Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are one of the great wildlife sanctuaries of the world, a once in a lifetime destination and a unique escape from everyday life. Weird and wonderful creatures populate the waters between craggy volcanic isles teeming with life and its other-worldly landscapes have hardly been touched since Darwin first visited. The most popular way of exploring the Galapagos is on a cruise and our hand-picked small boats are owned and operated by our partner, ensuring the highest standards of comfort, value and guiding. We can also arrange land-based tours, enabling you to enjoy this captivating place from a different perspective. The natural lack of predators and years of conservation efforts mean that you can get incredibly close to the animals in this naturalists’ and photographers’ heaven. Sea lion pups will play with you in the surf, blue-footed boobies dance for their mates as you walk by and reef sharks glide past as you snorkel, while giant tortoises stand guard in the highland forests, just as they have for centuries. Wildlife encounters don’t get much better than this!