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Galapagos – Up Close and Personal

When it comes to observing wildlife, travellers usually have two options. Catch a glimpse of it in its natural habitat, displaying natural behaviours, or visit a zoo to see the animals up close.

In the Galapagos Islands, travellers don’t have to decide. The archipelago is full of endemic species found nowhere else on earth. Most of these creatures have never learned to fear humans and thus can be observed up close in their native habitat, all without compromising their natural behaviours. Each island has its own geology, flora, and fauna, and the surrounding ocean is full of diverse marine life as well.

The Galapagos Islands are an ideal playground for wildlife and for the Globetrotter in search of it. Blue footed boobies, frigate birds, and albatrosses are just a few of the native residents, and those are just the birds on land. The underwater viewing opportunities are just as abundant. Where else can you see penguins swimming alongside tropical fish?

The Galapagos is a year-round destination, but March offers perhaps the best wildlife viewing opportunities of the year, since water levels are at their highest. Land temperatures are also ideal, reaching the high 20s C/high 80s F, making the islands a great place to cut short a North American winter.

Since the Galapagos Islands sit right on the equator, this isn’t exactly ‘springtime’ here as you’d know it. Nonetheless, you’ll find many of the animals at their most (ahem!) active, as they embrace the season of rebirth and renewal. These include red-footed boobies, green sea turtles, marine and land Iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, and greater flamingoes.

In order to experience the islands in depth, consider booking a cruise. Royal Galapagos offers you the opportunity to have a close-up experience with giant tortoises, snorkel alongside penguins, and watch sea lions pose at sunset. Another big advantage of cruising is comfortable overnight travel, allowing you to wake up ready to explore a new island. With 4 day, 5 day & 8 day itineraries on board the luxury vessel of the M/V Cormorant each day in the Galapagos Islands offers visitors a brand new adventure, new emotions, and new discoveries. The Galapagos is ready. Are you?

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General Manager, Central & South America - Born in Australia and raised in Canada and Papua New Guinea, Don took his first solo trip to Bali – aged just 13. Since then, Don’s travels have taken him to every continent. He’s been a backpacker in Asia, Europe and Egypt, an overland adventurer in East and Southern Africa, and an overland driver in South and Central America. He is especially fond of Peru, Patagonia and Namibia, though his longest adventure to date has been a London to Kathmandu run via the Middle East.

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