Galapagos Islands: Expert’s Advice

Galapagos Islands facts

In times when so much information is at our fingertips, how do we tell factual and useful information apart from the sales-oriented mass produced sites? This is a challenge faced by increasingly more internet-users these days.

Galapagos is a travel destination with a strong gravitational force of its own. It is on the 1000 places to see before you die, ranks among the top destinations on most relevant travel media, and receives every year several awards for its conservation and sustainable travel procedures.

Very often, the best guidance is given by guides

But how much does the average person know about the archipelago or about the travel options should there be interest to go? Fact is, very little.

That is when tools like the recently launched BIG15 list for Galapagos Islands comes most handy. A consensual compendium of the 15 highest-ranked guides and expedition leader favorite Galapagos Species. Where are they found, and consequently, what are your best options to meet your favorite species or the highest (special) species exposure.

This tool is most helpful when wildlife encounters are among the higher priorities when choosing a voyage to Galapagos. Compare Galapagos tours itineraries, find the one that yields the highest number or patch together a trip combining hotel stay- with day trips, combined with a ship´s itinerary to yield the perfect wildlife exposure.

A simple but practical tool, for tour operators, agents, and the average trip planner

Galapagos Big15
The Galapagos Flightless Cormorant Is One Of The Iconic Species Of The Islands And A Galapagos Big15.

Click at Galapagos BIG15 and browse by species, by island, or by itinerary. Matching one’s interest with the ideal itinerary has never been simpler! It also helps plan for the future, if you prefer to split your visit into two separate trips. Now you can make sure you combine different seasons (cooler season between April and December versus warmer season from December to April) with different itineraries or programs.

Each species has a short but detailed description of some of the major arguments, why that species is among the most fascinating of Galapagos Fauna. When launched, someone asked why the Darwin Finches aren’t listed. For starters, as a group, they count up to 15 species. They are a case study of adaptive radiation. They are a subject for itself, and visible in all Galapagos Islands.

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Updated:May 9, 2023

Published:August 18, 2015


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A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

Cruise Critic

Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

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When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

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