The Galapagos Islands consist of 18 main islands, 3 small islands, and 107 rocks and islets. These volcanically active islands belong to Ecuador and span the equator.
Charles Darwin had it right. A visit to the Galapagos provides travelers with the ultimate examples of evolution. Each bird, tortoise, and reptile have specifically adapted to the terrain of the archipelago.
The only way to get from one island to the next is by boat. This is a place for the adventurous traveler!
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Where to Go:
Santa Cruz is the most populated Galapagos Island. Points of interest include El Garrapatero, the Twin Craters, the highlands and the lava tunnels. Go to the Charles Darwin Research Station if you don’t get to tour any other islands.
El Garrapatero is a beach surrounded by mangrove trees. It’s famous for its flamingos! The water is crystal clear, so the snorkeling opportunities are immense.
The Twin Craters (Los Gemelos) were formed after rushing magma underneath the ground left a hollow space. The surface collapsed into the hollow chambers, and therefore created the craters.
You can get up close and personal with tortoises in the highlands! Don’t worry, I didn’t touch them. The naturalist told me how close I could get.
Make sure to take a picture with all of the sea lions of the islands too.
Floreana Island is inhabited by 120 to 150 people. There is only one fresh water source that comes from a small trickle from a spring in the highlands. The tortoises on the island are not native, but have some genetic relations to the original tortoises.
The island has incredible history. Intense people lived on the island and tried to take over the land. Descendants of the original settlers still reside on here. The snorkeling is also incredible. I saw my first sea turtle on this island.
I suggest bringing old sneakers for all the hiking you will be doing. The Galapagos can get pretty muddy, and you may ruin your nice shoes.
Isabela Island: Isabela is the largest island of the Galapagos, and completely filled with wildlife. You will find tons of tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, pelicans, Sally Lightfoot crabs, land iguanas, finches, sea turtles, sharks, and sting rays.
Try hiking the Sierra Negra volcano, especially when it’s clear outside.
My favorite part of my Galapagos adventure was snorkeling off the coast of the Island. I saw every animal that I wanted to see in one dive.
What to Eat:
The water is brackish, but everyone on the island is fully aware of this issue. They use filtered, bottled, or boiled water for cooking.
Therefore, eat anything you want! Everything is so fresh. Who wouldn’t want to eat like this forever?
Have as much seafood as you can!
All of the seafood is freshly caught off the coasts of the islands. I ate tons of fish, and I had shrimp almost every day.
The fruit is sensational. All fruit is fresh, and it tastes like candy!
Fruit was my dessert of choice after almost every meal. It was refreshing, but hefty enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.