Galapagos Islands in South America are one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. This remote archipelago is a land of stark volcanoes, dense forests, lush green plateaus, turquoise bays and archetypal tropical beaches. The best of all is the unparalleled exquisiteness of its outstanding wildlife sanctuary. A trip to Galapagos Island offers an unmatched experience, highlighting the best of each Island with its individual distinct personality, allure and wildlife.
In case you want to enjoy the wildlife of this region, your chosen Galapagos Islands vacation packages must have these destinations included in their tour itinerary:
Santa Cruz: Several Galapagos Islands holidays begin and end with Santa Cruz Island. This island is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can find giant tortoises, which are one of the largest sea or land turtles in the world. It’s important to mention here that the upper part of the shell of these tortoises is unique on each Galapagos Island, which is an evolutionary development. With an estimated lifespan of about 150 years, these giant tortoises can weigh up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and are a sight to behold. Extensive traveling will direct you to the mushy farm in the highlands, where you can see tortoises in the wild. As you halt at Los Gemelos, you will be able to identify the beautiful vermilion flycatcher. Santa Cruz is a dominant residence for the marine iguanas, the only seafaring lizard, which roam around in the sun or sit on the rocky shores to raise their body temperature between the dives. Thus, you can catch them too on your Santa Cruz trip.
Bartolome: Bartolome is well known for its vibrant landscapes and sterile volcanic background. The most common waterfront here is near Pinnacle Rock. On the way, you will see cactus plants and lava lizards. The view from the top is beautiful, with Pinnacle Rock encompassing the island. This island has been rated as one of the larger colonies of Galapagos penguins, where relatively cool currents keep water temperatures low.
Espanola: Espanola is another distinct spot which tops the preference list of many planning a trip to Galapagos Islands. This island is becoming extinct, and will be identified as a barren land with little or no vegetation soon. But this won’t deprive you from witnessing large bays, with sand and soft shingle. During your Galapagos Island holidays, this region in particular, will give you a glimpse of the attractive wildlife present in its rugged yet serene countryside. Land iguanas are a natural species found in this island. These are "dragon" lizards measuring up to three meters long, with skin that’s usually yellow-orange to brown in color, which helps in distinguishing them from marine iguanas.
San Cristobal: Most boats stop at San Cristobal Island, offering pick up and drop services to the passengers. If you spend some time on San Cristobal, you will perhaps stop at El Lobería, a pretty beach with sea lions, red crabs, and colorful birds. You certainly would not want to miss out on visiting La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, a natural giant-tortoise reserve.
Isabela: Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, located in east of Fernandina. It has been formed by volcanic eruptions and eventual conjugation of six different volcanoes. Darwin's Lake on this island provides excellent subjects for the shutterbugs, the fundamental one being its varied species. One of the species is the flamingo, found in Flamingo Pond. Galapagos holiday packages also offer panga rides around the mangrove estuaries, shores and Tagus Cove, where you will have the opportunity to see Galapagos penguins.
So, if you are wildlife enthusiast, make sure to visit these five islands on your next Galapagos Island holidays.