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Galapagos Panorama - Northern Islands Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
From Quito, discover the wonders of the Galapagos Islands on a sailing adventure on the Nemo III
Nowhere does nature like the Galapagos – fact. Dolphins breach the waters around Isla Genovesa, giant tortoises lumber the misty Santa Cruz highlands, land iguanas scamper across rocky volcanic coastlines and sea lions loll about on sandy shores looking as if they're without a care in the world. And for the most part, they are. Having evolved in an environment largely free of land-based predators, the creatures of the Galapagos are more apt to treat visitors with inquisitiveness than fear or hostility – making for some truly incredible encounters. Taking in the archipelago's remote northern islands, this trip will bring you into close quarters with all the Galapagos all-stars, be they feathered, furred, scaled, shelled or finned.
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Stretched out along a central Andean valley under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America.
Located on the north shore of Isla Santa Cruz, the beautiful beaches of Las Bachas have particularly soft sand and the nearby rocks provide great snorkelling.
Genovesa is a remote island of abundant beauty with varying landscapes and wonderful wildlife, including a trio of boobies - masked, blue-footed and the rare red-footed.
Sitting on Isla Santiago's eastern coast, Bahia Sullivan's 100-year-old lava flow forms a black carpet of intricate markings and patterns, where iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs roam.
Isla Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station The station's visitor centre and museum are essential stops for anyone interested in the archipelago's natural and human history, and keen to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. It also offers visitors their best chance for close-up encounters with giant tortoises.
Isla Isabela offers a diverse range of sights to explore - from the massive crater of the Sierra Negra Volcano to the underwater wonders of Concha Perla.
Isla Fernandina's north-east tip, Punta Espinosa, is a narrow ledge of lava and sand where visitors can see lava cacti and flightless cormorants among the stark volcanic landscape.
Isla Santiago features some of the most idyllic locations in the archipelago, including Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove and the black sands of Puerto Egas.
Isla Daphne is a lovely place to do some bird spotting - see masked boobies, finches and even the beautiful frigate birds with their vibrant red pouches.
Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.
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