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A vacation in the Galapagos Islands will introduce you to a vast array of wildlife, from sea lions and sharks to turtles and penguins
Why Galapagos Islands?
Travel to the Galapagos Islands, and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a biodiversity of awe-inspiring proportions.
These are the very islands where Charles Darwin conceived his groundbreaking theory of natural selection – and you’ll see why. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you could think of these islands as a living museum of evolution, like no other on earth. Home to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and iguanas – among countless other species – wildlife lovers among you will be in your element here.
The islands’ landscapes are just as impressive. Located at the axis of three major tectonic plates, this is a region shaped by intense volcanic activity, with Sierra Negra boasting one of the world’s largest calderas. Your adventure to the Galapagos Islands will immerse you in nature’s wild magic.
Facts about the Galapagos Islands
What's the weather like in the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are on the equator so the weather is warm for most of the year with average temperatures in the high season of 84F (30C) and 69F (21C) in winter.
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language of the Galapagos Islands?
What's the currency?
United States Dollar
The Galapagos timezone is GMT-6
Top three activities
1. Encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat
2. Hike to the caldera of Sierra Negra
3. Explore Isabela by bike
Top five dishes to try
2. Encebollado fish stew
3. Seco: stewed meat served with plantain
4. Fried plantain
5. Encocado: fish served with coconut cream
Top places to visit in the Galapagos
The largest of the Galapagos Islands is also one of the least inhabited. A volcanic and biodiverse island, Isabella is ripe for exploration and a great spot for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. Here, you’ll find volcanoes, colonies of flamingos and a huge array of marine life, all on one island.
The calm turquoise waters of this beautiful bay are home to sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas and rays. At low tide, the entrance to the bay closes and there’s a shallow crevice where you’ll find reef sharks swimming along. Catch a boat over to this small bay, keeping an eye out for penguins and blue-footed boobies along the way.
Explore the Santa Cruz coast from the water at Itabaca Canal. If you hop in a kayak, you can paddle through red mangrove forests and along cliff banks formed through ancient lava flows. It’s also home to sea lions and reef sharks, so keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.
North Seymour Island
Head over to this beautiful uninhabited island for a day trip to observe native Galapagos birds in their element as they fish at one of the most important spots for local birds. This island is a great spot for hiking and snorkeling, but make sure you bring a picnic.
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