Booking a tour to the Galapagos Islands, will ease communication barriers, allow you to gain inside knowledge, and avoid the hassles of planning and logistics. You will be sure about where you are going and what you are doing, seeing, and learning. Here are some great options for you.
The endemic species you can encounter in the Galapagos
Actually, the first endemic animal that the English naturalist, Charles Darwin spotted, was the Giant tortoise.
So, I recommend that while in Santa Cruz island you take a bus ride to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will find an area full of green pastures located in the cloud forest. Perfect to watch giant tortoises wild. Also, to walk through tunnels formed by rivers of red-hot lava.
I guess this is one of the most amazing species that you can encounter on your visit to these islands.
Most people just expect to find penguins living in cold weather. It is amazing to believe that penguins could live in the warm weather of the Galapagos, near the equator. They range amongst the smallest penguins in the world. They are also rather small, not measuring more than 53 cm.
A cute fact is that once a female penguin and a male penguin get together, they form pair bonds for life. Galapagos penguins are found mainly in Fernandina and Isabela islands. Book a cruise that includes in their itineraries a stop on one of these islands.
These are the largest of the seabirds species. Also, the only ones located in the tropics.
If you want to see them you would have to plan your trip based on their mating season. This is the only time of the year when they come to land and this occurs only in one of the islands, Española. Hence, the best time of the year to visit the Islands is from March to January.
Their breeding process takes up to 9 months. If you plan on booking a cruise around the main islands in these months, then you will be able to spot them.
These are also some pretty uncommon birds. The fact is that you can only find them on two islands: Fernandina and Isabela. So, consider booking a cruise that includes a stop on one of these islands.
Another fact that is even more special is that they are the only one of the species that have lost their ability to fly. Due to the fact that these species used to live and evolved in islands without predators, they stopped needing to fly.
Another great activity that you will hardly forget, includes booking a day tour to one of the close smaller islands, La Loberia. Here you can snorkel with friendly sea lions.
Fortunately, these species, (Zalophus wollebaeki), only found on the Galápagos Islands are easily spotted in most islands.
In brief, you can enjoy snorkeling, biking, diving, and kayaking in the Islands. All fun active ways for you to experience a close encounter with these five endemic species of the Islands.
Add snorkeling to your list of activities, you enjoy some breathtaking underwater photos like these.
In sum, the islands bring great opportunities for tourists to enjoy some close encounters with endemic species. I have not mentioned all of them, so be ready to experience even more wonderful flora and fauna during your visit.
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