Ever thought of taking a cruise to Galapagos, a trekking trip to the Andes, or a nature tour in the Amazon jungle? There's a country in the center of the world where you can do it all: Ecuador.
The best known destination to travel and take a cruise in Ecuador is the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Darwin's travels in 1835, and declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The most amazing aspect of taking several cruises to the islands is their wildlife. Endemic creatures such as giant turtles, marine iguanas, and many bird species such as blue footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, finches and mockingbirds make this a dream come true for any naturalist. The Galapagos are a must for those interested in scuba diving cruises and snorkeling, as its coasts are bursting with marine life.
The Galapagos archipelago is located about 600 miles (1000 km) off the coast of Ecuador, and it consists of over 100 volcanic islands and islets, of which only five are inhabited.