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10 Things You Must Do in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor February 28th, 2019 Posted in Cruising, Destination, South America & Antarctica Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides One Comment

The Galapagos Islands are fascinating volcanic islands that form part of Ecuador in South America. They are the host of unique species of wildlife resides. Still, this archipelago is most famous for the work of Charles Darwin, as these islands contributed to the development of his theory of evolution. Today, the Galapagos Islands remain an ideal holiday destination for not only budding biologists but also for those who simply want to enjoy its subline beaches.

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Either you travel alone, with friends or in a familiar trip, if you need help planning your trip to Galapagos, Surtrek Adventures can help you with it. They’re local experts in South America, and will assist you to plan the trip you have in mind.

Here we point out 10 things to do in Galapagos if you decide to visit this “enchanted” destination.

1. Take a Selfie with Giant Galapagos Tortoises

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The distinctive mark of the Galapagos Islands is its huge lumbering tortoises. Reaching weights of almost 500 pounds (230 kilos), they can live for more than 150 years. These are truly magnificent creatures and witnessing them in their own habitat is a must if you are going to the Galapagos.

One of the better spots for observing these shelled reptiles is the Charles Darwin Research Station. Particularly for those interested in science, you will undoubtedly want to visit this tortoise-breeding center to learn about efforts to preserve the many species that are unique to these islands.

2. Swim with Curious Seals

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If seeing sea lions with their pups is something that interests you, you might want to include Las Loberias on your tour itinerary. Here, as in other sites throughout the islands, you can spend the day on the beach watching these pups interact with their parents, and you can even go swimming with these friendly sea lions. This scenic San Cristobal Island beach a perfect for enjoying these curious animals while delighting in the striking landscapes.

3. Birdwatching…like in a few other places

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While Giant Galapagos Tortoises are the most famous residents of the islands, many fascinating feathered friends also reside here. Flightless Cormorants, Magnificent frigatebirds, and albatrosses are among the types of birds that can be seen, in addition to 13 species of tanagers and ever-delightful Blue- and Red-footed Boobies. Bring your binoculars and check the number of different birds that can be spotted.

4. Diving with Whale Sharks

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If what’s in water interests you more than what is in the air above, prepare to peer beneath the surface of the ocean. In the Galapagos, marine life is abundant and striking, which means diving is a popular pastime in this natural paradise. The water in this almost untouched part of the world is clear to a depth of 24 meters in some places, so you can enjoy excellent views.  

5. Discover Iguana Nirvana

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While in the islands, you’ll have a chance to see land and marine iguanas at almost every turn. As you travel the islands, you will see for yourself how these creatures explain to perfection Darwin’s theory of evolution, since on each island these reptiles have adapted in a different way and possess different characteristics.

6. Ride the Waves

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Its well-formed waves and pleasant year-round temperatures make the Galapagos archipelago one of the best destinations for surfing. San Cristobal Island is perfect for this sport, with its Tongo Reef and Carola Point, though other islands such as Santa Cruz and Isabela aren’t far behind.

7. Take a Shot of Pinnacle Rock, on Bartolome Island

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Though less than half a square mile in size (only 1.2 square km), Bartolome Island is the site of one of the most representative natural monuments of the Galapagos Islands: Pinnacle Rock, a triangular structure formed from the remnants of an ancient volcanic cone. While on Bartolome, you’ll also see a large colony of tiny Galapagos penguins on this colorful island of red-, orange-, black- and green-toned sand.

8. Tortuga Bay

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Impossible to be let off the list of 10 things to do in the Galapagos. If you like the beach (and who doesn’t?), you can’t miss Tortuga Bay, on Santa Cruz Island. One of the most popular destinations in the Galapagos Islands, this bay’s crystal clear waters and soft, shimmering sand combine with abundant wildlife. An ideal place for sightseeing and swimming, this serene haven of postcard-perfect scenery is exceptional.

9. The Wall of Tears

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On Isabela Island, you can do even more than watch dolphins dance or explore the lava tunnels and hidden lagoons. You can also visit the famed “Wall of Tears.” This structure was constructed just after WWII, when a penal colony was run on this island. To punish the prisoners, they were forced to build this 100-yard-long and 20-foot-high wall from huge blocks of lava. Although the wall itself is interesting, visitors also enjoy the path that leads to it, as a variety of animals can be observed – everything from tortoises to flamingos.

10. Cruise the Islands

One of the things you must do in your holidays in the Galapagos islands is, of course, embarking on a cruise. This has become the favorite of many tourists to know the islands, as it offers the opportunity to integrate with nature while enjoying it.    

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These are the kinds of great things to do in Galapagos Islands  – whether you opt for an unforgettable honeymoon on board a luxury yacht or trek in the highlands to discover Giant tortoises roaming in the wild.

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One thought on “10 Things You Must Do in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

  1. How many days should be a reasonable tour in Galapagos? I just want to see the wildlife especially the giant tortoises.

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