Article by Henry Arnault
If you are looking to explore nature during your Ecuador travel be sure to include a trip to the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Located 650 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are the perfect destination for nature and wildlife lovers. The variety of unique flora and fauna found in this archipelago is best explored on a Galapagos cruise. Galapagos cruises depart daily and take you to a variety of different islands so you can truly grasp the diversity of the Galapagos. Galapagos cruise itineraries vary between operators as there are many options for your cruise destinations and activities.
An island included in almost all Galapagos cruise itineraries is Santa Cruz, and for good reason, it has a variety of activities for all travelers. The island is perfect for exploration on foot, as you can walk the trails and come to hidden lagoons. A visit the nearby tortoise breeding center home to the Galapagos tortoise is a must. On the north shore of the island you will also find beautiful white sand beaches and black lagoons, perfect for snorkeling. For those looking to take some photos, the Santa Cruz highlands give you a great vantage point to see the island’s picturesque rolling hills, volcano cones, and lush greenery. Also located on the island is the Charles Darwin Station sure to be included in your itinerary.
Espanola Island is perfect for land and water exploration. If you are visiting Suarez point you are sure to see a variety of bird species on land and soaring in the skies above. A visit to Gardner Bay is also a great opportunity to see bird life, as well as it is perfect for snorkeling. Take a dip in the bay or snorkel and you are sure to enjoy the underwater creatures that occupy these waters, from sharks to sea lions you will see an assortment of sea creatures here.
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Floreana is another island often visited by travelers, as its Cormorant point, is the perfect place to spot flamingos lounging at a hidden lagoon. The island also boasts a spectacular white sand beach which is a popular nesting spot for turtles. Also found on the island is a look out at Baroness Observatory, where you will have beautiful views of the island.
If you find yourself at Isabela Island you are in for a treat. The island is home to vast array of wildlife as well as it is home to on land attractions. The Wall of Tears can be found on Isabela, this wall constructed of lava blocks, was built by prisoners that originally inhabited the island. Another attraction on the island is the Sierra Negra Volcano where travelers can explore the crater and receive spectacular views of the island. If you are looking to spot some wildlife, Isabela provides plenty of opportunities. The shallow waters surrounding the island are full or sea lions, sea rays, and white-tipped reef sharks. On land you will be able to spot pelicans, Galapagos turtles, and even the Galapagos penguin!
The many islands that make up the Galapagos are full of spectacular plant and wildlife. Explore a variety of terrains and snorkel with the many underwater creatures during your Galapagos Cruise. A trip to the Galapagos Islands is the perfect complement to your Ecuador travel.
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