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cerro dragon on santa cruz island

Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island: A Testament to Conservation Efforts in Galapagos

By | Galapagos

Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island is a beautiful visitor site that can be explored on Yacht La Pinta’s Western Islands itinerary. The island itself offers a great location to experience sunsets and is also a remarkable testament to one of the many conservation efforts that the Galapagos National Park has implemented throughout the archipelago in order to help combat the presence of invasive species. Read More

last day of charles darwin's visit to galapagos

Commemorating the Last Day of Charles Darwin’s Visit to Galapagos

By | Galapagos, History

October 20th, 1835 –

The HMS Beagle has now concluded the end of its Galapagos Islands survey. This is the last day of Charles Darwin’s visit to Galapagos. By this point, Captain Fitzroy, his Officers, and Crew have prepared the vessel for the extra long 3,200-mile (5,150 kilometer) crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Next Destination: Society Islands (Tahiti). Read More

Darwin in Galapagos

Charles Darwin in Galapagos: The HMS Beagle leaves the Port of Callao, Bound for the Enchantes Isles

By | Galapagos, History

The voyage of the HMS Beagle is now around four years old. Charles Darwin has jumped to the official position of on board Naturalist, after Robert McCormick quit the position back in Rio de Janeiro. It is now September 7th, 1835 and, just about a month ago, Darwin writes to his sister Catherine: “I am very anxious to see the Galapagos Islands – I think both the Geology and Zoology will not fail in being very interesting.”
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Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds and Their Chicks: It’s All in the Family

By | Animals, Galapagos

Huge and majestic, frigatebirds in the Galapagos are often seen passively dominating the skies, hovering in the gentle carriage of a strong breeze as they survey the world below them. Their huge wings and jet-black colour often make them seem rather ominous, but these gentle giants are actually the most endearing of parents when it comes to their chicks. Given their frequency to being in the air so often, getting a chance to see these giant birds down on the ground with their tiny chicks is actually a pretty special sight to behold in the Galapagos. Read More

galapagos flightless cormorant courtship nesting

Forces of Attraction: Flightless Cormorant Courtship & Nesting Behavior

By | Animals, Galapagos

A peculiar pair of wings flap frantically into the air without giving any signs of flight, shedding golden drops of water up into the deep blue sky that covers a setting sun. The Flightless Cormorant – an endemic species of the Galapagos whose only homes in the entire world are Fernandina and the western coast of Isabela – is one of the more remarkable evolutionary sights that visitors get to behold when they visit the enchanted isles. Their vestigial wings are but a visual echo of what once served a more airborne purpose and their progeny are but a continuation of that same echo. In order to perpetuate their unique species, the flightless cormorant undergoes a rather intricate series of steps and rituals that add to its captivating mystique.
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marriage proposal at sea

The Evolution of the Heart: A Marriage Proposal at Sea

By | Galapagos, Testimonials

Yacht La Pinta: 16 – 20 March: A Marriage Proposal at Sea

Prehistoric-looking creatures, raw volcanic earth spewing plumes of hot smoke, and blazing sunsets raging overhead. There’s something about the enchanted isles that brings us closer to the root of our existence on this beautiful planet. Theories abound for how evolution got us here, for why certain species tend to have monogamous pairing while others mysteriously choose to die alone. But as humans, the question always lingers: how would we have gotten to where we are today, if not for our relationships with one another?
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Best Bird Sightings in the Galapagos

Tips for the Best Bird Sightings in the Galapagos

By | Animals, News

The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator approximately 600 miles west from the coast of Ecuador. Twenty islands islands, over 50 islets and some 250 rocks comprise this remote archipelago. What makes the Galapagos unique is the unbelievable biodiversity found in the islands. A delicate ecosystem comprised of plants and animals makes the best bird sightings in the Galapagos. Thousands of miles of open ocean provide as many as 1,000,000 seabirds with a place of their own. Read More

First Settlers in the Galapagos

First Settlers in the Galapagos

By | History, News

The first settlers in the Galapagos that arrived to the islands played an intense game of fate and luck. Surviving under the hot equatorial sun without food or fresh water for up to weeks at a time was certainly not for everyone. However, when they got to the islands, neither was there a five-star hotel waiting. The introduction of life to these barren volcanic islands was a slow and extremely complex process, as it didn’t just have to arrive, but also find the appropriate habitat to survive and reproduce in a land made from molten lava and ash.

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