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  • Toubkal summit

    Toubkal Climb MJ

    8 days, visiting 1 country
    Sun 07 Jun - Sun 14 Jun 2015

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    • £669 with flights
      (save £30)
    • £330 without flights
  • Welcome to Northumberland

    Cycling Coast To Coast C2C

    4 days, visiting 1 country
    Fri 12 Jun - Mon 15 Jun 2015

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    • £295 without flights
  • Cerro Lucero

    Moorish Trails SJ

    8 days, visiting 1 country
    Sat 13 Jun - Sat 20 Jun 2015

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    • £629 with flights
      (save £50)
    • £429 without flights
  • Toubkal summit

    Toubkal Climb MJ

    8 days, visiting 1 country
    Sun 21 Jun - Sun 28 Jun 2015

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    • £649 with flights
    • £330 without flights
  • European Brown Bear

    Brown Bear Weekend AFB

    4 days, visiting 1 country
    Fri 26 Jun - Mon 29 Jun 2015

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    • £749 with flights
    • £445 without flights
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The Galapagos Islands Wildlife

Galapagos-Blog-1I travelled to the Galapagos Islands during a holiday to Ecuador last year and it was the highlight of my trip. Being an animal lover, I’ve always been intrigued to see them and I certainly wasn’t left disappointed. In just three days I saw more wildlife than I would have expected to see in three weeks. The biggest surprise though was how confident the animals were with humans - birds land more or less on your feet and iguanas laze on the beach, not even flinching when people walk by them.  One sea-front hotel is even frequented by a sea lion who’s a regular around the pool, and takes it upon himself to spend most of his days lazing on a sun-bed next to the guests!Galapagos-Blog-2

While on Santa Cruz I met the famous Lonesome George – the last tortoise of his kind, as well as a host of other Giant Tortoise species whose shells vary from island to island and are what helped Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution. It’s really interesting to see how the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands has evolved. I also managed to spot some blue-footed boobies which really are beautiful birds.

Galapagos-Blog-5It’s not just the wildlife above the water that’s endemic to the Galapagos Islands. I had the fantastic opportunity to join a boat trip to Santa Fe, where I went snorkelling with sea lions, sharks and turtles. I also spotted marine iguanas which have evolved to swim for prolonged lengths of time underwater while they search for food which is sparse inland. Snorkelling off the coast of Santa Fe was a truly unforgettable experience and to top it all off, a humpback whale jumped out of the water about 200 metres away from me while I was in the water, an experience that you really couldn’t plan.

Galapagos-Blog-4The Galapagos Islands are one of the most amazing places I have ever visited and I would recommend everyone takes a trip to them at some point in their lives. I definitely hope to return one day to see what other unique wildlife I can find in these enchanting islands.

Experience this all for youselve with our Galapagos Islands Cruise or Ecuador Wildlife Tour

Louise Ponting PR Executive