832, the Republic of Ecuador annexed the islands and named them in honor of Christopher Columbus "Archipelago de Colon" (Colon is the Spanish name for Columbus) but to everybody, they are known as Galapagos, named after the famous Giant Tortoises, which themselves were named after a Spanish saddle called "galapago" as their carapace has a similar shape. For more read on in our history chapter. In 1959 most of the islands were declared a national park and measures were undertaken to protect and conserve the unique geography and wildlife. Organized tourism started in earnest in the 1960's and the diversity of the marine world and the fascinating flora & fauna of the islands are an unforgettable experience for many tourists. Standing on recent lava flows or looking into huge volcanic calderas, lets you appreciate how new worlds get created by the huge powers of natural forces. Observing then the unique animals and plants which arrived and survived on those islands by adapting to a new and alien hostile environment, gives you an insight into the equally immensely powerful processes of evolution.  In our Islands chapter you find a short description of all the islands with their publicly open visitor sites and the animals, plants and geological features you encounter there. This is the most important information for you as it tells you what you can expect to see on a particular cruise and you can compare the various cruises offered. Each visitor site on that page has then a link which gets you to a page with pictures and more detailed information about that particular site.


 

Walking through a colony of seabirds without them flying off, strolling along the ocean shore and avoiding stepping on sunbathing marine iguanas, admiring graceful flamingoes wading in shallow lagoons, swimming and diving with turtles, sea lions or sharks are some of the rewards of a visit.
It is a rare place
in the world where animals have not developed any natural fear of man and so can be easily observed or photographed from a close distance.




 


Boat Summary

Tourist Class  [Aida Maria] [Amigo] [Angelito] [Angelique] [Daphne] [Darwin] [Encantada] [Floreana] [Golondrina] [Guantanamera] [Intrepido] [New Flamingo] [Rumba] [Samba] [Spondylus] [Yolita]

 First Class   [Archipel II] [Cachalote] [Cormorant II] [Diamante] [Eden] [Estrella del Mar] [Fragata] [Mary Anne] [Millennium] [Nemo I] [Nemo II] [San Jose[TipTop II] [TipTop III] [TipTop IV] [The Beagle] [Voyager]
Luxury Class   [Alta] [Anahi] [Athala] [Beluga] [Coral I] [Coral II] [Eric, Letty, Flamingo I] [Evolution] [Explorer II] [Isabela II] [Lammer Law] [La Pinta] [Legend] [Parranda] [Sagitta] [Santa Cruz]
 



 

 

 



 



 

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Tour operator Islazul offers climbing excursions in the Andes.

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