The beaches of the Galápagos are pristine. The water is clear and you will have them all to yourself. The long, sandy beaches are inviting, and you may just find some iguanas sharing the prime spot with you.
Sea lions rule the roost in the Galápagos. On the island of San Cristóbal, they have taken over the downtown area and even sleep on park benches like true vagabonds.
I just wanted to say booby! But in all seriousness, the beautiful blue-footed boobies are abundant in the Galápagos Islands.
The Galápagos tortoise can live up to 150 years and grows to more than 500 pounds. Dave stood behind this gentle giant as it walked slowly through the long grass to show just how massive it is.
We were in the Galápagos Islands during mating season and had the opportunity to see the frigate bird puff its chest to attract a mate.
The marine iguanas of the Galápagos are the only iguanas in the world that feed underwater. They are plentiful on the islands and chances are you will see many groups like this basking in the sun.
Many animals of the Galapagos are called the “Galápagos something” because they are unique only to the Galápagos. You won’t find this type of shark anywhere else in the world. They are so content and well fed, you can get in the water and snorkel with them. We snorkeled with the Galápagos shark by Sleeping Lion Rock, which is the photograph at the top of this photo story.
Crabs can be found all around the world, but when you mix the bright colors of this guy with the arid landscape of the Galápagos, you have yourself a beautiful picture.
Before we started traveling, I didn’t realize how many places penguins are found outside of Antarctica. What makes the Galápagos penguins unique? They are the only penguins that live north (just north) of the equator thanks to the cool waters of the Humboldt Current. The cool waters are something to keep in mind when snorkeling. But if you wear a thin wet suit like we did, you should stay toasty warm.
Wall of Tears
The Galápagos Islands have a long and fascinating history, from Darwin to pirates. But the darkest history of the Galápagos was when it was used as a penal colony. After World War II, prisoners on Isabela Island were forced to build a wall of rocks for no other reason but punishment. It became known as the Wall of Tears for the pain and suffering it caused.