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Close encounters in the Galapagos

If you're thinking about taking a luxury tour to see some of the world's most exotic creatures, your mind may wander toward visions of giraffes and lions in Africa. During a Galapagos cruise, however, you can treat yourself to both the luxuries of a seafaring vacation as well as the untamed and unparalleled wildlife that inspired the works of Charles Darwin more than 100 years ago.

Located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this secluded archipelago has remained isolated from the rest of the world for centuries, allowing for flora and fauna to thrive without outside influences. Both the land and marine environments of the Galapagos are home to rare creatures, including the Sally Lightfoot crab, hundreds of varieties of birds and even iguanas.

If you want to get up close and personal with the natural world during a cruise of the Galapagos, you can book a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure to witness the magnificent sight of massive manta rays, endangered green sea turtles and the hard-to-find orange seahorse.

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