Discover the enchanting Galapagos Islands and stay in a luxury hotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This remote volcanic archipelago, that captivated Charles Darwin and inspired the theory of natural selection, lies in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Each island has its own unique landscape ranging from mountains, volcano craters, lush forests, to stunning bays and tropical beaches.
Nature and wildlife on the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are magical, overflowing with curious wildlife that inspires and enchants every visitor. Charter a luxury yacht and travel between the islands, firstly visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. Then, head to the misty highlands to see the giant tortoises. Go snorkelling with sea lions and watch land iguanas on Sante Fe followed by a trip to Bartolomé Island to find lava lizards and Galapagos penguins at Pinnacle Rock. On Fernandina, pre-historic marine iguanas soak up the sun on black lava rocks while web-footed, flightless cormorants pass by. Darwin’s famed finches and the magnificent frigate birds can be seen on most of the islands.
Luxury beaches on the Galapagos Islands
You will find idyllic beaches throughout the islands with pink, black, white or olive green sand. The powdery white sand of Las Bachas on Santa Cruz is a nesting site for the Pacific Green Sea Turtle. Spot manta rays and sharks from the shoreline of Tortuga Bay and enjoy a swim in the natural pool in the shade of the trees. Snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise sea off Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal or step past basking sea lions on the coral beach at Darwin Bay on Genovese Island.
Luxury things to do on the Galapagos Islands
Take a champagne picnic on a Santa Cruz jeep tour and travel through lava tunnels, around a sunken crater, through Scalesia forests and onto a giant tortoise sanctuary. Or, try horse riding in the highlands, returning to the coast for lunch in one of the many restaurants serving excellent seafood. Go diving with hammerhead and whale sharks, seals and sea turtles or enjoy a spot of bird-watching to catch sight of albatross and blue or red-footed boobies. Mountain biking, kayaking and surfing are further activities to enjoy in this incredible destination.
Experience a holiday of a lifetime in the Galapagos Islands with Small Luxury Hotels of the World where a stunning eco-lodge hotel on Santa Cruz Island combines the ultimate in luxury with amazing island and sea views.