Spectacular, isolated and populated by some of Mother Nature’s most bizarre creations, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands feel like a world apart. One thousand clicks off the South American mainland, this humble archipelago and its fauna – which set the religious world aflame in the 19th century – remain as riveting and rewarding an adventure as it ever was.
As far as face-to-face, flipper-to-fin wildlife encounters go, the Galapagos truly is in a league of its own.
- • Keep an eye out for dolphins breaking the waters around Genovesa
- • Get up close and personal with the fur seals of James Bay
- • Search for nesting sea-turtles on Espumilla Beach
- • Spot storm petrels on the wing off Prince Philip's Steps
- • Snorkel among the manta rays and sharks of Darwin Bay
- • Learn about the islands' history at Puerto Ayora's Charles Darwin Research Station
- • Stroll among the giant tortoise population in the Santa Cruz highlands
- • Splash about in Punta Moreno's beautiful lagoons
- • Pitter-patter with the penguins of Elizabeth Bay
- • Photograph the pink flamingos in Las Bachas lagoon
- • Check out Fernandina Island's marine iguanas
- • Hear tales of the pirates who used to seek shelter in Buccaneer Cove