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Island hopping in the Galapagos with SATO

South America Tourism Office's SOPHIE JONES takes us on a journey through one of the most fascinating places on earth with SATO.

Two flightless cormorants and a marine iguana


THE GALAPAGOS Islands are home to the highest number of endemic species found nowhere else in the world.


Most travellers have the misconception that this outstanding collection of islands can only be seen by cruising. However, the South America Tourism Office can offer an amazing alternative.


For people who are not keen cruisers and prefer a little more flexibility when travelling, a land based program is perfect. This gives you the same opportunity to witness the breathtaking biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands that you would experience on a cruise, but it feels more intimate and personalised.


Blue fotted booby


Whether you visit one island, two or more, you will still be blown away by the amount of different species you'll find.


Take our six-day’ Island Hopping’ program, for example. This tour encompasses all of the beauty that the Galapagos Islands have to offer based on Santa Cruz Island and Isabela Island.


In just six days you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to witness the majestic Galapagos Tortoises in the wild; swim with the playful sea lions in Loberia; walk on the white sand at Tortuga Bay; observe iguanas and sea birds in Punta Estrada; snorkel with white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions; ride horses to the crater of the Sierra Negro Volcano and much more.


Galapagos seal


On two days out of the six day program you have the flexibility of choosing two other islands to visit as full day excursions.


Discover the amazing landscapes and fascinating geological formations of Bartolome Island; watch the blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance on North Seymour Island; South Plazas Island, a small island with a high concentration wildlife including Frigate Birds, Land Iguanas, Marine Iguanas and the Nazca Booby; or Santa Fe Island, home to the endemic Santa Fe Iguana.


The Galapagos Islands may just inspire you to think differently about the world. The creatures that call the islands home, many found nowhere else in the world, act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi.


Galapagos tortoise


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Written by: Sophie Jones
Published: 9 July 2018

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