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Galapagos Islands holidays

The Galapagos islands are best explored from an expedition cruise at sea, though they can also be visited from a land-based hotel or lodge. Cox & Kings uses a selection of first-class vessels that provide excellent service and expert guides, and offer 3- to 14-night itineraries stopping off at a selection of islands to see the wide variety of wildlife.

The islands have a unique ecosystem with many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth, such as the giant tortoise, the Galapagos sea lion and the marine iguana.

Birdlife is abundant and key sightings include the blue-footed, redfooted and Nazca boobies, great and magnificent frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, waved albatrosses and Darwin’s finches. Marine life is varied, including fur seals, whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, sally lightfoot crabs and tropical fish.

The birds and animals of the Galapagos are totally fearless and can be viewed at very close quarters while basking in the sun or swimming in the sea. Photo opportunities are endless and snorkelling provides further chances to explore the rich marine life.

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