The Galápagos Islands is a beautiful home to many types of wildlife, from sea lions to turtles to all sorts of birds. The animals on the island are very friendly due to not having any predators, so visitors are able to get very close to these animals for an intimate experience.
Off the coast of Ecuador, around 19 islands make up Galápagos along with many small islands. Each island is very unique, from barren landscapes to volcanic rocks and white sands. This is where Charles Darwin was inspired for his Theory of Evolution.
There are a variety of fun activities to do on the islands and in the surrounding waters.
Erupting volcanos is what caused the formation of the Galápagos Islands over 3 million years ago. Today, there are still active volcanos in the area that can erupt at any given time.
The Volcán Sierra Negra, which erupted back in 2005, has a trail that visitors can walk on around this volcano. Visitors can see gases emerging in openings from the Volcán Chico.
There are many tours that will take visitors out on guided trips to active volcanos around the islands.
The underwater life here is abundant, making for some great scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. There are plenty of companies that will take visitors out scuba diving to areas where you are sure to see sting rays, sharks, sunfish, and other marine wildlife. On Isla Isabele, visitors can even see sea horses while snorkeling.
There are plenty of wildlife and wildlife reserves throughout the islands. On Isla Bartolomé, visitors can swim over to the penguins that like to gather in a cove, along with many turtles and colorful fish. Rancho Primicias is a wildlife reserve located on Isla Santa Cruz, which is a privately-owned reserve where there are giant tortoises that roam freely.