Ecuador and Galápagos

Situated west of South America in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their exquisite beauty and unique array of wildlife and fauna. Avalon cruises provide a rare and enthralling insight into the untouched landscapes and inhabitants of this unique volcanic archipelago – from the turquoise ocean views, lava formations and white beaches to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and bird life. It was here, in 1835, that the naturalist Charles Darwin, sailing on the Beagle, spent 19 days observing the islands’ ecology, flora and fauna, noting the adaptation of species like finches and tortoises to each island. Somewhere between open-air museums and living laboratories, these lava-sculpted gems are a utopia for all travellers, from wildlife and nature lovers to adventurers and history buffs. Before your cruise, there’s time in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Backed by the Andes Mountains, this absorbing city offers elegant colonial plazas, ornate churches and the nearby Equatorial Monument, which marks the end of the world!

Highlights

  • Santa Cruz
    • Lush hills, volcanic craters, coralline beaches, and home to the Charles Darwin Research Centre.
  • Santiago
    • Colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas and colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs live in its coves.
  • Bartolomé
    • Look out for Galápagos penguins on snorkelling trips.
  • San Cristobal
    • Famed for having its own endemic species of mockingbird and lava lizard, and where Darwin first landed.
  • Quito
    • A sightseeing tour of the Ecuadorian capital which includes the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza, and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery.

Ecuador and Galápagos

Explore Ecuador and experience the captivating natural wonders of the incredible Galápagos Islands archipelago

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Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Truly the experience of a lifetime, marvel at the magnificence of Machu Picchu, the enchanting beauty of Ecuador and the captivating natural wonders of the Galápagos

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Cruises in Ecuador and Galápagos

Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Offer

from £7,447 per person

  • 16 days
  • Price based on 23 Jun 19
  • 6 dates available

Was from £7,748pp, now from £7,448pp Offer prices based on two sharing and subject to real-time flight price fluctuations Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions and marine iguanas - just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colourful fish, sea lions and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travellers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures and be awed at the amazing natural world, this cruise adventure is not to be missed!