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Ecuador Tours Explore The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is the land of evolution where unique animal species thrive in their natural habitat.  

The Galápagos Islands is a small archipelago that is part of Ecuador and is known for its incredible wildlife. The island's fragile ecosystem is ardently protected in order to safeguard its natural habitat. It is also home to animals that are endemic to the island and that can be found nowhere else in the world.
Great care is taken to tourism and its effects on the place making it one of the few places in the world where human and carbon footprint is at a minimum. The island is a traveller's chance to reconnect with nature. 

    Animal Sovereignty

    The Galapagos islands are comprised of four inhabited islands where 40,000 people live. This represents just 3% of the total landmass of the archipelago. The rest of the island has been protected as a national reserve since 1959 and travellers are only allowed to visit set areas within the parks and islands. These designated zones are meant to protect the flora and fauna of the island as over the years a lot of them were damaged due to overtourism. 

    There are many rare animals that have made the Galapagos island their home some of which are only found here. For example, the waved albatross is only found on the island of Española and the flightless cormorant is found on the islands of Fernandina and Isabela. The incredible conservation work on the island has enabled the animals that live here to thrive and continue their existence with no to minor impact from the outside world.

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    • Galapagos Islands

      Wildlife Watching

      The unique trait of The Galapagos Islands lies in the rarity of the animals found here. Iguanas, giant tortoises, lava lizards, geckos and finches are just a few of the animals that have made this island their home. 

    • Tortuga Bay

      Become a Beach bum

      Located near the town of Puerto Ayera, Tortuga Bay is the white-sand beach by excellence. It stretches for 2.5 kilometres and is the ideal location to enjoy water sports such as surfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Here, travellers will be sharing the beach with animals such as flamingos and marine iguanas, so keep your eyes peeled. 

    • Baby Sea Lion

      Explore Isabela Island

      Isabela Island is the largest of the Galapagos archipelago and consists of five still active volcanoes, the tallest one towering at 1707m high. The island has a variety of different landscapes on offer, from lagoons to wetlands and beaches it is a topographical haven. The island is home to a flamingo lagoon where these majestic pink birds waddle through the calm waters hunting for food. It’s the perfect place to witness these animals up close and with no other disturbance. 

    • Giant Tortoise

      Discover a Tortoise’s Haven

      The El Chato Reserve is a private 12 hectare protected ground that houses the iconic giant tortoise of The Galapagos. Over a hundred giant tortoises are found here enjoying the green pastures and muddy pools. The preservation work put in place to protect these animals is incredible and visiting the island is an incredible educational opportunity to learn more about these majestic animals. 

    • Sea Lion

      Spot some Sea Lions

      La Loberia gets its name from the large amounts of sea lions also known as lobos marinos that cover its beaches and rock formations around the island. It is a great spot to sit and admire these sea mammals in their natural habitat. The area is also a popular hiking spot as the terrain winds around mangroves and lava rocks that take you all the way up to the birds cliffs where travellers will be able to see a number of nesting birds as well as frigates and gulls flying up above. 

    • Experience Charles Darwin Research Center

      This iconic natural park is the centre of conservation and research for the island. It was set up in 1964 and now houses over 200 scientists and volunteers who work here to protect the variety of flora and fauna that makes the island so special. The station has a breeding program for tortoises as well as an enclosure for land iguanas which were once close to extinction. Travellers can spend time at the centre learning more about the work being done to protect the environment of the island. Don’t forget to visit the Darwin finches while you are there. A small group of birds discovered by Darwin himself and which helped him discover the theory of evolution. 


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