Consisting of 13 large and hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of South America, the pristine Galápagos Islands, a region of Ecuador, are home to some of the world’s most fascinating animal life.
From Quito, Ecuador, fly to the Galápagos Islands, then board the Treasure of Galápagos, a luxury, mega-catamaran chartered for Avalon guests. Cruise from island to island, encountering species found nowhere else in the world, like giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, iguanas, and a whole host of diverse bird species. As you explore these remarkable volcanic isles firsthand, you’ll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.
A remote, but beautiful, member of the archipelago, San Cristobal was the first stop for Darwin's Beagle expedition. An array of wildlife inhabit the island, including sea lions, blue-footed boobies, frigates, and finches.
The youngest island is also one of the most pristine, boasting the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their island habitat with sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and hawks.
Santa Cruz is home to lush green highlands, lava tunnels, and the Scalesia forest, as well as the centre of human activity on the island – the Charles Darwin Research Station and the national park headquarters.