5 Reasons to Visit the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands was among the first regions to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located off of the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, this archipelago consists of 19 islands spread out across nearly 20,000 square miles. This unique and endemic paradise of flora and fauna is highly protected receiving the world’s first dedication as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Due to its protected status and isolated location, visitors have the unique opportunity to visit these islands that have been relatively sheltered from modern development for centuries.

From giant tortoises to the famous blue-footed boobies, get an insider’s view into  nature in action.

Inspiring Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most diverse vegetation and wildlife in the world. On your excursions, you might encounter a range of animals from flightless cormorants to giant iguanas. The animals are accustomed to visitors and often are just as curious about visitors as we are about them. Whether you choose to explore the Galapagos by land or boat, you are sure to be treated to various sightings of the unusual island species.

With opportunities to swim, snorkel, scuba dive or kayak, the islands are an aquatic lover’s paradise.

There are many ways to experience the islands, however, the best way is to get in the water. Grab your fins and go underwater with marine iguanas, starfish, sponges, mantas and even sharks who graciously share their backyard with visitors. From above water, hop in a kayak and explore the numerous islets that dot the region. From your perch, you’ll see sea lions, green turtles and maybe even a giant tortoise relaxing in the sun.

Take advantage of access to some of the most private and exceptional beaches in the Southern Hemisphere.

Although there is plenty of adventure to be had, don’t forget to take some down time and enjoy the exceptional beaches. Thanks to the remoteness of the islands, the beaches are often vacant with little evidence of prior human contact save some foot prints in the sand. These white sand beaches are only accessible by boat and award visitors impressive vistas of the Pacific ocean and surroundings.

A chance to visit a stunning environmental preserve with limited interaction with other visitors to the islands.

There are probably few other places in the world that can claim the characteristic solitude of the Galapagos. Although it is a sought out destination, there is a limited number of guests that can visit each year. Not only does this help protect this environmental prize, it guarantees that those traveling to the islands will spend their time in peace secluded away from large crowds. Subsequently, this limit also means that accommodations fill up quickly and require advanced booking. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit this unparalleled region.