Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Xpedition offers the perfect combination of intrepid exploration and cosmopolitan bliss. Travel to one of the most remote places on earth – the legendary Galapagos Islands. Where untamed wildlife outnumbers the pampered travellers. Make moonlight toasts under the stars that led sailors and scientists alike to this extraordinary archipelago. All you need to do is relax and focus on the natural wonders that surround you.

 

A team of highly qualified naturalist guides accompany every sailing, sharing their deep knowledge of this archipelago. Together, you’ll explore each island on your itinerary, trekking over the black lava rocks where marine iguanas sun themselves and you will be introduced to Galapagos tortoises, sea turtles, and more. Back onboard, your education continues with presentations on the fauna and flora you’ve seen, and what lies ahead.

 

Celebrity Xpedition is designed not just for travel, but for exploration, this 100-guest mega-yacht sails to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's last pristine environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The knowledgeable crew, environmentally sound ship design and Galapagos National Park certified onboard naturalists all help to preserve this delicate archipelago while enlightening you to its natural and evolutionary significance. It's a journey like no other.

 

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands situated around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, 525 miles west of continental Ecuador. They form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the beagle. His observations and collections contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

 

 The islands are spread out over a distance of 127 miles and consist of 15 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 islets. The islands are located at a junction of tectonic plates which experiences lots of volcanic activity. While older islands have disappeared below the sea as tectonic plates have moved, the youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in April 2009.

 

The best way to visit the Galapagos Islands is on a special, small cruise ship and completely separate from a main ocean-going cruise. Baltra via Quito in Ecuador is the gateway to the Galapagos islands to begin your expedition of a lifetime.

 

The main islands of the archipelago are:

 

Baltra (South Seymour) Island is a small flat island located near the centre of the Galápagos immediately adjacent to the larger Island of Santa Cruz. Until 1986, Baltra Airport was the only airport serving the Galápagos. Now, there are two airports which receive flights from the continent, the other being located on San Cristobal Island.

 

Darwin (Culpepper) Island,  named after Charles Darwin, has an area of 0.4 sq miles where fur seals, frigates, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, whales, marine turtles, and red-footed and Nazca boobies can be seen.

 

 Espanola (Hood) Island is the oldest island, aged at around 3.5 million years, and the southernmost in the group. There are two visitor sites: Gardner Bay has a great beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling; while Punta Suarez has an abundance of unique wildlife, including brightly colored marine iguanas, Española lava lizards, hood mockingbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies.

 

 Fernandina Island is the youngest and westernmost island.  Punta Espinosa can be found here; a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather, largely on black lava rocks. The famous flightless cormorants inhabit this island, as do Galapagos Penguins, pelicans, Galapagos Sealions and Galapagos Fur seals.

 

Isabela (Albemarle) Island from Elizabeth Bay is the largest island of the Galápagos with an area of 1,792 square miles. Its highest point is Volcán Wolf at 5,600 ft. On this island, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans, and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound. It is the only island to have the equator run through it.

 

 San Cristobal (Chatham) Island is the first island in the Galapagos Archipelago that Charles Darwin visited during his voyage on the Beagle. This island hostsfrigate birds, sea lions,  fgiant tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, tropicbirds,marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow tailed gulls. The largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, Laguna El Junco, is located in the highlands of San Cristóbal. The capital of the Galápagos lies at the southern tip of the island. The ports of call here are Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Punta Pitt.

 

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island has an area of 381 square miles, home to the largest human population in the archipelago in the town of Puerto Ayora. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service are located here. The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer exuberant flora and are famous for the lava tunnels. Large tortoise populations are found here. Black Turtle Cove is a site surrounded by mangroves, sea turtles, rays and small sharks sometimes use it as a mating area. The ports of call here are Puerto Ayora and Las Bachas.

 

Santiago Island (Puerto Egas & Sullivan Bay)  is one of the bigger islands of approximately 226 square miles and is home to  Marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, flamingos, dolphins, and sharks are also found here.

 

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