The Galapagos Islands deserve a place of honour on your travel bucket list. These volcanic islands are home to unique species and are also a great place for history enthusiasts enticed by the work Charles Darwin did here. Whether you are a biology enthusiast or you just want to soak in as much unique beauty as you can, it is time for an island vacation. The Galapagos are teeming with amazing places and things to see as well as great fun activities that will keep your vacation itinerary packed and overflowing. Here are the top ten must-see attractions when you visit these islands.
- Charles Darwin Research Station
Scientists and science enthusiasts will be well sated by this research station. It chronicles Darwin’s observations as well as how his work continues to be advanced on these islands. The research also outlines the work being done in the preservation of the many species that are unique to the Galapagos islands. This research station is based in the Santa Cruz Island and should definitely be part of your Galapagos tour.
Tortoise forms the symbol of the Galapagos Islands. Here, you will be able to see enormous tortoises that weigh up to 900 pounds and have at least 150 years of living in captivity. They are in their own territory and great addition of the things to see while on the islands.
- Scuba Diving
Where best to see the ocean’s wonders than off the island with great marine species? The marine life is amazing on the island and scuba diving a popular pastime that you should partake especially since clear waters make it great for viewing. If you need a better reason to go scuba diving, then maybe diving with whale sharks will grab your attention. One of the must see attractions in Galapagos Islands, whale sharks are found year-round. However, the best time to dive with them from a live board is during the June-Dec dry season in the Darwin and Wolf Islands.
The many unique bird species will make the birdwatching experience even better. Cormorants, albatrosses, tanagers, and frigate birds as just a few of the many kinds of birds you can spot in these islands.
- Lava Tubes
Go on a tunnel exploration like no other. Santa Cruz Island is home t these structures that resemble long caves. Take a guide who can regale you with tales of how they were formed as you explore.
- Tortuga Bay
This is one of the most popular places in Galapagos. An amazing beach with crystal-clear waters, and soft white bright sand, this place is also teeming with wildlife for a beach experience like no other.
Galapagos affords the best chance to snorkel while also catching excellent views and sights of whale and hammerhead sharks as well as other marine life such as penguins and sea lions.
- The Wall of Tears
This is a landmark in Puerto Villamil which local guides have a wealth of interesting tales above. The trail leading there is also great and offers great views of flamingos and turtle among other animals.
- Chinese Hat
This island lies near Santiago and it is less than a tenth of a square mile with great volcanic formations and excellent activities to swim and snorkel while catching views of iguanas, penguins and sea lions.
- Cruise Around
Another great thing about the Galapagos Islands is the chance to just hang out and enjoy the environment, the water and the wildlife. You can relax at the beautiful beaches on Isabela Island or take boat tours around the archipelago whether at night or during the day.
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