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SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI83furtherafieldand albatross. Ashore you'll encounter land iguanas (whichgrow to over three-feet long and can live up to 50 years) dozingamong the cactusin the midday sun, while on the water's edgeyou'll discover their brothers the marine iguanas (there areseveral hundred thousand of them in the Galapagos). This is theonly sea-going lizard in the world and it is an excellent exampleof how a species can adapt to its environment. Due to the fragile nature of the region, and the strong focuson conservation, a guide will escort you to guarantee you haveminimum impact on the environment and ensure you get themost from your visit as you clamber over lava and boulders andwade through shallows. The islands can be visited at any time of year, although theNational Park (comprising 97 per cent of the land area of theGalapagos) limits the volume of visitors. Peak seasons are midJune to early September and mid December to mid January. FromDecember to May the temperature is warmer and seas are calm,and despite light rain it's sunny. It's a time when flowers bloomand birds and sea turtles nest. June to November is cooler andcan be cloudy, but fish fill the sea and you're more likely to seealbatross and penguins. It's also a good time to dive. Best of both worldsYour days may well be spent happily clambering over space-likelandscapes and wallowing in waves, but rest assured your yachtis close to hand with comfort and excellent service. You cansunbathe on deck while scanning blue skies filled with wheelingA trip to the Galapagos brings home the need to protect ourplanet. As such, CNI is delighted to offer advice on how tooffset the carbon emissions of your trip, helping you to travelmore responsibly. Please contact your charter broker for moreinformation. You may also like to support the work ofconservation projects in this region. For information, contact.. The Galapagos Conservation Trust: Galapagos Conservancy: Charles Darwin Foundation: www.darwinfoundation.orgACT TODAY; SAVE TOMORROWAbove, from left:bird life is abundant on the islands;hammerhead sharks;seals waddle across the rocky landscapes;blue-footed boobiesbirds, or gaze overboard at an exotic concoction of sea life. Speaking of which, the Galapagos extends wonderfulopportunities for experienced divers who can add sharks, sealions, fur seals, turtles, rays, mantas, marina iguanas and reeffish to their tick-list of things to watch out for. Only limited,authorised diving is permitted (and never from your ownvessel), so again, to avoid disappointment research andplanning are required before you travel. Whether to embrace a new charter experience or to explorea remarkable habitat, a cruise of the Galapagos is a uniqueopportunity to learn about the world on a new level andbecome inspired to take action to safeguard the future of thesewonderful islands.nFor detailed information on cruising in the Galapagos, please contact yourCNI charter broker, see page 6 for details.

84Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010In this new series for sea&i,we focus on how the different departments of CNI meet all youryachting needs. This issue, we visit the USA charter brokers Above, from left:Diana Lee Mares-Brody; Agnes Howard; Suzette McLaughlin; Barbara Dawsonteamtalkpalm beach & fort lauderdale