When you hear the name, Galapagos Islands or the popular Galapagos cruise, what comes to mind? Could it be the infamous and majestic Komodo Dragons with their acidic saliva that walk across the sandy beaches? Or the turtles, whales, and other sea life that emerge to provide us with a once in a lifetime glance? Whatever the vision you get from the thought of this wild and remote place, there’s an experience for everyone.
Five things to do in the Galapagos Islands:
Tortuga Bay is a white sandy beach teaming with both land and sea creatures of many types. You won’t see these species all together in one spot in many places in the world. From beach Iguanas to black sea turtles in January and February, the picture posting is unique and so with the richness of your experience.
For this itinerary it will take you from 2 hours or a half day. This area has currents too strong for even seasoned swimmers. If that’s your fancy then walk a bit farther to the bay areas and take part in a peaceful warm and safe swim. The climate is hot, so you need to be fit enough for a long walk to this location.
Santa Cruz Island, or the lesser-known as Rancho Primicias
This excursion offers a more serene experience. Turtles rule the area here of all shapes and sizes. Beautiful gardens and sightseeing are the prime activities. Make sure you have the desire for the outdoors and a tropical climate agrees with you. Walking is the primary way to get around the island. There are tunnels crafted by the planet that feel cool and interesting to walk through. For your kids or the kid in you, the island features empty tortoise shells to climb into for a great photo opportunity.There are also plenty of restaurants and ample restrooms.
Galapagos, A Bird Watcher’s Paradise
Once you’ve had your fill of beach and the aquatic underworld that this magical place offers, you’ll want to take to the skies and the trees for a wild bird watching affair. If it was good enough for Charles Darwin to watch and develop his flora and fauna theories, then it’s good enough for the bird enthusiast.
Nowhere else can you see these 45 different species of birds. From the blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, Darwin’s finches, and waved albatross. Isabella and North Seymore Islands are the best places for birdwatching.
The love of the sea lion rules here. The beautiful, strong and most times lazy sea lions await you to join them as their guest at their leisure time, which is most of the day. Be sure, however, that the friendly sea lion can get aggressive if approached. Admire them from a distance.
The island is also teaming with wild Iguana, frigates, warblers and more. The beach can be a good 30-minute walk depending on which direction you’re coming from. Pack your comfortable shoes and leave the flip-flops for when you get there. Or, you can spend around $3 and take a taxi from the city center.
Snorkeling and Diving
This is where you get to see the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands. Discover sea lions, penguins, sea horses and a variety of some of the most color rich saltwater tropical fish. There are many destinations around the Galapagos Islands for aquatic activities, but it’s important to note that there are restrictions and locations that provide different experiences for different rates and equipment. Call your travel agent and have them recommend and research what your unique needs are.
Cruise, Cruise Cruise!
You can cruise through the Galapagos islands one by one and enjoy all the fantastic things to do listed here and much more. The perspective you get from sailing through the islands is unique. You won’t be distracted by walking in the heat for long treks or waving down or taxis or booking transportation if there’s any available. You’ll sit back, leave the sailing to the Galapagos Cruise captain and enjoy!