On the Galapagos Islands you’ll hardly find a single footprint. But on this animal paradise the birds are exhibitionists and the seal cubs want to play.
It’s the place where Charles Darwin first thought up natural selection, a haven for creatures of the sky and sea. Here’s where thousands of species including penguins and turtles come to mate, nest and raise their young.
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For naturalists and lovers of wildlife there is nothing like the Galapagos, and the tours offered by Peregrine, with small groups and well trained local guides and going to as many islands as possible, make the experience unforgettable.
Galapagos Islands travel highlights
Luxuriate on the white sand of Las Bachas
This beach is made from the silky smooth sand of eroded coral. It’s also a place for watching pacific green turtles, marine iguanas and elegant flamingos, among many other colourful creatures.
Trek through the Chinese Hat
This islet has a unique labyrinth of lava tubes, cavernous tunnels formed by ancient volcanic eruptions – and of course, many more turtles, crabs, birds and sea lions.
Go snorkelling at the pristine Gardner Beach
Get lured into the water by the playful sea lion pups and get immersed in a submarine world of reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish.
Devil’s Crown (Isla Floreana)
Snorkel around the crater of this crumbling volcano to spot schools of Galapagos fish, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays.
The remote seabird rookeries of Genovesa are where to head if you’re hoping to spy the blue-footed, or elusive red-footed booby.
Isabela has the largest population of giant tortoises in the Galapagos. Plus, head to the aptly named Flamingo Lagoon to find these beautiful pink birds.