Galapagos Islands

Blog posts about IE's Galapagos tours, as well as news and ecotourism.
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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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Vacationers from across the globe book Galapagos Islands cruises to see the archipelago's famed wildlife, which includes some of the most fascinating and approachable creatures on the planet. That distinction extends to the seas surrounding the South American island chain, and some of the region's most interesting marine life can be found in the waters of Black Turtle Cove.

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Galapagos Islands cruises allow adventurers the opportunity to observe some of the most impressive and unique animal species on the planet. While the entire archipelago has been celebrated for its rich biodiversity, recent years have seen a select group of travelers choosing to explore the southernmost landmass, Española Island, to bear witness to the location's final stages of evolution.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santiago, Darwin’s favorite island.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of "Darwin's Enchanted Isles."

"They loll around the harbors and spoon together the same way we do when we sleep, even to the same way we belch and cough. But it’s obvious that in the Galapagos, sea lions rule.

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield has spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of "Darwin's Enchanted Isles."

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IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield has spent the last week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with our knowledgeable guides, and was good enough to share her impressions of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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One of the key factors that attracts travelers to book Galapagos Islands cruises is the archipelago's celebrated wildlife. Indeed, the illustrious chain of islands has entranced many animal enthusiasts over the years, even inspiring the great Charles Darwin to conceive the theory of evolution. Yet while the much-vaunted theory preaches a doctrine of "survival of the fittest," scientists in the Galapagos have launched a new conservation program designed to protect many of the islands' weakest inhabitants from imported predators.

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IE was fortunate to welcome guest Kathryn Lamb and her father, both from London, aboard our Galapagos Islands cruise. Kathryn was good enough to share her daily diary and photos from their Galapagos vacation.

Friday
Today we were at North Seymour where we took a hike and saw all the wildlife we had seen over the course of the week in one place which was fantastic! So we took advantage and made sure we took plenty of photographs!

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