With the wonder of wildlife, blissful beaches, warm air, barefoot and with the breeze in your hair, the Galapagos make an awesome destination.
Far out in the Pacific Ocean, 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador and at the confluence of five major ocean currents, they create a unique ecology on land as well as under water. The incredibly rich phytoplankton starts a food chain that makes swimming in the sea like swimming in a monumental aquarium.
These islands have risen from the sea through volcanic action over the millennia, creating a volcanic hotspot between the Equator, Nazca and Cocos tectonic plates, (further complicated by the Galapagos Triple Junction and the relative motion of the Nazca, Cocos and the Pacific plates). The result is an extraordinary archipelago, with islands of differing antiquity and wildlife populations, and of course, the great variation of species and evolution noted by Charles Darwin. In the short time since he visited in 1835, these islands changed how we view our world.
In the Galapagos only 3 per cent of the landmass is inhabited. On Art Safari here we observe the trul
y remarkable ecosystems and some of the planet’s most important marine reserves. We spend days on land on Santa Cruz Island as well as on a cruise around these staggering islands. For our Island cruise shore excursions we have an English speaking naturalist guide with us at all times. The guide and the art tutor work closely together to expand your knowledge of the ‘Enchanted Islands’ and of the culture and history of The Galapagos.
“…by far the most remarkable feature in the natural history of this archipelago…is that the different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a different set of beings…I never dreamed that islands, about fifty or sixty miles apart, and most of them in sight of each other, formed of precisely the same rocks, placed under a quite similar climate, rising to a nearly equal height, would have been differently tenanted.” Charles Darwin The Voyage of the Beagle.
Although it’s on the Equator, the weather is surprisingly un-tropical. Charles Darwin said how it “is far from being excessively hot…excepting during one short season, very little rain falls, and even then it is irregular…. [T]his seems chiefly caused by the singularly low temperature of the surrounding water, brought here by the great southern Polar current.”
The Galapagos has become one of our favourite destinations.
In 2018 we will be chartering a whole ship and running a dual tour – with Art Safari guests alongside guests from a colleague who runs Photography tours. Book either tour with us – just ask for details as soon as possible as places are already being reserved.
(In case you were wondering what the currents are called, they are the Humboldt Current, South Equatorial Current, Panama Current, North Equatorial Countercurrent and the Cromwell Current)
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