The remote Galapagos Islands lie more than 600 miles off of the coast of Ecuador, straddling the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, and their accessible wildlife has provided a living study of evolutionary science. Trust the experts at International Expeditions to provide a comprehensive look at the landscapes, wildlife and current conservations issues facing the Galapagos Islands. Cruise enthusiasts can also find insider’s tips, as well as photography and stories from past IE guests.

Travelers interested in Galapagos Islands cruises will also enjoy expedition videos, restaurant and site information for your time in Ecuador, and the latest in travel news from IE’s knowledgeable Galapagos naturalist travel guides.

galapagos islands marine iguanaGalapagos Islands Cruises Offer Iguana Sightings
Like many species of the Galapagos Islands, marine and land iguanas are colorful, eccentric and can vary noticeably depending on the island you happen to be visiting.
galapagos islands pinta tortoiseThe Search is on for a Mate for Last Pinta Tortoise on Earth
Now it seems that the days when vacationers could see the ancient Pinta tortoise could be numbered, as the species has dwindled down to a single representative.
albatross mating on hood island in the galapagosAlbatrosses Show Their Love in the Galapagos
Not many people go to the Galapagos Islands for a show, but that is exactly what they may get if they run into an albatross pair along the craggy cliffs of Española (Hood) Island.
galapagos islands cerro brujo wildlife sea lionGet Up Close and Personal with Galapagos Sea Lions
While Galapagos visitors can expect to spot blue-footed boobies and finches, it's likely that the most memorable encounter they will have will be with a sea lion.
galapagos doveGalapagos Doves are an Evolutionary Wonder
While Genovesa Island can overwhelm Galapagos Islands cruise guests with many opportunities to see spectacular wildlife, one underrated bird to look for is the Galapagos dove.
stingrays at black turtle cove in the galapagosIdyllic marine life thrives in Galapagos’ Black Turtle Cove
Some of the Galapagos' most interesting marine life can be found in the waters of Black Turtle Cove—a red mangrove estuary on Santa Cruz Island.
hood island galapagos albatrossSee Evolution at Work on Española Island in the Galapagos
The beautiful island, which many also refer to as Hood Island, is possibly the oldest isle in the chain, with an age estimated to be between 3 and 4 million years.
galapagos islands wildlife conservation initiative thumbScientists Launch New Wildlife Conservation Initiative in the Galapagos
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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Endangered Giant Tortoises Released on Pinta Island
Galapagos Islands cruise guests always love meeting famous "Lonesome George" at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The giant tortoise, the last of his subspecies, is a native of Pinta Island, where the Galapagos National Park officials have just released 39 giant tortoises.
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 New Marine Life Found in Galapagos Waters
British researchers from the University of Southampton have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands.


galapagos islands volcano plantsLava plants of the Galapagos Islands
The islands, formed by volcanoes, have a wide variety of climates and vegetative zones each hosting a unique set of flora and fauna.
 galapagos islands naturalist 5 Questions With a Galapagos Naturalist
Anyone who has traveled with International Expeditions will tell you that our guides absolutely make their journey! We're thrilled to help you get to know Galapagos Islands guide and naturalist Cristina Rivadeneira.
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Galapagos Frigatebirds Genetically Unique
Researchers have used genetic testing to determine that the frigatebirds in the Galapagos Islands have been genetically different from frigatebirds found elsewhere for more than half a million years.
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 Lady Bugs Do Battle for Galapagos
Invasive species are threatening the Galapagos Islands' native flora and fauna, with alien or exotic species making up as much as 23% of the archipelago's insect fauna. One of these insect invaders is being brought under control by the lady bug beetle.


galapagos island cruise guest blog postGuest Post: A Full Day on Santa Cruz Island
IE guest and journalist Julie Hatfield spent a week exploring the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador, and was good enough to share her impressions of Santa Cruz Island.
galapagos cruise guestsGuest Galapagos Diary, Days 1-3
My dad and I were very excited to be finally setting off for our 10-day adventure. Before the trip, I was keen to gain a basic understanding of what to expect and what I was likely to see on the Islands.
 bartolome island galapagos islands cruisesGalapagos Islands Cruise Guest Diary: End of an Expedition
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...