Pink Flamingo

Cruising through the Galapagos Islands has to be the ultimate wildlife experience as the animals that reside in this Ecuadorian archipelago famously have no fear of humans. Here, you can swim with playful sea lions; meet the giant tortoises of the Charles Darwin Research Station; and get up close and personal with birds including flamingos, gulls, cormorants, penguins and boobies. Marine life is also varied with whales and dolphins regularly spotted in the waters around the islands.

Silversea offers a seven-night round-trip voyage from Baltra in the Galapagos. Flights are extra, but gratuities, excursions and drinks are included. (For more information, visit silversea.com).

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