Galapagos Islands are the source of inspiration of the theories contained in the renowned book ‘The Origin of the Species’ published in 1859. In 1835, Charles Darwin spent 5 weeks observing and noting the flora and fauna of these enchanting islands. He observed the adaptations that many animals made to live in those local conditions. The Galapagos Islands is off the shore of Ecuador and is made out of 12 main islands and many small islets.
The Galapagos Islands enchant every single visitor with the huge diversity of life forms in the place. Since you won’t find any type of common predator, there are high chances that you observe the same type of diversity of wildlife that Darwin encountered at that time. Apart from that, human intervention has been almost zero. For this reason, many animals and birds look pretty calm when visitors arrive and approach them.
Exploring The Savage World
The best and most practical way to discover the archipelago is on a seven-day cruise. This lets you appreciate the contrasts of each island and what makes them special.
As Galapagos has 12 main islands and several small islets, getting around them independently is a difficult task. You will cruise almost in the same way as Charles Darwin did 200 years ago. You will nearly feel as if you are having the unique privilege of touching a holy world. While you sleep on the cruise, wildlife will take over the archipelago. The islands of the archipelago stay untouched as they have been since the beginning of the world.
You’ll remember your stay on the islands as a series of exceptional wildlife memories. You will have the opportunity to swim with sea lions, to see tons of sea iguanas running around you, small sharks, sea turtles and humpback whales. From the distance, you can observe the courtship ritual of the blue-footed booby.
Highlights of Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz Island
It’s the second-largest island in the Galapagos. In there, you’ll find the most representative animal of the archipelago: the giant tortoise. You can see it going around the highlands of that island. These marine creatures are so old that they may have been in their childhood when Darwin visited them.
On this island, you can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where researchers work to preserve the ecosystem of the islands
North Seymour Island
Witness the dancing mating ritual of the male blue-footed boobies. It’s also highly possible to see frigate birds nesting on this island and the mating ritual of the male birds.
Swim with adorable and playful sea lions or just see how they walk around you on the sand beach. Also, you can see humpback whales at the west of the island and small sharks and turtles in the lagoons.
This island is the perfect spot if you are a lover of birds. Genovesa Island is considered a bird paradise and you’ll encounter birds literally everywhere.
If you go to Fernandina Island, pay attention to where you step. The floor will be crowded with a colony of marine iguanas basking in the sunshine.
On this island, you will have the unique opportunity of swimming with diminutive Galapagos penguins and climb the iconic Pinnacle Rock.
How Can You Get There?
As we already mentioned, the best and most comfortable way to get around the islands is on a cruise. And this is a short cruise of seven or more days: Metropolitan Touring offers a wide range of trips; however, the most demanded and popular is one that is from four to seven days. You can fly to the islands from the capital Quito through Tame Airlines via the largest city of the country Guayaquil. We recommend always making sure that you tour operator’ s fee includes the parking fee that around the US $100. This means that you need to have your ticket stamped if the parking fee is included. Otherwise, They won’t allow you to leave the airport unless you pay the fee in cash.
Even though it’s possible to access them by boat, the government of Ecuador has a strict control of any touristic activity. Because they want to avoid any type of environmental damage from tourism, you won’t be allowed to explore the island freely. The activities have a rigid that plan and timing. In spite of these strict controls, you can still enjoy each day and make the most of it. Keep in mind that peak seasons are Christmas, Easter, and August.
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