Terra Firma or Oceanus?
Cruising around the Galapagos started in the 1960s. A decade later, the Islands began to establish themselves as a tourist destination within the Galapagos National Park’s strict controls on tourism and greater emphasis was placed on expanding land-based facilities rather than on the more expensive and ecologically-sensitive cruises. New activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, diving, surfing, hiking, biking and horseback riding in the highlands and even camping (with a permit) were developed to offer a more interactive Galapagos experience.
Today the array of hotel accommodation offers the discerning traveller a far greater choice at affordable prices. You can stay in a hotel and do as much on land as you can at sea in greater comfort whilst enjoying flexible itineraries and personal space. Depending on the season, 80% - 90% of the flora and fauna can be seen from the land-based programs which include yacht excursions to other islands and the secluded beaches and coves of Santa Cruz. Plus you get the chance to mingle with the locals, learn about their culture and cuisine and support the local economy. As the Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site; preservation and conservation are paramount… and best of all, you can reduce your carbon footprint too!
Here is an in-depth guide to what you can see and do in the Galapagos: