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Places to Visit in the Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of South America. Six hundred miles off the coast, the country of Ecuador is the closest land mass. It is famous for numerous things however, the Galapagos Islands boast of its wealth of unique plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Few of the islands have high-elevation areas with a pleasant temperature that makes it an ideal place for tourist to spend their vacation. One interesting fact is that the wildlife of Galapagos Island inspired Darwin to develop ‘Theory of Evolution’.

The islands are well known for their distinctive species which include giant tortoises, finches, flightless cormorants, Galapagos lava lizards and marine iguanas. Tourists who want to spend their time in nature should visit these islands to have an experience one of its kind. Additionally, booking America tour packages with Veena World gives you the flexibility to choose your accommodation, transport, the places you want to visit and the activities you want to take part in.

Places to Visit in The Galapagos Islands

Places to Visit in Galapagos Islands

Whether you want to cruise through the Galapagos Islands or decide to stay on one of the inhabitable islands and take boat tours then add the following list of must-see destinations to your itinerary.

  • Tortuga Bay
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Wall of Tears
  • Los Tuneles

1. Tortuga Bay

Be laid back as you get caught up in the activities. Tortuga Bay is an excellent spot to spend some quality time with your loved ones surrounded by the fascinating Galapagos wildlife. Whether you want to simply relax on the beach, swim or take a walk, the Bay of Tortuga has a plethora of things to do. It is of utmost importance to note that the water has strong currents, please follow the signs of where to swim and not to. We also suggest that you follow the community guidelines, in that way, you can have a safe & sound experience on your USA tour packages.

2. Charles Darwin Research Station

Located on Santa Cruz island, Charles Darwin Research Station welcomes all visitors to discover their scientific research. Here you will be offered depth in your perspective, on how you see these islands, their history and ecology as you take a glance at various displays in the exhibition wall. Explore the realm of Charles Darwin and Galapagos Island. Wander outside to the gardens or catch a glimpse of the giant Galapagos Tortoises. The research station hosts over 125,000 visitors each year. Most areas of this research station are open to the public including the exhibition hall.

3. Wall of Tears

Also known as El Muro de Las Lagrimas, the Wall of Tears is a famous historical site. Step out to the largest island of Isabela to take a hike to the Wall of Tears. No matter where you are in the Galapagos Islands, this archipelago offers numerous activities to do and places to see. They say the journey is more important than the destination. So indeed, there are many lookouts, beaches, mangroves and other attractions along the way to Wall of Tears.

4. Los Tuneles

This destination allows you to experience a walk through the island’s volcanic tunnels. Sparing a day for this trip will give you some time to explore and the relaxation you need. Your travel to the Galapagos Islands could be a thrilling experience for those who can snorkel and maybe even catch a glimpse of a shark while swimming. Volcanic formations on the islands are unique when it comes to Galapagos attractions, and being so close to them is a unique experience that cannot be found elsewhere.

Reasons Why You Must Visit the Galapagos Islands

With more than 150,000 tourists visiting each year. The Galapagos Island is famous for its stunning landscapes and unique wildlife. The Galapagos consists of 13 major islands or more with a variety of beaches and forest habitats. It offers tourists to explore and learn more about the island, its people, their culture and food. Galapagos Marine Reserve also attracts tourists who are learning to scuba dive in its pristine waters. Visitors from all around the world are tempted to travel Galapagos Islands. Mentioned below are a few reasons, to visit these islands:

  1. Get a close view of the extraordinary wildlife: The island is home to a wide variety of plants & animals. What is more fascinating is that the wildlife here is said to have evolved with very little to no human contact or other major predators for hundreds of years. Galapagos Island tours allow an exceptional viewing opportunity for its visitors.
  2. An array of flora & fauna found nowhere else on earth: Most of the flora and fauna of these islands are considered to be endemic, which means they only exist in this one place on the entire planet. The Galapagos island is famous for incredible marine life and bird life that needs to be seen to believe.
  3. Explore the pure and untouched ecosystem: Most of the islands in this archipelago remain uninhabited. This is due to the laws and tourism restrictions that were designed to protect the biodiversity of this pristine location of the Galapagos Islands. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 due to its cultural & historical relevance. Almost the whole of Galapagos Islands together form a protected national park. This means travellers can have an experience one of its kind filled with dense forests, volcanic lava tubes and stunning beaches.
  4. Indulge in water sports: Since the Galapagos consist of other major islands, some may offer better views than others. No matter which island you are on, most likely you will be swimming with marine creatures. No matter where in the Galapagos Islands you are, it does not mean that there is less to see or do. There are snorkelling spots or you can also go for scuba diving to witness the marine life.

Best Time to Visit The Galapagos Islands

Different seasons bring in different kinds of attractions. The best time to visit Galapagos Islands is from December to May. It is also considered an excellent time for snorkelling, hiking and diving. The weather in Galapagos Island is pleasant year-round. On your USA trip from India, you should consider staying in Ecuador for a couple of weeks. Especially during the cool season i.e. from June to November for a short vacation to Galapagos islands. You can also visit during the crossover of seasons to get the best of both worlds.

The Galapagos Islands is an amalgamation of more than 13 major islands. There are a variety of beaches and wildlife which makes this place like no other else on this planet. Almost the whole of Galapagos landmass is designated a national park. Nighttime in the Galapagos can be fascinating as there is no light pollution that could obstruct your view of the night skies. Due to its unique position straddling the Equator, the Galapagos offers an opportunity to view the constellations of both the Northern & Southern hemispheres at the same time. Explore the beaches of Galapagos Islands on a cruise for an experience to remember.

June 18, 2024

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