The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful of The Galapagos Islands

October 1, 2015

We’ve all seen pictures of the fabulous wildlife and exotic landscape of the Galapagos Islands, but have you ever considered travelling there? The remote Islands are 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador and the volcanic scenery protects some of the most startling creatures on earth.

But do you know what else is in the Galapagos, other than the colourful creatures? Do you know what there is to see, and your options of what to visit?

Well read on to find out!

 

The Galapagos Wildlife

The Galapagos’ wildlife is some of the most diverse and incredible in the world. Where else in the world can you see the Giant Tortoise roaming wild or the only lizards in the world that can swim. There are so many species that only exist on these islands. We’ll let these pictures speak for themselves!

 

galapagos animals

 

And The Landscape’s Pretty Impressive Too…

pinnacle Rock and surroundings in Bartolome

 

You’ll Have The Place To Yourself… Almost!

Only 5 of the islands are inhabited, meaning that (apart from the other tourists) you’ll have the place to yourself! Apart from the local critters of course.

 sea lion's face galapagos islands

 

Something Is Happening All Year Round

It doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit, as there will always be something to see. In January, watch the turtles lay their eggs on the beach, in May, the Penguins begin to play and in June, the humpback whales arrive. In August the sea lions will be having pups and in November the Giant tortoises’ eggs begin to hatch… There will always be a hive of activity on the islands!

turtles hatching

 

There’s More Than One Way To Discover The Islands

You can sail around these islands more than one way on a cruise – meaning that you could even go back a second time and see something completely different to what you discovered before! Sail either along the outer or inner ring of the islands as each is a 7 night itinerary. Alternatively – do both back to back!

snorkeling galapagos

 

You Can Go Diving With Friends

Many of the islands offer facilities to learn to dive or snorkel, so you can explore the islands from the water as well as the land.

swimming with seals

 

Walk In Darwin’s Footsteps

Darwin visited the islands when he was just 22 during his 5 year voyage around the world. His visit to the Galapagos Islands was particularly inspiring as he studied hundreds of species of plants and animals, to help prove his theory of evolution which he would publish after 30 years of research. Visiting the islands yourself will allow you to see the wonders that captured his imagination, and understand how these creatures have become so famous.

galapagos flamingos

 

The Weather

The weather is an average of between 19 and 30 degrees Celsius, so remember your sun block! The beaches, jungle and exotic climate make it a true tropical paradise.

Bartolomé Island, Galapagos

 

You Will Travel In Luxury

The cruise ships that sail to Galapagos are the Celebrity Xpedition and Silversea Galapagos, meaning that you’d be cruising in top end, stylish ships. No trip to one of the most intriguing corners of the world would be complete otherwise!

galapagos ships

 

You’ll Be Exploring With Experts

Any expedition on the islands has to be led by a local certified guide, (as the islands are strictly protected) so that means that you will learn all about the flora and fauna from someone that is genuinely passionate and knowledgeable about their subject.

explore with experts

 

The Animals Are Good With Paparazzi

In fact… they don’t really care about people at all!

seal unafraid

We’ve heard some animals even quite enjoy a selfie or two…

tortoise selfie

 

Just Remember That The Forests Here Are A Bit More Prickly Than At Home

Cactus Tree Farm

 

And That Even The Airports Are Full Of Wildlife…

Land Iguana on airport

 

Would you consider a cruise to the Galapagos Islands? Have you visited before?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

If you’re in interested in learning about the Galapagos then we’ve a lot more information about them here…

 

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