A Cruise Vacation to the Galapagos Islands: What to Expect.

January 16, 2012   Filed under Travel

About 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, in the Pacific Sea, you will find the Galapagos Islands, the one the world's remaining complete ecosystems. A good way to get to this unique and beautiful area is on a Galapagos cruise. Most cruises start out in Baltra. You'll pay an entrance fee to the Nation's Park, and your guide will bring you to your ship. The airport in Baltra, where you will fly in, is touristy, and Baltra itself isn’t part of the national park because of the army base located there.

Aboard the liner Isabela, you can stay in an outside cabin with a personal bath. There aren't any inside cabins. This ship has an agreeable, hospitable crew, and only carries forty passengers, so everyone will start to know everybody else.

The 1st stop on the cruise is Island Symour Norte. There are sea lions, cliff crabs, and swallow tailed gulls to be seen here, as well as the nests of the blue-footed boobies. The wildlife is simply beyond expectancy.

There are way more stops at islands along the archipelago: Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genoves, Isabela, and Santiago. At Floreana you may visit the “Post Office” in Post Bay. This is not a structure, but merely an old barrel that was used by whalers years ago, to place mail to be picked up. The walk out to Post Bay is spectacular, due to the unique landscape of Floreana Island. You will see a large flock of flamingoes at Punta Cormoran, a superb sight.

Another highlight of the cruise is a stop at Santa Cruz to go to the Charles Darwin Station. Here you can walk through the station, and meet plenty of the famous Galapagos tortoises. One particularly, Lonesome George, is the last of his particular species.

Finally, you'll enjoy some spectacular bird watching at Genovesa. There are several different species there, including frigates, red-footed and masked boobies. Be sure to walk up the Prince Philips Steps to get a breathtaking view of the encircling countryside.

You can visit tours galapagos for more information.

Austin Thomas is a staff writer for Quantum Internet Systems, Inc. which specializes in custom web design and does freelance writing for implant dentistry atlanta.

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