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Galapagos Penguin


The Galapagos Penguin is unique for many reasons. The rarest and second-smallest penguin in the world, it weighs in at four to five pounds and is the only penguin that lives on or above the equator. You’ll mostly find the Galapagos Penguin on Fernandina Island and the western shorelines of Isabela Island, though some small communities do call the other islands home. The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin that moults twice a year, and its breeding cycle is uniquely irregular and based entirely on the current climate, water temperature, and nutrient levels. They can lay their eggs as many as three times per year, and can even raise two chicks in three months during times when food is plentiful.

This adaptability to their environment with regards to breeding is really what sets the Galapagos Penguin apart. When the Galapagos seas fill with warm, nutrient rich water, the Galapagos Penguin can snap into action, shedding their feathers to adjust to the temperature and panting to keep cool — as they have no sweat glands — and quickly launching into breeding mode. This adaptability has been put to the test over the past forty years, however, and the Galapagos Penguin is now endangered with a population equal to about half of what it was in the 1970s. This is due largely to the debilitating El Nino storms of the late 20th century and human impact in the form of rats and cats brought by whalers that now prey on the penguins.

Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18