The Galapagos Islands are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, scientists, and climate-conscious tourists. This archipelago is home to 19 islands that sit 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The combination of evolutionary history, up-close wildlife experiences, and the classic white sand beaches make it the perfect vacation destination among all curious travelers. Down below we have put together the ultimate guide of our favorite spots in the Galapagos Islands.


Santiago Island 

Photo courtesy of Amy Perez

Here you can have the opportunity to kayak along the coastline of the island and get an up-close experience. You can explore the more shallow waters, hidden bays, and, without a motor, get up up-close experience with the native penguins, sea lions, and nesting seabirds. 


Rabida Island

The island is mostly known for its distinct red color, due to the oxidation of iron-rich volcanic material. On the interior of the island, you can find many bird species such as Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers. At the right time of year, you will be able to see pelicans as well!


Bartolome Island

Photo courtesy of Amy Perez

This is a great area for hikers. Pinnacle rock makes the island an icon of the archipelago, with a moderately easy climb. We also recommend this area for snorkeling and panga rides!


Floreana Island

Photo courtesy of Michael Librizzi

Perfect for spending time on the beach. You will be able to share the sand with the sea turtles who make it their nesting ground. This island makes the perfect snorkeling location in the Devils Crown. This is an old volcanic crater underwater, that will give you an experience unique to the island.


Santa Fe Island

Photo courtesy of Mac Gaither

The most famous of the islands, mostly due to the varying landscapes you will find. Here you can find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Head deeper into the island to come across lush forests that thrive in the natural humidity. 


South Plazas and North Seymour Islands

Photo courtesy of Simon Berger

A vibrant and lively island speckled with prickly pear cactus trees, and the area’s famous coppery-orange iguanas. With the friendly sea lions that swim along the shore and the nesting colonies of the frigate birds, you will be amazed by the creatures who cross your path!

Photo courtesy of Michael Kleinberg

Finish off your trip by heading back to the mainland of Ecuador. Spend a few nights in the middle of the rainforest at the serine and reclusive resort, Mashpi Lodge. Connect with nature right outside your room by taking part in one of the resort curated expedition trails, and indulging in the cuisine prepared with fresh and local ingredients.


To lock in your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, connect with travel consultant Rebecca today!

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