If you type ‘Galapagos Islands’ into Google, it doesn’t take long before you realize that this is a postcard-worthy part of the world.
With stunning blue seas and clear beaches, the flora and fauna on the Galapagos Islands are likely to generate memories you’ll remember for a lifetime. So much so, you can even book cruises around the islands with great companies like Quasar. Here are five must-see destinations on the islands:
As a volcanic islet, this is considered one of the youngest islands, but this doesn’t make it any less magical than the others. Covering 1.2 square kilometers, be sure to have the camera ready because Bartolomé Island is all about the beautiful landscapes.
Whether on a romantic getaway or enjoying one of many luxury Galapagos Island cruises with the family, the volcano itself is inactive but it offers elegant sights with green, orange, black, and red volcanic formations.
North Seymour Island
Next up, we have North Seymour Island, and this is based near Baltra Island. Named after an English nobleman, you’ll notice that the whole island is covered in vegetation and this is because the island actually formed after a submarine lava formation uplift.
For the bird lovers, you’re likely to see swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, and more. Interestingly, this island is considered the home to frigate birds and iguanas are gradually becoming more prominent too.
Playa Las Bachas
As a hotspot for tourists, in case the name didn’t give it away already Playa Las Bachas is a fantastic beach on the Galapagos Islands. Not only is the beach elegant and magnificent, but you should also see lots of wildlife as you relax. Depending on when you go, some people have even seen flamingos strolling along the sands.
To get to the beach, you may need to walk a fairly long path, but it will be worth every second when you finally arrive.
Despite this area being known for tourists, it remains relatively quiet and the sea creatures are vastly different to what you might find at home.
Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat)
It might seem like a strange name for a destination in the Galapagos Islands, but the name actually comes from the shape of this particular island. Just off of Santiago, it’s a tiny island but is historically one of the most popular.
With the visitor trail, you’ll traverse the island while keeping an eye out for sea lions, marine iguanas, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
As part of the walk, you’ll pass lava cactus growing on the lava field. Meanwhile, back on the beach, you’ll share the sands with the American Oystercatcher (distinctive as a wading bird with a bright orange beak). If you’re lucky, a snorkeling trip may even reveal the Galapagos penguin or the white-tipped reef shark.
Be aware; you’ll need durable walking shoes for this trail because of the rough lava.
Charles Darwin Research Station
Finally, how could we talk about the destinations on the Galapagos Islands without mentioning the Charles Darwin Research Station? Located on the Academy Bay shoreline, the research station has an objective to help conservation efforts while also educating visitors.
Therefore, they have over 100 educators, scientists, students, volunteers, and other staff. Depending on what you seek, the research station can teach you all about the iguanas, tortoises, and other animals nearby.
When you go to this part of the world, be ready for tranquillity, beauty, and all the other descriptive words you would expect to see in a travel brochure. In particular, keep an eye out for these five and create memories to last a lifetime with the ones you love!