Famous for their incredibly fearless and unique wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are some of the most spectacular volcanic islands in the world.
Isolated just off the coast of Ecuador, it’s the only place in the world where you can swim with a playful sea lion, plod along with a giant tortoise and ogle at the brightly coloured feet of the blue footed booby.
The wildlife is truly phenomenal and the scenery, which is barren and volcanic, is hauntingly beautiful.
With its untamed terrain and notoriously fearless creatures – from sea lions to seagoing lizards – the isles of the Galápagos lure those looking for exhilarating encounters in the wild.
The Galápagos archipelago sits 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador and features more than 120 isolated islands and isles, warranting plenty of exploration. But with so much to see and do across this remote string of islands, you’ll have to be selective about which islands you choose to discover.
To get acquainted with the Galápagos’ famous dome-shaped tortoises, head to El Chato Tortoise Reserve or Rancho Primicias on Santa Cruz Island.
Afterward, trek east to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about Darwin’s work.
If you would prefer a rendezvous with sea lions, continue east to San Cristóbal Island, where the cheery mammals engage in barking conversations along chalky white sands.
And for a more serious adrenaline rush, head to Isabela Island to hike the active and imposing Sierra Negra Volcano.