A visit to the Galápagos is unlike any other travel experience in the world. The 19-island archipelago was the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Site and an astonishing 9,000 species of flora and fauna call the archipelago home, many of which are endemic.
Discover an abundance of wildlife and natural landscapes with Silver Origin, Silversea’s first destination-specific ship. Never have the islands been so superbly explored with a first-class all-inclusive experience; all-suite accommodation, superior service, Ecuadorian-inspired gourmet excellence, a team of national expert guides, eight Zodiacs and unique excursions offer an extraordinary voyage.
In 2023, Silver Origin will sail to five new Galápagos destinations never visited by Silversea, and an array of new highlight experiences will allow guests to immerse themselves even deeper than before. This expedition is so special; every single moment you will spend ashore and on the water offers a chance to witness the remarkable potential of Mother Nature.
The Galápagos is home to an abundance of unique and endemic animals, from birds such as the popular red and blue-footed Boobies and charismatic penguins, to reptiles including the Galápagos giant tortoise and marine iguanas. Many of the animals inhabiting the islands are inquisitive and unfazed by the presence of humans, making it easier for visitors to interact with them in the wild.
The underwater Galápagos world is swarming with marine life – fish such as sharks and stingrays swim amongst mangrove lagoons and cool waters, whilst sightings of mammals including dolphins and orca whales can be seen in Bolivia and Santiago’s oceans from May to December.
Back on land, connect with hundreds of fascinating species nested on each island, from flamingoes to sea lions and green turtles. For even more unique encounters, the island of Santa Fé is home to the Santa Fé Land Iguana – a species found nowhere else on the planet, whilst the Española Mockingbird is named after its 3.5-million-year-old home, Española Island.
The Galápagos boasts spectacular amounts of diverse scenery, untouched by outside influence. The contrasts of ancient lava fields, cloud forests, scalesia trees and white coralline beaches with delicate seabed’s make up amazing landscapes. Many of the islands have volcanic origins – La Cumbre is the most active volcano of the Galápagos, whilst the imposing Volćano Sierra is the second-largest caldera in the world.
The Galápagos is a storybook made up of captivating history. Learn about the work of Charles Darwin a renowned English naturalist, biologist and geologist, widely recognised for his contribution to evolutionary biology. Did you know that in 1835, after spending five weeks in the Galápagos, the wildlife that Darwin discovered inspired him to develop his Theory of Evolution? A research station and headquarters named after Darwin can be found on Santa Cruz Island. Discover an incredible diversity of Ecuadorian food and culture with Silversea. Visit to Floreana’s Post Office Bay home to a barrel used for letters and news exchanged between whalers and other boats passing by in centuries past.
Considering the unique environment, and ensuring a minimal footprint is left, Silver Origin has been built with state-of-the-art technology and solutions adapted for sailing across the Galápagos. No aspect of Silver Origin has been left to chance. It’s also the most environmentally conscious ship Silversea have ever built. No aspect of Silver Origin has been left to chance with all-suite accommodation, horizon balconies, sophisticated interiors, seamless hybrid spaces and the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galápagos. Enjoy the region’s spellbinding beauty in absolute elegance and comfort with Silversea’s trademark quality of service, small ship intimacy, gourmet excellence and its best and most unique itineraries in the world.
You’ll benefit from unique immersive culinary experiences complemented by regionally grown ingredients making for the finest Ecuadorian and international cuisine. You will also be catered for and pampered each day with superior service from a butler in each all-suite accommodation, to a cool cocktail and snack waiting at the bar after a day of exploration.
But what makes her stand out from the fleet? Silver Origin is built for 100 guests only, with a dedicated Basecamp where guests will prepare for excursions and form meaningful connections with explorers and a team of naturalist experts. Gain exclusive access to insider knowledge about the island’s ecosystems, access destination-related content and enrich your understanding with educational activities such as scientific presentations. There’s also an opportunity to admire historical pictures and artefacts provided by the Geographical Society of London.
Connected to the ships Zodiac embarkation area, Basecamp is the gateway to exploration. Enjoy complimentary usage of expedition gear and amenities and explore the island by Zodiac, kayak or by foot on a guided hike.
SILVER ORIGIN EXPLORES A PRISTINE SANCTUARY THAT IS THE GALAPAGOS
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