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The Galapagos islands travel will allow the guests to travel to a land that is home to some of the rarest and most precious species of flora and fauna. This wonder of the land was a secret to the world for centuries. It got its fame after the famous book Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was released. Galapagos islands tours will take the guests through treks and excursions during which they can spot the most exquisite of animals such as tortoise, various reptiles, penguins, flamingos, etc.
The Galapagos Islands have been declared a World Heritage Center by UNESCO to protect the unusual endemic species that had evolved here. Discovered recently, the place has become a hotspot for guests in Ecuador.
Location: Off west coast of Ecuador
Nearest Airport:Seymour Airport on Baltra Island
How to reach: Travel by boat between islands
Famous for: Exotic birding and wildlife
Best time to visit: June to January
WHAT TO SEE
Reptiles: Galápagos tortoise, Green sea turtle, Marine iguana, Galápagos land iguana, Lava lizard, Galápagos pink land iguana
Birds: Galapagos Penguin, San Cristobal, Floreana, Espanola & Galapagos Mockingbird, American Flamingo, Waved Albatross, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Shearwater, Magnificent & Great Frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed & Lave Gulls, Blue-footed, Nazca & Red-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorant, Brown Noddy, Galapagos & Paint-billed Crakes, Lava Heron,
Galapagos islands toursgive you the option to stay in comfort in one of the hotels that surround the archipelago or dive into the wilderness and live on the island itself. The place is famous for its birding experience. Birds that are endemic to the place are found nowhere else. The place is shrouded in mystery and fables still, and every mystery adds to the magic that the Galapagos islands offer. The place is an amalgamation of active volcanoes and some of the most mystic sights.
The main Galapagos islands have low to none habitats of humans. One can book a hotel near the archipelago and travel to all the islands with boats. The boat rides that are guided by experts will bring you closer to a world that few have seen before.
The excursions that are included in boat rides take from 6 to 8 days to complete and take the guests through the most terrific places of the Galapagos Islands national park. One will get the opportunity to traverse through the waters and then land on the shore of the islands to explore the hidden secrets of the place.
Things to Do:
There is an array of species of animals that are only available here. As the Galapagos islands were cut off from the world for centuries, it has developed its ecosystem. One can catch a glimpse of blue-footed boobies, albatross, penguins, and other interesting species.
There are various diving spots scattered on the shores of Wolf and Darwin islands. With the help of an expert, one can explore marine life which includes hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, whale sharks, and various other schools of fish.
If diving is too high a commitment for the tourist, then one can try snorkeling at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock to explore marine life. Swim with the sea lions and meet the cute sea turtles.
The volcanoes over the years have created lava beds which are best for a hiking adventure. Take on the challenge of hiking the world’s largest crater, Sierra Negra, and be rewarded with the most beautiful landscape views.
There are other activities such as kayaking and surfing available in the Galapagos Islands.
Wake the Discovery-channel lover inside by visiting the breeders on Isabela that breed the precious giant tortoise. One may even get the chance to hold the tiny egg and learn about the adaptation of these tortoises in such a volcanic area.
With the tortoises, one can explore the unique penguins that crowd the area of Isabela. The wingless birds are the star of theGalapagos islands tours.One can also visit the Wall of Tears and learn about the cruel colonial times.
With sea lions and marine iguanas, one can not miss the magnificent Fernandina. The place is also home to cormorants. The island also has one of the most active volcanoes.
In the warmer months, the Espanola island is flocked with the largest and most melancholy seabirds, albatross. The place holds one of the largest populations of these magnificent birds in the world.