The Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador in South America, is where evolutionary science was born, after Charles Darwin observed how the fittest of the species survived in inimical conditions. And now travel outfitters Abercrombie and Kent (A&K) promise to take you up close to Lonesome George, the world’s last known Pinta Island tortoise, sea lions and iguana, penguins and frigate birds.

Seeing blue: Among the many highlights of Galapagos’ wildlife is the adorable blue-footed Booby. Photo: Thinkstock

The trip costs $500 less than other similar trips, with stateroom accommodation going for $6,195 (around Rs2.9 lakh) per person for double occupancy, for the cruise and internal airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito), if you book by 30 September. Log on to for details.

Chartered waters

Andaman calm: The post-monsoon period is the best time to visit. Photo: Thinkstock

Soul food

Escape: This resort’s a good place to detox.

You need to stay at the village for all 21 days of the programme—no short cuts there—with each day costing Rs9,000, inclusive of stay, food, consultancies and therapies. For details, log on to

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