Galapagos Landscapes

Galapagos Landscapes are quite spectacular due to the volcanic origin of these amazing Islands...


galapagos landscapes

They are spectacular mainly due to the volcanic origin of these Islands and the fact that there are many different environments or climates to find.

This depends of the side and height of a particular Island. You can find areas that go from desert to tropical forest.

On most of the Islands, there are landing points where the rafts of the cruise ships can land. You either make a wet or dry landing. All over the islands you can see how the lava has been flowing over centuries and molding the rock, creating beautiful lava sceneries.

Since the Galapagos Islands are from a volcanic origin you will see many craters. Some of these craters have salt water and some others have sweet water.

Some Islands have black sand beaches and others have red sand beaches, which are a wonderful view.

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galapagos red sand beach

In Post Office Bay at Floreana Island you can visit the legendary wooden barrel, which was and still is a postal service set up by the whalers of the 18 th century.

This postal service worked like this: You stick your letter in the barrel and the next person to arrive in the island may take your letter and mail it for you, depending on where you're sending it.

Some flat Islands like North Seymour and the lava formations create attractive shapes on the beaches.

You'll be able to distinguish this Island clearly from the airplane when you arrive to the Galapagos Archipelago.

Here you will see the beautiful and endemic Palo Santo trees. The Galapagos Islands have distinct sceneries that give impressions from strange to stunning.

Rocks with strange shapes, sand contrasting with lava rocks with similar structure, abundant vegetation and also desert fields.

One of the most incredible Galapagos landscapes are its Lava Tubes which you will find all over the Islands. You can walk through some of them like Los Gemelos in Santa Cruz Island

This site is also a good area for birdwatching and for observing the flora of the highlands. Don't miss the opportunity to see the Galapagos Volcanoes and lava flows.

On Isabela Island specifically at Punta Moreno you can enjoy a superb view of Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes, they are also part of the delightful Galapagos landscapes.

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Fernandina Island is also worth visiting due to its scenery and recent volcano eruption with its black lava rocks filled with tame marine iguanas.

If you like beaches then Gardner bay on Espanola Island is the place to go. It is an amazing coral white sand beach with beautiful turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

And finally one of the most favorite Galapagos landscapes is Sombrero Chino, this is one of the most extraordinary examples of volcanic activity.

This is a volcanic cone surrounded by aquamarine colors mixed with basaltic blacks. It is located near Santiago Island.

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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