A Galapagos Cruise Ship is the best way to see the ‘zoo without walls’ known as the Galapagos Islands.
A recent ‘Top Adventures survey’ voted the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos archipelago, #1 in adventure destinations. As the most prominent and prolific natural habitat with large endemic populations of wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are the most sought after vacation spot in the world. Held June 25, 2011 in New York’s Central Park, AvidTrips courted adventurists and eco travelers alike, asking them to vote on 60 domestic and international destinations they’d most like to visit. Galapagos Islands won hands down, with the South Island of New Zealand and Machu Picchu coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Of course savvy eco travelers know that Galapagos cruise ships are second to none in facilitating marine and land excursions in and around the islands. Not only do ships like the Galapagos Explorer take people to a different island each day, they also offer the maximum number of excursions of two per day for either land or sea tours. Additionally, the guide-to-traveler ratio is kept ideal at one guide per 16 individuals, thereby making both education and adventure an effective part of the immersion in wildlife experience meaningful and exciting.
The Galapagos cruise ship, Explorer II, operated by Galapagos Explorer is an all-suite luxury vessel with three, four, and seven night itinerary options. Common destinations include stops at Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Fernandina, and Isabela Islands, among others. Isabela Island sports the infamous of seemingly ugly land iguanas. Still, they are odd and interesting characters captivating their audience with their translucent colorful rainbow patterns, particularly on their necks, as they crane to make eye contact with humans.
The only flightless cormorant in the world is also found on Isabela Island. Unable to fly, this unique bird gives a good show to nature lovers as it dives, torpedo style, after its food. Without flight, the cormorant has become a spectacular swimmer. And of course Darwin’s famous finches, the catalyst for formulating his theory of evolution, are seen in nearly all locations. Remarkably, the finches adapted to each islands’ unique ecosystem and food sources, resulting in different beak colors among 13 endemic species.
Many New Yorkers love the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island as well, learning about past and ongoing research projects undertaken. And of course, a trip to the archipelago isn’t complete without seeing the huge array of colorful marine life. Enormous fish schools swirl in mesmerizing fashion, as if choreographed. Dolphin pods and humpback whales can be seen dramatically slicing through the ocean sailing around on board the Galapagos cruise ship. It is clear that New Yorkers thrill at traveling to exotic and adventure-filled destinations with the recent event held in Central Park as evidence.