Live an Issue of National Geographic - Visit Galápagos!

Luxury Adventures: Have you ever wanted to snorkel with playful sea lions, kneel beside marine iguanas and marvel at penguins all in one vacation? If so, you'll want to plan a holiday to the Galápagos Islands which provides great opportunities to explore beautiful landscapes and observe incredible wildlife, while relaxing in comfort.

The Galápagos Islands, which are located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are widely known for their unique wildlife and diverse geography. The first non-scientific travelers visited the archipelago in 1967 with Lindblad Travel and since that time the islands have been delighting travelers. Travelers regularly say that one of the most interesting things about visiting Galápagos is the unique natural habit, which allows travelers to come face to face with wildlife that has never developed a fear of people!

The Galápagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and six smaller isles, which together embrace some 50,000 sq km (19,500 sq miles) of ocean. With such a vast geography to explore, one of the best ways to visit the islands is to travel by boat. Small-ship expeditions are very popular in Galápagos for good reason. Small ships offer a great balance between comfort and convenience. More information about how to choose a small-ship travel operator can be found at

When looking for a travel provider make certain that you select an operator that offers up-close exploration opportunities. The longest running travel operator in Galápagos, Lindblad Expeditions, features nimble Zodiacs and kayaks that take guests onto the volcanic shores and pristine beaches of the archipelago. Lindblad Expeditions also has an undersea program which utilizes underwater video to bring seldom seen or heard worlds to life. Lindblad Expeditions also works in partnership with National Geographic, which enables travelers to participate in the world of natural and cultural history as engaged, active explorers who care about the planet. And, every Lindblad expedition in Galápagos is led by a team of Naturalists (including an Underwater Specialist), a videographer, and Expedition Leader, providing a multitude of resources for a rich and unmatched understanding of the incredible wildlife and special environment that is known as the "Land of Darwin."

The Galápagos archipelago has been known by many different names, including the "Enchanted Islands," and once you go you will understand why!

Visit to learn how you can join a team of expert naturalists on a small-ship expedition cruise of the Galapagos.

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