One of the thrills of taking a Galapagos cruise is found in transit-seeing whales breach the sea in incredible displays of aerobatics. The Galapagos Marine Reserve plays host to a variety of baleen and toothed whales including blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, orcas, and whale sharks. Some come to feed during the guara season between July and December; others are in residence year round-and all make an impression when spotted off the bow of a boat. Keep reading for four whales that call the Galapagos waters home.
Every destination has traditions that make the experience one that takes us out of the ordinary and into the culture and history of faraway places.
In the Galapagos, one of these is crossing the equator at sea during a cruise. Keep reading for more about this coming-of-age event that dates back to the times of whalers and pirates.
One fun activity that travellers who visit the Galapagos can do is swim or snorkel with penguins. The Galapagos penguin is one of the smallest in the world, and the only one of its species found north of the equator.
Keep Reading for some fun facts about penguins in the Galapagos, and some of the places where you can find them while in the islands.
During the centuries when the Spanish Empire extended deep into South America, the Galapagos Islands were a safe haven and hideout for pirates and buccaneers.
The location was close enough to the shipping routes used by merchant and government ships laden with riches and headed home to Spain that it made a good launching pad for attacks. It was also far enough away from the mainland for a clean get away.
Sites including Tagus Bay on Isabela and caves found on Floreana Island were safe refuge and storage for plunder. Local folklore says that some of the ill-gotten gains of the first people to visit the islands is still hidden in stashes around the islands.
Keep reading to discover the fascinating history of the Galapagos and a few of the notable pirates that visited the islands.