If you are interested in adventures, you can’t go wrong in Ecuador. There are towering Andean peaks and volcanoes, vast swaths of Amazonian rain forest, chilled-out surf villages, and obviously, the iconic and amazing Galapagos Islands. Ecuador has the highest biodiversity per square foot in the world. More than 2,265 streams and rivers cascade down from the Andes mountain range into the Amazon or the Pacific Ocean.
Here are the top reasons why you should visit the Galapagos Islands:
The most protected places on earth
There are very few places left in the world that are untouched by human development and preserved in their natural form. Located 600 miles from mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is made up of 61 islands and islets with 13 main islands, all surrounding the equator. In 1978, UNESCO designated the Galapagos Islands as the first World Heritage site. Additionally, it is one of the few locations in the world that does not have an indigenous population. The first recorded visit to the islands was in the year 1535, and currently 25,000 residents inhabit only five of them.
You can witness evolution and Darwinism in action
The Galapagos Islands are known to be a natural laboratory where you can closely observe land and marine life in their native habitats.
Darwin’s concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection became central to modern evolutionary theory, and it has now become the unifying concept of the life sciences. The Galapagos National Park naturalists will point out specific species and their evolving traits that led Darwin to conclude his research.
It’s a great opportunity to get close to the native wildlife
From the giant tortoise, fur sea lions, and marine iguanas to the blue foot boobies and Galapagos penguins, the endemic wildlife is abundant and truly fascinating.
You will see unique landscapes
Unique landscapes such as the Galapagos carpet, volcanic mountains, dramatic rock formations, perfect skies and amazing sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are just few of the things that will leave you breathless when visiting Galapagos. And, with the fascinating landscapes all around you, it won’t be hard to capture the perfect shot.
You’ll find some of the best beaches in the world
Turquoise blue water, white sand that has barely been walked on, and not a soul as far as you can see, that is what a regular beach at the Galapagos is like.
In order to make your plans right, you should know that from December to May, it is very warm and sunny in the islands, which makes it perfect for swimming in the wonderful waters.
Traveling to Galapagos is not as expensive as you may have thought
Due to the location of the Galapagos Islands and the limited number of tourists allowed, traveling around the islands may not seem very economical at first as compared to some other destinations.
However, the secret is to find good deals that would take you to Galapagos Islands for a good price. We recommend Last Minute Galapagos Deals as they have an excellent reputation for offering Luxury Class , First Class, Tourist Superior Class cruises and motor sailboats at excellent prices.
So, make sure to visit the Galapagos Islands as it may just inspire you to think differently about the world. And, remember nowhere in the world can you find and enjoy such luxuriant beauty!
Add visiting Galapagos on your ‘must see’ list, you will not regret it!