There is a reason why going on a Galapagos holiday is on most savvy traveler's "bucket-lists." Every bit as magical as people have been saying since pirates and explorers first landed on its volcanic shores, nothing can prepare you for a visit to this exotic masterpiece of Mother Nature – the "real wildlife". Now, how should one take the most of such a place that has so much to offer? Of course, considering what you are looking for is important. However, it is also important to understand the local aspects, such as, how tourism here works.
The Galapagos is, above all, a protected area declared by the UNESCO as a Natural Heritage for Humanity. It therefore has strict regulations that defines the limits and hence, programs of the activities allowed. This, however, does not mean that all excursions are the same. As Mies van der Rohe liked to say, “God is in the details”. Even though as a program, every activity can be determined as a visit to an island on which you will be able to see certain animals and do certain activities, each yacht, hotel and of course ground operations such as ours, add its own “detail”. In other words, the context makes the difference. One’s program to Bartolome Island may focus on snorkeling while another focuses on getting closer to the penguins. After all, the small details determine the experience of your journey. Here is where we come in: we consider YOU. Which island you choose to visit, when, to see what, and to do what… Which ship you choose to navigate the enchanting islands based on your profile. Each detail, even down to things like the brand of teabag placed on the coffee table counts. Now, we are not only considering this for a service-oriented factor but also as a matter of efficiency as well. It is simply a way to minimize the risk of having an unpleasant event. We not only believe this is making every penny count, but making every penny really value.
So there are these kinds of factors that have to be intertwined. How does it come together? Whether on an unforgettable honeymoon to the Galapagos on board a luxury cruise, on a scientific expedition to witness what Darwin himself saw in this cage-less zoo, trekking the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild, snorkeling pristine waters along penguins and sea lions... At Surtrek, we’ve had an intimate relationship with this living laboratory for years (+20 years as a matter of fact...) so we can guarantee that your experience here meets your expectations and hopefully exceeds them. We try the coffee served on cruises, befriend guides and crew members, check what kind of store is available nearby the hotel, check the water temperature in showers and even fun inspections such as trying out the cocktails offered at the bar. What is more, we are locals with a globalized mindset, exquisite taste, meticulous craftsmanship and inspired curiosity. We will not only redefine the way to sense this natural paradise, but the concept of luxury in itself. Let us avoid a mere vacation and rather immerse into a once-in-a-lifetime, meaningful, nourishing mosaic of special moments. We thus bring you the Best of the Galapagos.
“I had a great trip with the liveabord at Agressor II, everything was just perfect, the boat, the trip, the team and the dives. I would like to thank for all the support from Surtrek team.”