I have just returned from the most amazing family holiday ever - an 8-day exploration of the Galapagos Islands.
Everything our wonderful guide promised we would see, we did. The animals are all in the wild, but looked like they had been positioned for us to see. They were oblivious to humans, nesting right by the trails and totally ignoring our presence. Blue-footed boobies danced their enchanting mating dance while iguanas strolled by, sea lions swam playfully alongside us, penguins and sharks followed the boat and we dived with turtles through amazingly colourful reef fish.
And I have not started to describe the varied landscapes or giant tortoise!
Our boat was an 8 cabin motor yacht. All cabins offered large windows and the saloon had comfy sofas and dining “snugs”. The two inflatable boats took 8 passengers ashore a time which meant no waiting around or missing out on anything at landings. To top it all, each time we arrived back at the boat, Frank the bar man would be stood like an English butler with a tray of nibbles and drinks for us!
On our last day a sea lion sunned himself on the yacht’s bathing platform – he was obviously enjoying the joys of small ship cruising too!
I strongly urge anyone of any age to experience these incredible islands as soon as possible whether it is on one of our traditional cruise itineraries or our fabulous new land-based multi activity trip – the Ultimate Galapagos!
Matt West - MD Imaginative Traveller
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