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Small Ship Cruises: The Galapagos

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Cruises are the best way to discover the Galapagos. Ecuador's archipelago is home to a diverse eco-system that is best explored by land and sea. Small ships offer flexible itineraries that allow for maximum freedom to spend more time in pursuit of wildlife sightings. The archipelago's islands and landscapes are dramatically different, be prepared for total destination immersion.
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This little guy was only a few days old yet already quite a character. He kept posing for me so I was obligated to take many, many pictures of him and his momma.
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Sea lions resting on the beach. Don't forget to bring your camera ashore while exploring Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal in the Galapagos. Some ships will offer a kayak adventure to Cerro Brujo to explore the beach where sea lions, marine iguanas, Lava...
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North Seymour Island, Ecuador
The magnificent frigatebird soars above the waters of the Galapagos, terrifying fish everywhere it goes, stopping just long enough to puff out its chest to impress the opposite sex. The frigatebird is notable for its tremendous size, ability to...
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
I had heard that the best way to explore the Galapagos Islands was via cruise ship, which made me wary of what sort of experience I should expect; would I be stuck on the upper deck of a 3,000-person cruise liner 500 feet from shore, leaning over...
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Santiago Island, Ecuador
I don't know what these two have against each other, but they couldn't work it out while I was on the island. Puerto Egas on Santiago Island is one of the top wildlife viewing areas of the Galapagos, home to a stunning array of endemic species...
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
The Galapagos were born of volcanoes, and activity still rumbles beneath the earth and under the ocean's waves. Nowhere is this more obvious than on Santa Cruz Island, where the beach is cast in burnt lava rock, and a Mt. Doom–esque peak lords...
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Isabela Island, Ecuador
The Galapagos penguin is cute. Rediculously cute. Especially when doing its very best to teach an uncoordinated adventurer how to swim in rough waters near Isabela Island. The Galapagos is the only penguin able to survive north of (in this case,...
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Isabela Island, Ecuador
September 28, 1835. The HMS Beagle sails past Isolte Tortuga on September 28, with Darwin making many notes aout the flora, fauna, and terrain. Darwin is shocked at the abundance of marine iguanas. These great lizards have no fear of humans, and...