This year hundreds of thousands of tourists will find themselves nose-to-nose with a Sea Lion. The reason for such an odd meeting is that these people are traveling to one of the most amazing destinations on the plant; the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos is an archipelago belonging to Ecuador about 1,000 km west off the coast of South America.
Discovered in 1535, the Galapagos has no natural predators and is teeming with friendly wildlife. Giant tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas and fur seals are just a fraction of the animal life on these islands. Travel to the Galapagos Island means running into unusual wildlife at every turn. The islands are so rich with life that Charles Darwin used the islands for some of his most important research. No other place on Earth gives you the opportunity to see amazing creatures so up close and personal. Travel to the Galapagos Islands is an animal enthusiast’s paradise.
The Santa Cruz Island’s main attraction is the Charles Darwin research Center where tortoises are studied and bred which offers you the chance to see tortoises of all sizes and ages.
Isla Santa Fe is the place to hike to the home of the land iguana and offers a beautiful beach to relax and go for a swim after your hike.
If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk on the moon the tiny island of Bartolome is covered with fields of dried lava and the view is both breathtaking and surreal.
Isabela Island has current volcanic activity and is another place to see surreal lava fields and formations. This island also has a colony of penguins. These are sites that you just do not see often which is what makes traveling to the Galapagos the adventure of a lifetime.
Making travel plans is about making decisions. Our planet has too many tourist attractions to ever name but rarely do you find a destination that offers things you can not see anywhere else on the planet. The choice to travel to the Galapagos Islands is truly a once in a lifetime adventure and an opportunity to say you’ve done and seen things most people have and will never do. Your choice is between many average tourist attractions across the world or an adventure you will tell your grandchildren about.