Category: Galapagos

Manta Rays of The Galapagos

November 7, 2019
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Galapagos

Here our Travel Specialist Kit shares his experience of diving with Giant Manta Rays in the Galapagos Islands.…. It was a talk by Peruvian Conservationist and Rolex Prize winner Kerstin Forsberg in 2017 that first alerted me to the existence of Giant Oceanic Manta Rays. These vast, majestic Rays can grow up to 9 metres across and spend their lives circumnavigating the world’s equatorial waters. Gently gliding through the water filter-feeding on microscopic plankton, small fish and crustaceans. Sadly, like so much of our planet’s incredible wildlife, they are under threat by fishing practices, both as bycatch and through direct fishing (their gills are viewed as “remedies” for chickenpox and cancer in traditional Chinese medicine). Their long reproductive cycles delivering once about every 2-5 years means that even the slightest pressure from fishing puts the long term viability of the species in jeopardy. The prospect of seeing these magnificent creatures…

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Top 5 Things to See in the Galapagos

June 13, 2019
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Samir, one of our travel specialist team leaders, has returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Here he shares the 5 things he enjoyed most. Highlands & Darwin Research Centre, Santa Cruz Island The Highlands and Darwin Research are located on Santa Cruz Island and are a typical pit stop for cruise going visitors as it is en route to Puerto Ayora from Baltra airport. This was the perfect start to my Galapagos adventure and got my taste buds salivating. As the bus worked its way along the only road from the north side of the island, the desert-like terrain slowly transitioned into lush green vegetation. I was entering the home of a local resident that I had been waiting to encounter for a very long time – the giant tortoise! The water saturated Highlands provide the perfect conditions for the giant tortoise and their insatiable appetite. This can…

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Best Places to Visit in South America

August 4, 2017
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Argentina, Chile, Galapagos, Peru, Rio Carnival, Wildlife Week

As a Continent of wonders, South America is the place where the most incredible adventures can happen. If you haven’t been to this exquisite part of the world yet, hold on tight because what we are about to reveal will start a new life addiction – Latin America! Here are 10 reasons why you will be love-struck: Number 10: Perito Moreno Glacier The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park, in southwest Santa Cruz, Argentina. It’s considered to be one of the most important Argentinian Patagonian attractions and with good reason. It is 30 km long and one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes. Other than that, it’s just another wonder of the world, and one of the reasons why (after this post) you will be booking a flight to South America! You can learn more about the…

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Diving in the Galapagos

March 30, 2017
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I have always dreamed of visiting the Galapagos islands. I learned about Darwin’s finches at school and watched David Attenborough’s documentaries but it always seemed like an impossible place to get to. On my trip to South America, it never even occurred to me to visit the Galapagos Islands until I met some people while diving in Ecuador who had just been and told me about the amazing dive sites. I was surprised when I found out that it was only a short flight away from Quito and proceeded to book my flights straight away. Upon arrival, I was met by a guide and we took the coach down to the pier followed by a private transfer to Santa Cruz.  I spent about 10 days exploring the different islands and dived in some of the best diving spots in the World.  The Galapagos Islands are numerous so it can be…

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Top Wildlife to see in the Galapagos Islands

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Ask anyone what comes to mind when they hear Galapagos, and wildlife will surely become the topic of conversation. For a region world-renown for its reptiles, birds and mammals, the Galapagos Islands have a surprisingly low number of species. Location is partly to blame, with over 600 miles separating the region from its nearest neighbours, but this is what makes the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands even more miraculous. In most areas of the world, mammals rule supreme, but for this famed archipelago – it’s the reptiles that dominate the volcanic islands. If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruise to see the unique wildlife, these are our top picks to look out for.   1.  Galapagos Penguin The second smallest penguin in the world, and the only penguin on the planet that lives north of the equator, the Galapagos Penguin is a must-see on any trip to the islands….

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