The moment you set foot on this rare earth, you’ll discover that freedom and fearlessness are a way of life on the Galapagos Islands. Whether strolling the islands’ pristine beaches, scanning the cliffs for the magnificent waved albatross, chatting with a friendly sea lion, or snorkeling with sea turtles, you’ll find that the gentle freedom of the Galapagos is contagious. Here, indeed, is the peaceable kingdom.
This will be W&L’s fifth visit to the extraordinary natural environment of the Galapagos Islands. Here on the legendary islands 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador, we’ll find the rich abundance of wildlife that so inspired Charles Darwin. Widely considered the world’s most important center for the study of evolution, the Galapagos are home to a unique variety of flora and fauna. Here among the spectacular geology of these rugged volcanic islands, we’ll observe the Giant Galapagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with whales and other fascinating sea life. No other place on earth affords such close access to wildlife, for none of the animals or birds has ever learned to fear man. Here, indeed, we’ll discover one of the last places on earth where all things live in harmony.
Our home among the islands will be the M.S. Isabella II, a versatile 166-foot expedition vessel with 20 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating 40 guests. Designed for active exploration of the Galapagos, the Isabella can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. A staff of resident naturalists will be on hand to point out particularly unusual wildlife behaviors and characteristics so that you may observe, inquire, and react as it unfolds before your eyes. Throughout our voyage, we’ll enjoy abundant opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, and photography. We invite you to discover why the Galapagos has been one of W&L’s favorite destinations.