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When it comes to observing wildlife, travellers usually have two options. Catch a glimpse of it in its natural habitat, displaying natural behaviours, or visit a zoo to see the animals up close.
In the Galapagos Islands, travellers don’t have to decide. The archipelago is full of endemic species found nowhere else on earth. Most of these creatures have never learned to fear humans and thus can be observed up close in their native habitat, all without compromising their natural behaviours. Each island has its own geology, flora, and fauna, and the surrounding ocean is full of diverse marine life as well.
New direct flights from Toronto to Quito, Ecuador make it easy for Canadians to visit the natural biosphere that is the Galapagos Islands. In the past, visiting Ecuador has always required that extra step, with no nonstop flights from Canada to Quito. A new flight from Toronto to Quito with Air Canada Rouge answers that call. This new service began December, and makes it easier than ever before for Canadians to reach Ecuador and explore Quito and the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands are an ideal playground for wildlife and for the Globetrotter in search of it. Blue footed boobies, frigate birds, and albatrosses are just a few of the native residents, and those are just the birds on land. The underwater viewing opportunities are just as abundant. Where else can you see penguins swimming alongside tropical fish?
The Galapagos is a year-round destination, but March offers perhaps the best wildlife viewing opportunities of the year, since water levels are at their highest. Land temperatures are also ideal, reaching the high 20s C/high 80s F, making the islands a great place to cut short a North American winter.
Since the Galapagos Islands sit right on the equator, this isn’t exactly ‘springtime’ here as you’d know it. Nonetheless, you’ll find many of the animals at their most (ahem!) active, as they embrace the season of rebirth and renewal. These include red-footed boobies, green sea turtles, marine and land Iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, and greater flamingoes.
Whether they’re flying from Canada or the US, there are some amazing offers at hand allowing your clients enjoy the Galapagos Islands. They can save up to $1000US / $1350CA on the 5 star luxury vessel the Elite or take advantage of free regional airfare when sailing on the Corals or Legend, saving $550US / $715CA.
The Galapagos is ready. Are your globetrotters?
Goway offers the most vessels for the Galapagos Islands, as well as comprehensive tours and itineraries in and around Ecuador, including the highlands coast and the Amazon Rainforest
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