Are you ready for your next adventure? Is it time to venture out into the world and discover somewhere new? Then, head to the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll find exploration, discovery, relaxation and a whole lot more besides.
Early June is probably the best time to visit. This is when the seas are generally warm and calm, the islands are lush, and the spectacular frigate birds are nesting.
The islands sit above a volcanic hot spot along the equator, 1423km west of mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, and have formed over millions of years. There are 19 main islands and plenty of unnamed smaller ones, and only five are inhabited.
Thanks to a lack of natural predators, wildlife in the Galapagos has no fear of humans, making the islands one of the world’s greatest wonders and a magical destination to visit.
Over millions of years, hundreds of species of plants, insects and animals that arrived here from mainland Ecuador have had to adapt to a harsh volcanic environment, and their transformation is literally the stuff of legends. Even today, scientists cite the research carried out in the Galapagos by botanist Charles Darwin back in 1835 as the foundation for modern theories of evolution and natural selection. It really is a fascinating destination.
You can spend a few days on either Santa Cruz or San Cristobal and do day trips from there, but the best way to see these magnificent islands is by live-aboard boat. Tours range from four to eight days so you can cruise the archipelago’s incredible scenery and see animals including flamingos, penguins, magnificent frigate birds and pods of pilot whales.
If you like fish, you’re in the right place. Unlike neighboring Peru, there’s no guinea pig or alpaca on the menu, but there is plenty of seafood.
A little on the expensive side, but you won’t regret the expenses. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime destination.