Cruise the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador in a double catamaran.
Galapagos delivers nature with a capital N. You will get closer to the wildlife than in a zoo!
It was one of the thrills of my lifetime to snorkel with Blue Footed Boobies, miniature penguins sea lions and more. The Blue-Footed Boobies have gorgeous sky blue feet and are in abundance everywhere, looking like sentries posted on the rocks as we cruised by . The animals on the Islands have no fear as they are protected so you can almost pet them, but, probably not advised. We had to be careful where we stepped to avoid many colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs and lizards on every rock by the water. The Crabs are actually afraid of the water and stay near the edge. Our catamaran was so comfortable with a picture window and a deck in each cabin. I enjoyed sunning on the top deck of the boat when not being active. I will never forget waking up one morning and a sea lion had hitchhiked a ride with us and was on the deck snoozing. Visiting the Darwin Research Center was so informative and I spent a lot of time observing the Giant Galapagos Turtles there, the superstars of the reptile world. I was especially taken by Lonesome George, who was over a hundred years old. My granddaughters had studied about him in school. He was the last of one of the species of Galapagos. They have not located any mate for him. They attempted to mate him with some similar species, but, it did not take. He died just after my last trip there. A sad loss. It was a treat to travel with some tourists from other countries too—Israel, Asia, Australia.
You begin and end in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and then fly out to your catamaran in the Islands. April 30-May 7, 2016 Tour price is $3795. On sale now.