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Brown Pelican, Bartolome Island, Galapagos
Brown pelican, Bartolome Island

Places to visit in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, an equatorial archipelago in the Pacific, is famed for its incredible ecosystem, the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. The wildlife, which includes giant tortoises and marine iguanas, is the main draw for travellers, but the islands are also home to outstanding diving and snorkelling sites, alive with stingrays, manta rays, turtles and white-tipped sharks. This remote part of the world, accessed by plane from Quito, is best experienced on a cruise.

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Galapagos giant tortoises

Isla Santa Cruz

Isla Santa Cruz

Indefatigable Island

Santa Cruz Island is a great place to start exploring the Galapagos Islands. The region’s most popular destination, it’s dotted with tiny towns and misty forests, with a fringe of fine white-sand beaches at its edge. Santa Cruz is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, especially at the lovely Las Bachas beach, where you might spot nesting Pacific green turtles or Sally Lightfoot crabs, while inland Myriad birds frequent the central Highlands, also home to the famous Galapagos giant tortoise.

Galapagos penguin

Isla Isabela

Isla Isabela

Albemarle Island

One of the most outstanding islands in the region, Isabela is home to more wild tortoises than any other of the Galapagos Islands, and is a feeding ground for whales, dolphins and birds. Overlooked by the 1,707m peak of Wolf Volcano, the Galapagos Islands’ highest point, Isabela is popular for outdoor pursuits such as hiking and cycling, especially at the spectacular Cerro Negro Crater, while down on the Las Tintoreras Peninsula, you might be lucky enough to spot white-tipped reef sharks, iguanas or Galapagos penguins.

Isla Rabida

Isla Rabida

Isla Rabida

Jervis Island

At the heart of the Galapagos, Rabida Island harbours a unique landscape with dramatic volcanic cliffs and reddish sand, due to its high iron content. Sea lions and pelicans like to laze in the sun on Rabida’s beaches, while the island’s interior is home to bright pink flamingos, blue-footed boobies and white-cheeked pintails. Hike to Isla Rabida’s highest peak (367m) for wide-reaching views, or grab a snorkel and head under the waves; you might spot brightly-coloured starfish or manta rays.

Blue-footed boobies

Isla North Seymour

Isla North Seymour

Birdwatching island

North Seymour Island may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in bird numbers. Home to a large population of blue-footed boobies, known for their distinctive bright blue feet, as well as swallow-tail gulls and frigatebirds, whose scarlet neck pouches resemble red balloons, it’s a veritable birdwatching hotspot. Land and marine iguanas are also be found here, while snorkelling the calm waters will give ample opportunities for spotting sea lions, manta rays and white-tipped reef sharks.

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