15 Jul 2015
Far out in the Pacific Ocean on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
How good would it be to snooze in the sun with these guys?
The Galapagos Islands will show you beauty as far as the eye can see! If nature and wildlife is your thing, there’s no other place on earth you should be. You’re far, far away from any civilisation, about 1000km off the mainland coast of Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are like the world’s most incredible and huge walk in museum. Giant turtles walk the rugged terrain, having evolved to grow larger than anywhere else in the world. Cormorant birds have lost their need to fly, because they just don’t need to around here. Penguins are smaller than the species in other places, because there’s no need to be big. This is evolution you can actually see – it stares you straight in the face. The islands are formed by volcanic activity (still ongoing!) which makes for some dramatic scenery and very rugged surface, that is part barren, volcanic and very sharp to walk on and the other part covered in some very unusual and unique plant life that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It’s quite possibly the most serene and beautiful place on earth.
Animals and getting to see them in their natural habitat.
Getting your head around evolution – the Charles Darwin Centre will explain a great deal of it to you.
Walking and seeing some very unique terrain and plant life.
Best to get to:
From Ecuador. Flights to the Galapagos Islands (Baltra Island and San Cristobal have the airports) go from either Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador (although all flights from Quito will stop in Guayaquil). If you have the luxury of time, it’s worth trying to get a last minute cruise from one of the many last minute offers you will find online. It just means you have to be adaptable to the ships departure time, but it will save you some dollars. What will also save you dollars is booking from travel agents within Ecuador rather than overseas. Cruising is the best way to see the islands as the distances between them are vast and day trips won’t get you very far, unless you’re an avid diver and just want to dive and base yourself in one spot. 6 nights/7 days is the minimum you should spend here to get the best of the islands, although of course you can do much longer trips. There’s accommodation only on four islands: Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal, Floreana – let’s hope it stays that way.
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