Galapagos Islands

Most people have the Galapagos Islands in their top 2-3 bucket list places to visit. It was on ours as well and we can say with confidence that it belongs on the list. If you are looking to go to a place in the world that is mostly untouched by humans where you can see animals (some very unique), this is the place. Whether it’s swimming with hammerhead sharks or penguins, whether it’s getting up close and personal with iguanas, whether it’s checking out the rare species of birds like the blue footed booby, or whether it’s watching pod of 100+ dolphins swim by, this is the place to go.

Birds

Talk with anyone who’s been to the Galapagos about the birds and their face will light up with a smile. Most will want to talk about the Blue-Footed Booby but we saw many other type of birds as well (like the Red-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Frigatebirds, several finches, Galapagos Penguins, and the rare Galapagos short-eared owl (which we were very lucky to see)).

Sea Lions

While you can see sea lions all over the place on the San Francisco water front, there is nothing like seeing them in the Galapagos. You literally get to walk around with them and swim with them. It’s a truly unique part of the Galapagos experience.

Iguanas

The Iguanas on the islands brought you back to the dinosaur age. They truly looked prehistoric. There are two types of iguanas on the islands. The land based (of which we saw two types) and water based. The sea iguana eats algae and the two land iguanas favorite food is cactus. We were lucky enough to see a sea based iguana come in as the tide rose (it swam right by us and then crawled up the face of boulder).

Galapagos Tortoises

It’s hard to describe or put into words your feelings when you see several giant sized tortoises in the wild. Of course they are not a threat even though they are huge. They are slothy but gentile creatures who amazingly are mesmerizing even though they hardly move. We had a ton of fun walking around a private but totally open (they could say or go) preserve.

Misc cool pics from the Islands

Since this is a travel site the covers many different locations around the world, it’s tough to put all the cool pictures we took when in the islands. They are deserving of a website all to themselves. Here are a few of our favorites.

Cruise Pictures

The best way to see the islands is to take a cruise. Most of the ships are small an ours only held 16 paying passengers. We were very lucky to have had a great group to hang out with for five days. Great food, a few drinks, lots of cards (Euchre), and life long memories will will never forget.

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