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Galapagos Albatross


The Galapagos Albatross is most noteworthy for its size. The largest bird in the entire Galapagos, its wingspan reaches over 8 feet long. When compared with other birds of the Galapagos like finches or even cormorants, the Galapagos Albatross is the jumbo jet in the sky. Its size dictates its breeding cycle. Such a large creature can only get airborne with the help of high trade winds, meaning that this massive bird must lay all of its eggs, incubate them, hatch them, and raise them to the point where they can fly on their own before the wind dies down in late January. Calculating the time needed to hit this deadline, the Galapagos Albatross arrives on Espanola Island in April to start the process. These nesting months are almost the only time you’ll find these birds on dry land, as they mostly inhabit the skies and the seas — where they can feed on crustaceans and small fish. If you can catch sight of them on land during the mating cycle, you’ll be delighted by their dance, a spectacular performance that includes circular movements and a loud clacking sound made with their long beaks.

These majestic creatures are endangered, and are considered most vulnerable due to the singularity of their habitat. While they are known to migrate as far as the shores of mainland Ecuador and Peru, the Galapagos Albatross relies on Espanola Island as their only land-based habitat and breeding ground, returning to the tiny island each year. The species’ very existence depends on the maintenance of that ecosystem, making it vulnerable indeed.

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
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
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
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
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
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