Welcome to my Galapagos Islands Adventure series. Travel with us as we explore four of these unique and spectacular islands. Come face to face with island inhabitants rarely seen outside this archipelago. Don’t miss my other posts in this series:
Have fun with Sensational Sea Lions of San Cristobal.
Don’t miss Wet & Wild Adventures On San Cristobal Island.
Experience the Mysteries & Majestic Sunsets on Floreana Island.
Savor the adventures in Paradise Found On Isabela Island.
Explore more with 5 Experiences Not To Be Missed On Santa Cruz Island.
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean some 500+ miles off the coast of Ecuador. They served as the cornerstone of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They are home to endemic species including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies. They are also the destination we were very fortunate to explore! Come along with me as I recap our adventures on four Galapagos Islands.
The Beginnings of An Amazing Adventure
Most travelers explore the Galapagos Islands via cruise boats. We chose a land-based tour. The land based tours are perfect for those who are less inclined to spend their evenings on a boat, or may be prone to sea sickness. Certainly there are pros and cons for our choice of a land-based tour. Most notably, less islands would be seen. The advantage? Those islands we did visit were explored in greater depth.
And we are off! Enjoy a glimpse into our eight day Galapagos Islands vacation, where we will take you on a journey to four unique and diverse Galapagos Islands, each with it’s own stamp on life in this incredibly diverse archipelago.
Each island will be explored in greater details in future posts.
San Cristobal Island
This eastern-most Galapagos Island is home to the provincial capital of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and the first stop on our Galapagos Islands adventure. Here you will be introduced to overly friendly sea lions who co-mingle with their human neighbors. You’ll follow along as we bike down calm, traffic-free roads to a sea lion colony, snorkel among sea turtles and sharks, and hike hilltops to watch frigate birds dart and dive off the nearby cliffs.
San Cristobal Island was a perfect introduction to the astounding Galapagos wildlife and breathtaking vistas, and a preview of adventures yet to come.
Anchors away! It’s time to set sail for Floreana Island, one of the least human inhabited Galapagos islands with some of the most interesting human history. With a population of about 120, this is most certainly a relaxed atmosphere. And what a better way to relax after arrival than snorkeling right outside your island hideaway. Spend the afternoon swimming with sea turtles, hiking past a giant tortoise colony, and learning about the local mysteries. Yep, that’s relaxing all right!
Though our stay on Floreana Island was brief, it was jam-packed with adventure and excitement. And topped off with one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve seen, a calm Pacific Ocean it’s backdrop, and all playing out right in front of our beach-side hotel.
Next up on our adventure is Isabela Island. This gem is the largest Galapagos Island, and home to some of the more famous Galapagos wildlife. It’s where you can kayak past a colony of Galapagos penguins, watch pelicans dive for their dinner, visit a giant tortoise breeding center, and hike along the rim of an ancient volcano. All topped off with evenings on the beach, where perhaps you’ll follow a local marine iguana as he ambles on by.
Our days on Isabela Island were both relaxing, and yet exhausting. So many fun adventures awaited us here. We just had to do them all!
Santa Cruz Island
Our last stop on this fantastic journey is Santa Cruz Island, where we explore another unique habitat. It’s were you can take a hike along an amazing cloud forest trail to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Gaze into lava tunnels carved thousands of years ago. Or hike to a stunning beach that marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and pelicans call home. And just maybe, those who want even more adventure can try their hands – or feet – at surfing or body boarding. Yep. Fun indeed!
Santa Cruz Island is also home to the Darwin Research Station, a “must see” site, and the last adventure of our Galapagos Islands tour.
Heading Home Now
The Galapagos Islands was an adventure this family will long remember. Where else can you sit down next to a friendly sea lion? Take a walk on the beach where marine iguanas laze beneath the sun? Kayak past a colony of Galapagos penguins diving for dinner? Or contemplate the circle of life while watching a giant tortoise munch on grass.
Have you been to the Galapagos Islands? Did you explore by cruise boat, or was your adventure land-based? What was your most favorite adventure, your most loved island? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Stick around for more to come on our Galapagos Islands adventures.
All images from C.Biederman