What to Do When You Find Yourself in the Galápagos Islands
The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic Islands off the coast of Ecuador and have long been known for their other-worldly amount of unique species of flora and fauna and scenic views. If you are a fan of the outdoors, environmental conservationism and history, or a one-of-a-kind relaxing getaway the Galápagos Islands are calling your name.
One of the most popular things to do in the Islands is hike they extensive trails established on several of the islands. While fourteen of the nineteen small islands are uninhabited and protected from development, the remaining five have vibrant communities and are ready to be explored. As you hike the trails along the rocky coasts, keep your eyes peeled for the Galápagos Giant Tortoise and Blue Footed Boobies – they are endemic to these islands!
Another unforgettable experience to be had in the Islands is a snorkeling outing amongst the only marine iguanas in the world! These large reptiles are gentle herbivores who feed on green algae that grows beneath the waves along the Galápagos Islands. Interestingly enough, they vary slightly in size and coloring on each of these neighboring islands, but all have the same remarkable aquatic abilities.
Don’t forget to get scuba certified before traveling here because the natural beauty doesn’t stop at the shoreline! These islands are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and colorful sea life that cannot fully be appreciated except through a guided scuba excursion!
Once you have thoroughly worn yourself out with these activities, discover deep rest and relaxation at any one of the beautiful resort hotels located on islands San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana and Baltra. At night, take a stroll around the small town and experience some of the Galapian culture.
With its rich ecological history, outdoor activities, and comfortable accommodations, the Galápagos Islands is not a destination you want to miss!