The Galapagos Islands do not offer the same vacation that so many other top island destinations do, but that is why it is so loved. Once you visit this magical place you will understand where the old adage, “Great things come in small packages” comes from. Essentially the Galapagos are just a tiny cluster of volcanic islands that is placed just beside the equator. For centuries it has captured the attention of scientists, tourists and even science fiction fans. In many ways this area was instrumental to the creation of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and has become a playground for some of the earth’s most unique creatures.
There is no shortage of adventures and activities that you can partake in while visiting the Galapagos Islands. You can swim with the only penguins that are found living near the equator in the world or even take a hike alongside some of the largest tortoises on earth. If you are a bird lover you can take a tour and try to spot the majestic Waved Albatross or the Flightless Cormorant, which is in fact the only bird in the world that cannot fly. If you love to swim then you even scuba dive with dolphins, whales and gigantic sea lions. The Galapagos Islands are truly a nature lover’s paradise and offer some of the most unique experiences in the world.
The Unique Geography
The area itself is made up of 19 different sized islands and islets that offer people like you the best chance to see nature and wildlife at their very best. There are no real natural predators in the area so the abundance of wildlife is allowed to roam free and without fear of human interaction. Galapagos is often described as the “Laboratory of Evolution” and is now over five million years old, which makes it quite young in comparison with the rest of Earth. This World Heritage Site is actually an official national park and a province of Ecuador. All of the reptiles here are endemic to the region and close to 25 percent of the fish and birds that you will find there are as well.
Break Out of the Vacation Mold
Galapagos is not a top island destination due to a large number of touristy attractions by any means. This is not your typical holiday with conglomerate hotels or fine dining restaurants, but there is still an abundance of activities to engage yourself in. Whether you are a novice scuba diver or an expert, if you love diving the Galapagos Islands are where you need to head.
You can venture out into the water and swim alongside eels, penguins, manta rays, whales, exotic fish and even Hammerhead sharks. Fishing has been temporarily banned in the area which has ensured the marine life are less edgy and thus, you have a much better chance of getting up close and personal.
Activities and Sight Seeing on Land
That is not to say that there is nothing to do for land lovers on this top island destination. You can trek along the islands and walk along some of the best hiking trails in the world such as the Isla Santa Cruz. You never know which animals you may come across or even which new creature you may discover, just by taking a simple stroll along the coast of one of these magical islands. While swimming or surfing activities are hard to come by on this top island destination, you are sure to be infinitely busy with everyone else that you may not even miss it.
If you are looking for a truly unique island destination then you need not look further than the Galapagos Islands. You can see nature at its best and interact with some of the most mysterious yet awe inspiring creatures that can be found anywhere in the world. Whether you love to walk, scuba dive or take a boat cruise, the Galapagos can offer you a new experience with each passing minute.
Galapagos Guide Books
Lonely Planet Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands by Rob Rachowiecki (1997,...
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