The Exotic Islands of Galapagos

The Exotic Islands of Galapagos are ideal for people who have a zest for life, nature and full adventure.

Exotic Islands of Galapagos


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These stunning Islands are also for those who have a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, you'll be enchanted by the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos are located 600 miles west of Ecuador and offer some of the most spectacular wildlife found anywhere in the world.

Nowhere else on this planet will you find Tropical Penguins which live on the "Equator" or Marine Iguanas which swim and feed in the ocean.

Because these Islands have only recently been invaded by man, the literally thousands of animals that inhabit these Islands have never learned to fear us.

This means that you can literally walk right up to hundreds of Blue Footed Boobies Red footed boobies birds, Masked Boobies albatrosses, penguins, land iguanas, marine iguanas.

Also Lava Lizards sea lions, Galapagos Fur Seals red-chested frigate birds, flamingos, finches, tropic birds, lava gulls, giant tortoises, and flightless cormorants.

When Charles Darwin visited the exotic islands of Galapagos in 1835, he observed a pristine, naturally isolated living laboratory of biodiversity.
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Much of the magic Darwin found over 170 years ago is still thriving in this remarkable environment.

The marine life which inhabits the waters that surround these exotic Islands is just as fantastic as the wildlife found on shore making Galapagos one of the premier Diving Destinations in the world.

The sheer abundance of life is amazing. On most dives you will see several hundred large marine animals.

When diving it is very common to see sea lions, turtles, Hammerhead Sharks white tip sharks, manta rays, Galapagos Sharks and huge schools of eagle and/or golden Rays, sometimes numbering between 50-100 individuals.

There is also the possibility of seeing whales, whale sharks, thousands of dolphins and large schools of hammerheads, sometimes numbering in the hundreds.

Between dives you can enjoy Snorkeling in Galapagos surrounded by penguins or sea lions.

The marine Iguanas of the Galapagos are docile vegetarians, easy to approach, and fascinating to watch. They are strong swimmers, in fact, the only sea going lizard in the world.

Marine Iguanas live in large colonies except during mating season. They often show a salt covered skull, which they forcefully exhale upon returning from dive.

Thanks to the Humboldt current, which flows northward from Antarctica, the conditions are right for the Galapagos penguin to survive here at the Equator.

The penguins' awkward antics on shore turn to underwater ballet as they jump off the lava terrain and speed through the water in search of a meal, it's quite a view. See More Galapagos Animals

Visiting Galapagos

The best way to see the Galapagos is to explore it in small visitor groups with a good naturalist guide as the leader.

Only few good travel companies accomplish this. Here's Our Recommended Galapagos Land Tour

And if you'd like to visit Galapagos aboard a cruise ship, then take a look at the best Galapagos Cruises Available

Enjoy intimate contact with unique wildlife in the ageless beauty of the enchanted Islands of Galapagos...

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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