Activities in the Galapagos

What Are the Best Activities to Do in the Galapagos Islands?

Although the Galapagos Islands are more often associated with research projects on evolution than idyllic beaches and whale watching, don’t let your middle school science books fool you. The Galapagos Islands host some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and have won numerous awards for their outstanding diving potential. Visitors arrive in the archipelago every day from all over the world to take advantage of the full range of activities available in the Galapagos Islands, from hiking among giant tortoises to visiting organic coffee farms.

Hiking Amidst Extraordinary Wildlife

Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the unique wonders of the Galapagos Islands. The archipelago’s twenty islands have at least five different habitat zones, and each zone is home to a uniquely distinct range of life, much of which is found nowhere else on Earth. A walk through lava fields introduces visitors to the world-renowned land iguana, for example. In contrast, while clambering through cliffs, you will likely come across the peculiar blue-footed booby, among much other Galapagos fauna. Galapagos hikes also offer astounding views of this unique landscape, as well as the vast Pacific Ocean that lies beyond.

Exploring the Marine World

It is not unusual for visitors to travel to the Galapagos Islands specifically for the underwater experience. At the conjunction of three major ocean currents. The islands are surrounded by some of the most abundant waters in the world. As a result, they hold an astounding assortment of marine life. The Galapagos is home the most abundant fish biomass in the world, at an average of about 17.5 tons per hectare. Whether you prefer snorkeling or scuba diving, or even a more relaxed glass-bottom boat ride, you are bound to see an abundance of sharks, turtles, sea lions, reef fish, and more!

Your Dream Beach Vacation

Crystalline waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees, soft golden light, and… what’s that? A baby sea lion coming to say hello?! The Galapagos Islands will quickly become your favorite beach vacation. Gardner Bay on Espanola Island was named one of the best beaches in the world, and the delicate arch of Tortuga Bay is also popular among tourists for sunbathing, kayaking, and even observing Galapagos flamingos. Relaxing along the shoreline can be the perfect way to end your day of Galapagos adventure.

Learning with Galapagos Farmers

Although it may come as a surprise to many, Galapagos farming is an essential part of the Galapagos Islands sustainability, as it reduces the number of imports required to support tourism and the local population. Galapagos tourists can visit farms in the highlands and learn about the age-old production of sugar cane, shade-grown coffee, and also a type of Galapagos liquor made from distilled sugar cane juice. You might even have the opportunity to sample fresh juice and jams made from local fruit.

Charles Darwin Research Station

Regardless of your interests, you will want to stop by the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island before you leave the Galapagos Islands. This research station has held a central role in the conservation and restoration of the Galapagos Islands, attracting scientists and volunteers from all over the world. Visitors can learn about the various research projects going on in the islands and explore the photography exhibit, as well as visit the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding project and observe these mighty tortoises during each stage of their lives.

From fascinating geology to world-class beaches, the Galapagos Islands hold something for everyone. Be sure to plan. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the options!

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