Are you looking for a multigenerational family adventure this holiday season? Ecuador is open to U.S. citizens and eager to share the magnificent wildlife with you and your loved ones. Have fun and learn about the history and geography of the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago rich in culture and located about 600 miles west off Ecuador's coast. It's best known for the place Charles Darwin made his study of wildlife and endemic species while aboard the HMS Beagle. He spread the word of these majestic islands' which is credited to the steady tourism today.
In 1959, the Galápagos became Ecuador's first national park, and in 1978, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's an excellent spot for diving, snorkeling, and taking pictures of the animals' habitat. Have you dreamed of visiting this beautiful archipelago?
Let me share my top 5 must-see islands in the Galapagos Islands!
1) Española Island
This island, known as the Grand Central Station of wildlife among the archipelago, holds many wonders to its existence. One of them is it hosts an overwhelming diversity of wildlife. Among the beautiful animals that you can spot within this area include the Galapagos Sea Lion, the Nazca Booby, the Blue-Foot Booby, the Marine Iguana, and the only island you can spot the Galapagos Albatross.
2) Isabela Island
Known as one of the biggest islands in the archipelago is Isabela Island. It is home to one of the most prominent craters in the world. Six shield volcanoes surround the area. These six volcanoes have merged into one forming the island. Among these volcanoes, four of them show sporadic activity. Of course, the island provides rich and diverse wildlife. It's an excellent spot for both beginners and experts who love to dive or snorkel. While there, I recommend taking a half-day tour to the center of the island called Los Tuneles. You will see so many wildlife species it's worth your time traveling to the center of the island.
3) Santa Cruz Island
Among the islands, Santa Cruz Island is the most populated. Many people start their time in the islands here as many itineraries have you fly into this airport. Despite the population, Santa Cruz Island has a lot to offer. You can enjoy the sights and learn about the culture of its people. Relax and unwind on Tortuga Bay's white-sand beaches and enjoy the restaurants and shops in Puerto Ayora.
Some of the stand out marine life on this island are the Galapagos marine turtles, marine iguanas, and the Sally Lightfoot crabs. Rancho Primicias and El Chato Tortoise Reserve can be fun for kids of all ages. Here you will see the giant tortoise. For divers and snorkeling, be sure to schedule time at the Gordon Rocks and Las Grietas to enjoy more time with marine life.
4) Floreana Island
This island provides the best sunsets of all the islands in this chain. Floreana Island history and diverse species of birds and lizards are a few of the many reasons this island is on the list. When exploring wildlife, you will find the Floreana Lava Lizard, the Floreana Mockingbird, the American Flamingo, the Galapagos Penguin, and the Galapagos Sea Lion. Divers worldwide flock to this island to explore an area called the Devil's Crown, located off the northeast point of the island. It is a great spot where you can snorkel with schools of fish and various marine life.
5) Santiago Island
Geologists and rock enthusiasts marvel when touring this island. The wonders of volcanic formation, the sight of contrasting, volcanic layers of rock, as seen on the side of Sullivan Bay, is breathtaking. In addition to the landscape, Santiago Island has a diverse display of shorebirds and is a great location to watch for the Galapagos Fur Seal.
Other notable sightseeing locations on the island are the Sombrero Chino (an islet at the southern tip), Cousin's Rock, and Puerto Egas. Sombrero Chino and Cousin's Rock have good diving sites, while Puerto Egas is an excellent place to spot wildlife.
So are you're ready to return to travel?
When you are, the Galapagos Islands shines as one of the best spots for family travel during the holidays or any month of the year. The pent-up travel demand is real and is building every day. Stop dreaming and call me to discuss your dreams for this adventurous getaway!
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