galapagos islands

Galapagos Travel Experiences: As Unique as the Islands are Remote

If you and yours are looking for a relaxing and incredibly private getaway in a pristine destination, let us remind you that the Galapagos Archipelago—situated 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador—is an incredibly untouched, visually stunning part for the world. Unlike Bishop Tomas de Berlanga’s, accidentally arrived on the remote islands in 1535, your journey to the islands would be marked by exquisite  intention.

While the islands offer countless activities for every type of traveller,  we highlight two stand-out experiences here—to give you a taste of what awaits in the Galapagos—however, do keep in mind that these islands offer an array of activities.

Paddle Alongside Wildlife in the Itabaca Channel

Perhaps the best way to get to know the distinct islands is by finding your rhythm paddling down the calm turquoise waters or testing your balance for a laidback stand up paddle session. Separating the Baltra and Santa Cruz islands, the clarity of the Itabaca Channel reveals the marine biodiversity found beneath the liquid surface—including white tipped reef sharks—while the picturesque surrounding environment of red mangrove forests and lava cliffs stun you with their natural beauty.

Families traveling with younger children will revel in strengthening their bond through adventure as they share a two-seat ocean kayak and witness a display of wildlife unique to this remote pocket of the world. And while it may seem daunting to the unaccustomed, stand up paddleboard is a great way to build focus and strength—not to mention, gain a new perspective of the natural world.

Rich with wildlife on land and sea, venturing down these waters will give you the privileged opportunity to spot numerous curious creatures year round, such as the blue-footed boobies, who have yet to develop a fear of humans.

Private Yacht to the Iconic Bartolome Islands

As you head to Bartolome Islands aboard the comfortable and swift Windrose—the only luxury boat that provides such navigable tours—this part of the journey will become a memorable moment for both you and your family.

As you head to Bartolome Islands aboard the comfortable and swift Windrose—the only luxury boat that provides such navigable tours—this part of the journey will become a memorable moment for both you and your family.

Disembark upon the islet (an area of just .5 square miles) and hike up its volcanic cone to take in one of the most scenic views of the surrounding Galapagos Islands and the breathtaking landscapes of Bartolome. Accompanied by a local guide, it is also an opportune moment to learn about the volcanic origins of the Galapagos Islands. Afterwards, a dingy ride along the crystal clear coastline of Bartolome is a sure moment to witness the Galapagos penguin, an exciting way to wrap up the day before heading back to the yacht for a gourmet meal.

An Adventure that is Exclusively Yours

The best way to island-hop the Galapagos Islands is to do it aboard a chartered yacht. What a way to take in thee islands. Your itinerary is totally customizable and your crew will enjoy the privacy. Ask us about our preferred boats. They include affordable catamarans!

For the latest on our health and safety protocols and the adaptive measures taken by the Galapagos Islands, please contact us—info@latinexcursions.com —and one of our travel designers will contact you directly.

Not Yet Ready to Pack Your Bags?

Bring the taste of the Pacific to your home with Maito de Pescado, just one of the many dishes inspired by the sea that you will sample while staying at the ecoluxury villas of Montemar in the Galapagos. Meaning “wrapped fish,” maito is a traditional Ecuadorian dish that highlights the natural flavors of the fish. Typically accompanied by rice or root vegetables such as yuca, give the recipe a try:

Ingredients

– Tilapia Filets
– Salt
– Banana leaves (3 per fish filet)
– Natural fiber (for securing packaging)

Process

1. Light your grill.
2. Clean tilapia then season with salt on both sides.
3. Clean banana leaves. These will be used to wrap the fish, so if they need to be made more flexible simply heat over the fire until they bend more easily.
4. Using three banana leaves per filet, wrap each piece of fish then tie securely with natural fiber. Place on the grill for 20-25 minutes, allowing heat to steam fish.

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