The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. A province of Ecuador, the islands lie about 1000km off the West coast and consist of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets.
This is a very unique destination. The isolated terrain is home to a diversity of plant and animal species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. To visit the Galapagos you must employ a licensed guide. There are only 116 visitor sites in total: 54 land sites and 62 scuba-diving or snorkeling sites. Small groups are allowed to visit in 2- to 4-hour shifts only, to limit impact on the area.
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- Los Túneles is an outstanding spot for snorkeling. It is formed by convoluted lava formations standing between mangroves and the open sea. Here you can find white-tipped sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, sea lions, turtles and even sea horses in the shallows.
- Hike the Volcán Sierra Negra. There is a 8km trail leading around the east side of the volcano. Along the way you will find many unique species of birds like Galápagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and flycatchers.
- The small island of Santa Fe is home to a variety of flora and fauna such as the forest of Opuntia cactus, palo santo, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, land iguanas and lava lizards. You can also snorkel these waters to get up close with sea lions.
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Academy Bay. Here a team of over one hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students, and support staff from all over the world conduct scientific research and environmental education for conservation. Check out the tortoise breeding project at work!