Geographic Expeditions Galápagos
Based in San Francisco, the Geographic Expeditions travel company provides several close-to-nature cruises to the Galápagos Islands. Transportation options include a private charter boat and La Pinta, a 48-person yacht with 10 staterooms and 14 cabins. Meals are served in the dining room or outside on the teak deck, and the yacht also has a bar, a natural history library, and a sundeck. Itineraries are divided between water activities, such as kayaking and snorkeling, and land excursions like mountain biking and hiking with experienced naturalists. Wildlife sightings often include penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, and the famous giant tortoises.
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