Are you bored at home and surfing the internet to find the perfect post-pandemic vacation spot? Look no further than The Galapagos Islands. Located six hundred (600) miles from Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands are bordered by picturesque surroundings. That is to say, it is a perfect destination for wildlife lovers and sightseers alike. Sound like your cup of tea?
A Brief History
Discovered by the Spanish in the 16th Century, The Galapagos Islands are an ever-changing chain of islands that were formed by volcanic eruptions. Volcan Wolf, Daphne Major, Sierra Negra, Fernandina Island, and Genovesa Islands are just a few of the volcanos that played a role in the Galapagos history. In addition to their unique formation, these islands also have a unique and biodiverse ecosystem. Undoubtedly this makes for a fantastic location for new adventures.
The Galapagos Islands are in the tropics right on the intersecting point of ocean currents generated by five oceans. This geographic location makes it one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. With millions of species living under the water, the 19 islands that make up The Galapagos are incredibly biodiverse. In fact, they have fostered many scientific breakthroughs over the years.
The Galapagos tortoise, the land’s namesake, is the world’s largest tortoise species. They occupy a huge portion of this incredibly diverse and unique ecosystem. There are many other unique creatures occupying the island. These include 440 fish species, crabs, rays, sponges, black corals, scallops, sea urchins, sea cucumbers penguins, sea lions, and many more. This unique and blossoming ecosystem is a perfect fit for wildlife lovers.
Interacting With the Animals
The Galapagos Islands were transformed into a National Park in the 1950s, making exploration and adventure even more accessible. A great way to get the most out of your wildlife adventures while exploring The Galapagos Islands is to go on a cruise. Particularly in their famous glass-bottom boats. This trip gives you a beautifully unique view of underwater life. If sightseeing simply is not enough to quench your thirst for adventure, there are other more intrepid options. Snorkeling is the best way to get up close and personal with sea creatures in The Galapagos. Swimming with giant, 400+ pound tortoises is sure to be breathtaking, and diving with the Islands’ penguin population is once-in-a-lifetime.
Not Visiting For The Wildlife?
If animals really are not your style, there are plenty of other things to see and experience during your time in The Galapagos Islands. Hiking, biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and panga rides, are just some of the countless activities available to you in the 19 islands of the Galapagos. You can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the history, and unique breakthroughs The Galapagos Islands have brought to the scientific community.
See You There
Taking a trip to The Galapagos Islands is surely not a choice you will regret. Whether you swim with dolphins and sea lions, or simply relax on one of the many breathtaking beaches The Islands have to offer you are sure to love every second you spend in one of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations.