Nowhere on Earth will you have the opportunity to witness such unique and diverse wildlife as you will in the Galápagos Islands. What makes travel to this group of islands off the coast of Ecuador even more magnificent is how close you can get to the animals. The ecosystem works in harmony here. The area is a marine sanctuary and wildlife has not learned to fear humans. At one time, the Galápagos flora and fauna were nearly destroyed due to man’s interference. Overhunting and the introduction of invasive species by sailors and settlers caused a great deal of destruction. Today, it is thriving again, and tourists flock to the Galápagos Islands to see one-of-a-kind wildlife like marine iguanas, sharks, and tortoises.
A trip to the Galápagos has it all. We played with sea lions, swam with sharks, walked with tortoises, and snorkeled with sea turtles. Plus, there are volcano hikes, boat trips, lazy towns, and secluded beaches to explore. Take a look at the photos for our picks of what to see and do when you go. (And don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen. The Galápagos Islands are located on the equator and sunscreen is expensive to buy there!)
Wall of Tears