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Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing

Departure 28 September to 04 October for R12 159.00 per adult sharing

Why you’ll love this trip

  • The Galapagos Islands played a profound role in forming Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth
  • Get your blood pumping as you scale a volcano on Isabela Island
  • Get up close and personal with giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These nearly extinct creatures are one of the greatest drawcards to the Galapagos
  • Snorkel through underwater worlds replete with colourful wildlife

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves a lot of travel by boat between the various Galapagos Islands. The good news is that seasickness can often be managed with medication and by consulting a health professional before your trip.
  • This trip includes a 17 km hike (approximately 6-7 hours) on rocky terrain. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes that offer good support.
  • Wildlife is a big focus on this trip, with activities like bird-watching, swimming and visits to museums.
  • While you’re free to go diving if you so choose, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity. This is part of Intrepid’s internal safety policy.

Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing

Fast Facts

  • Abundant unfearful wildlife, visitors can get up close and personal to some of the world’s rarest animals.
  • The Galapagos was home to the only surviving giant Pinta tortoise, ‘Lonesome George’ which unfortunately died in June 2012.
  • The convergence of three major oceanic currents brings an incredible mix of marine life to Galapagos.
  • The endemic Galapagos marine iguana is the only lizard to swim in the ocean.
  • Darwin’s research in Galapagos led to the groundbreaking theory of The Origin of Species.
  • In 1978 UNESCO designated Galapagos as the first World Heritage site.
  • The movie Captain and Commander was filmed on the islands of Bartholomew and Santiago.
  • The name ‘galapagos’, an old Spanish word for ‘saddle’, was originally used by Bishop Tomas and his crew to describe the giant tortoises but the name stuck.
  • Due to the early presence of both Spanish and English inhabitants in Galapagos, the Islands now have both Spanish and English names.

Visitor Sites

  • Los Gemelos (the twins) are two ‘pit craters’, formed when empty magma chambers collapsed in on themselves.
  • Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island has the largest tortoise population and is the only volcano visitors can climb.
  • The Devil’s Crown is a dramatic snorkeling site to the north of Cormorant Point where there is an almost completely submerged volcano .
  • The lava tunnels on Santa Cruz provide an understanding of how the islands are formed.
  • Post Office Bay on Floreana is home to a fascinating tradition where a barrel placed there by whalers in the late 18th century was used as an unofficial postbox.
  • The Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela has the largest basaltic caldera in the world measuring 5.6×6.2 miles(9x10km).
  • The Wall of Tears on Isabela was constructed by the prisoners of the Penal colony in the mid 40’s and characterizes the cruelty the prisoners had to endure.

https://www.galapagosislands.com/

The Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands may just inspire you to think differently about the world.  Read more here   https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/the-galapagos-islands

Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing

Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing Galapagos Islands -28 Sept to 04 Oct for R12 159.00 per adult sharing

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