The fantastic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Travel Blog

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Sea lions, North Seymour
After 1 1/2 hour flight from Quito, Ecuador we landed on Baltra, the Galapagos Islands. The islands are volcanic and very rare, and the wildlife quite unique. Here there are no creatures that are afraid of people. Therefore you have to mind where you are walking, so you don‛t step on an iguana or tumble over a sleeping sea lion on the beach. The gigantic tortoises slowly move through forests of cactus while young sea lions love to play with snorkeling tourists. To swim side by side with spotted stingrays was just unbelievable.

Another world reveals itself when you snorkel in under water volcano craters. Here you can see everything from small colorful fishes to large sharks. Dolphins race your boat while sea turtles slide slowly by. This is an eldorado for nature lovers.
Marine iguana, Espanola
The wildlife above the sea is not less interesting. There are numerous species of birds, lizards and iguanas in all kinds of colors. You should also make enough time to visit the Charles Darwin Reseach Station in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.

Each island has its own species so you need to visit several islands to see the variety of the wildlife. On one island the marine iguanas are black and on another island pink and mint. Wild! Few of the boats go to Genovesa which is a shame. This is the island north of the equator and the only island with Red Footed Boobies. We arrived here early in the morning while the birds were still waking up. Some were sitting half a sleep barely holding on to the branches while others again were still in their nests in the middle of our path.

The only negative thing that can be said about the Galapagos islands is that it‛s fairly expensive to travel there. The islands are for nature lovers and not for an average beach tourist. For those who loves and appreciates nature and wildlife this is a paradise.
rossmickel says:
Nice information! I visited Galapagos last year during spring break and that was the most enjoyed vacation for me. I am planning to visit there again, Galapagos has many options such as Rock climbing, Scuba Diving and many more are the ones that attract most of the tourists like me, there are many places to visit in Galapagos such as Charles Darwin research center, beaches are awesome and the biodiversity is one thing that is so special about the place. You can see different animal species on different islands. After visiting Galapagos i developed a new hobby of writing articles and information on Galapagos & the tortoise for more information you can refer: http://www.slideshare.net/rossmickel/the-giant-tortoise-of-galapagos
Posted on: Apr 07, 2014
E_Beth says:
Thank you for sharing!
Posted on: Jan 19, 2013
michael0311 says:
Great blog and Photos
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011
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Sea lions, North Seymour
Sea lions, North Seymour
Marine iguana, Espanola
Marine iguana, Espanola
Marine iguanan, Espanola
Marine iguanan, Espanola
Marine Iguana, Isla Bartolome
Marine Iguana, Isla Bartolome
Marine iguana
Marine iguana
Red footed Booby, Genovesa
Red footed Booby, Genovesa
Red footed Boobies, Genovesa
Red footed Boobies, Genovesa
Red footed Booby, Genovesa
Red footed Booby, Genovesa
Great Frigatebird, Genovesa
Great Frigatebird, Genovesa
Blue footed Booby, North Seymour
Blue footed Booby, North Seymour
Blue footed boobies, North Seymour
Blue footed boobies, North Seymour
Blue footed booby, North Seymour
Blue footed booby, North Seymour
Land iguana, South Plaza
Land iguana, South Plaza
Land iguana, South Plaza
Land iguana, South Plaza
Land iguana, Isla Bartolome
Land iguana, Isla Bartolome
Land iguana
Land iguana
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photo by: Melboorn