To go on a trip in the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of Ecuador composed of 19 volcanic islands and forty islets in the Pacific Ocean are the dream of all nature lovers. Indeed, recognized for their exceptional fauna and flora, we can observe endemic species. It is possible to observe seals, turtles, rays, small sharks, pelicans, and wonderful marine iguanas. A visit to those islands is something to do at least once in a lifetime.
Islands full of history
The Spaniards discovered the Galapagos in 1535. While uninhabited, the islands were then frequented by pirates who stayed there for some time for shelter, water and food.
Before leaving, they would embark giant turtles, who could live aboard for long months without being fed; they were killed for their meat when it was needed. In 1835, the English naturalist Charles Darwin made a short stay there.
His observations on the diversity of fauna, which varies from island to island, inspired him in 1859 as he wrote From the Origin of Species, a work in which he argues that the natural selection of individuals best adapted to their environment is the origin of the evolution of the species.
A revolutionary idea that is widely accepted today, which nevertheless still raises debates in certain religious circles and which contributed to the fame of Galapagos.
The must-see places
For a rich and complete trip, a weekend will not be enough unfortunately. The islands are indeed numerous and there are so many tourist sites to visit. Among them are:
- The beaches of Puerto Ayora: The water is beautifully blue, but it is not possible to bathe there. However, after a walk of just over 2 km (about 40 minutes), you will get a treat and admire the beauty of the Turtles Bay, a series of beaches with white sand, turquoise water, marine iguanas (not shy at all!) , rays and small sharks.
- The Reserva El Chato and its giant tortoises: Also located on the Island of Santa Cruz and not far from Puerto Ayora; you can visit this reserve without a guide. It is a highly recommended site if you want to get close to giant tortoises living freely, observe them and especially better understand them.
- Los Tuneles on Isabela Island: Isla Isabela, the largest island of the archipelago, is the perfect place to observe and even swim with sharks, seahorses, lobsters, rays, turtles, sea lions and many other species. In addition, it is possible, and more than recommended, to walk on the famous tunnels, formations of volcanic rocks out of the water and discover the local fauna and flora.
- Kayaking in Isabela Bay: This is a great activity for those who want to discover the coast in an alternative way. It is possible to see many animals such as pelicans, penguins, sea turtles and sea lions that will even have fun under your kayak.
- The Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island: The Sierra Negra volcano offers an original and surprising activity: discover a nearby crater and observe the different types of lava on the same site. It is one of the largest active craters in the world with its 11 km in diameter. On the other hand, a lot of stamina is required for the 5 to 6 hours round trip, to carry all the necessary equipment and lots of water. It is mandatory to go with a guide.
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