Explore the Galapagos through the lens of your camera with famous photographer Jonathan R. Green.
Pirate legends & mysterious wilds. Discover why Columbus named Venezuela "The Land of Grace."
Keen on getting up close and personal with the underwater creatures off the coast of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands? During a cruise around this area, you can keep a safe distance if you're not in the mood to have a brush with nature, but if you're feeling a little more daring, you may want to squeeze on a wetsuit and hop into the waters by Gordon Rocks to swim with hammerhead sharks.
Don't be alarmed - hammerheads are actually quite docile compared to more stereotypically dangerous sharks like great whites and tiger sharks. Although they can get rather big in deeper waters, they are mostly babies in the Galapagos, which is good news for you if you're on the jittery side.
Hammerheads are typically found in tropical waters and migrate in the summer to cooler temperatures. Because they are usually small, especially in areas where humans swim, they rarely pose any threat, so you can feel completely safe during your Galapagos cruise.
Beneath the surface
Once you put on your mask and test out your oxygen tank one last time, you can jump into the refreshing water and immediately find yourself surrounded by the dazzling royal blue water. As soon as your eyes adjust, you'll be bombarded by spectacular sights, whether your guide has taken you to the middle of a school of hammerheads or graceful manta rays.
Many hammerheads are even more curious than you are, and often swim just a few feet away from divers. Keep in mind that these peaceful fish don't pose any threat - they're just checking out the funny looking creature that just plopped into their home!
Even if you decide that swimming with hammerheads isn't your cup of tea, the view from the deck of your Galapagos cruise ship is simply awe-inspiring. Three volcanic rocks pop out of the water like serene beacons and typically provide a resting ground for migratory birds and native avian creatures like the blue-footed booby.
Millions of years ago, Gordon Rocks was part of an active volcano crater, and after several millennia of geological evolution, the salty waters rolled in and created an oasis for countless reef fish and the majestic hammerhead.
(Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls)
Enjoy a unique tour of vibrant Buenos Aires and learn about the city's history with a bicycle tour. Take in a live Tango performance, and sample regional cuisine. Travel to spectacular Iguazu Falls and experience one of the top destinations in South America, and one of the most beautiful places in the world.
(Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Foz do Iguaçu)
Visit the top sights in Rio de Janiero such as Christ the Redeemer statue and Copacabana beach. Explore Paraty, a beautiful colonial town set on the Atlantic coast. Fly to Iguazu Falls and enjoy nature at its best as you wonder at over 200 latticed cascades. Explore both sides of the falls in this jungle-like paradise with the convenience of private tours.
Women only, save $900 on this special Galapagos Photography Expedition.
Discover the breathtaking untouched wilds of the Galapagos Islands through the lens of your camera with world renowned Royal Geographic Society Fellow photographer Jonathan R. Green.
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