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Conservation Challenges in the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands face serious challenges for the long-term survival of their marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Some of these challenges are summarized below, as well as some ideas for how eco-toursim helps and how you can help make a difference!
The Galapagos Islands provide a haven for all types of wildlife! Swim alongside playful sea lions, watch ancient tortoises slowly roam, kayak past land iguanas, and hike among blue footed boobies. These are just a few of the unique species and experiences you will have on your Galapagos trip.
The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their biodiversity both on land and in the sea, but perhaps most of all for the incredible birds that call these islands their home. Endemic species like the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, and blue-footed boobies soar in the company of albatrosses, frigatebirds, gulls, and other fascinating species.
Lizards, turtles, and tortoises characterize the Galapagos Islands. In fact, the Spanish word "Galapago" literally refers to the saddle shape of the giant tortoise's shell. And the endemic marine iguana is the only sea-going lizard, its features undeniable proof of Darwin's theory of evolution. The landscape is dominated by these ancient reptiles.
Galapagos Aquatic Wildlife
Strap on a snorkel & prepare to witness some of the most incredible marine life in the great blue ocean. The perfect balance of nutrient rich coldwater currents & warm tropical water make the Galapagos Islands a veritable playground for rainbows of tropical fish, sharks, sea lions, rays, gracefully diving birds, & other fascinating endemic species.
Over 600 miles from continental Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to few native mammals. You will, however, likely encounter the playful sea lions or fur seals when you snorkel or witness the majestic whales and agile dolphins surging out of the water alongside your yacht.
Galapagos Insects and Invertebrates
Geographically isolated from the mainland of South America, there aren't many insects or invertebrates native to the Galapagos Islands. That's why it's a unique experience when you spot an endemic green hawkmoth, colorful grasshoppers, or gentle butterflies. Keep an eye out after daily showers, when these insects are most commonly seen.
Ecuador Travel Info
Ecuador is a land of contrasts. From the Galapagos Islands to the Andes Mountains, its terrain is vastly diverse. From urban cities like Quito to villages in the depths of the Amazon, the culture varies dramatically. These different characteristics, among others, can only be fully experience on an Ecuador trip!
Galapagos Island Guide
This island-by-island description of the Galapagos will familiarize travelers with the archipelago. Learn the general highlights of each individual island to help determine an itinerary that best suits your interests. With so much to see and experience throughout the Galapagos, you cannot go wrong with any of our trips!
Galapagos Average Air and Water Temperatures
The Galapagos Islands are a great destination to visit year-round. The archipelago experiences very mild seasonal variations throughout. However, there are a few weather patterns that should be taken into consideration depending on what you want to see & do during your trip.
I just returned from a weekend in Yellowstone National Park. Despite the bitter cold, my attention was captured by something mysterious and beautiful. Wolves. I was mesmerized. However, I was curious why the wolves were running playfully, nuzzling noses, and dancing around like excitable puppies. This is not the gracefully fierce wolf behavior I …
Top 5 Wildlife Destinations
Our vast world is teeming with curious and diverse wildlife to be discovered. Take a look at our top five wildlife watching destinations.
This continent has long been recognized as the ultimate adventure frontier and a remarkable trip into the wild. An Africa tour allows the discovery of a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat. …
The Galapagos Islands: Saving a World Heritage
Did you know that you give back the the Galapagos just by traveling with Adventure Life? Learn how your trip actually helps preserve the delicate ecology of the islands. Conservation is vital in the Galapagos, and by traveling with us you are playing an active role in the solution.
Do you want to book a trip to the Galapagos Islands but aren't exactly sure where to start? Our FAQ article answers some of the most common traveler questions. From what time of year to visit to packing suggestions, this guide will hopefully help you in the planning process. No matter what, this is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!
Best Time of Year to Visit Galapagos
Although the Galapagos is a year-round destination, there may be a better time for your trip depending on personal interests. This traveler gives insight into highlights of the islands at different times of year. Knowing these details can be invaluable during the process of determining when to plan your trip.
South American Packing Essentials
Packing advice, including a list of recommended essentials for trips to South America
This Isn't Your Traditional Galapagos Tour
Traditional Galapagos travel is changing. While taking a cruise is still the most popular way to explore the islands, new tours are offering unique and unusual ways to explore the beauty and the wonder of the Galapagos.
Family Travel in Ecuador
Ecuador is an ideal destination for families interested in educational travel. With four distinct ecosystems in a relatively small area, families can experience natural diversity in a short period of time. There are also plenty of opportunities to have fun and make lasting memories together!
Spending the Holidays on Holiday
Oh the hustle & bustle of the holidays! Wouldn't you rather feel refreshed & recharged upon returning to work in January? Wouldn't true quality time with family be so much better than cleaning, running errands, & trying to avoid chaos? We have a resolution to these issues, and it might just come with the bonus of a suntan... Spend your holidays on holiday!
Double the Adventure
Before embarking on a journey, you put a lot of effort into deciding where to go, preparing, and researching. While takingthe time to organize a trip, why not plan to see TWO destinations? There are so many possible combinations of places that are easy to see during one adventure, and we love customizing these fusion trips for our travelers! …
Get Inspired Video Series
If you haven't been inspired by them yet, let us introduce Nik & Dusty Green. Let's just say that they are two of our favorite Adventure Lifers of all time. As a result, we have asked them to take their video cameras with them in order to show all of you fine folks what our incredible trips are truly like. Follow this fun-loving couple …
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Costa Rica offers a breathtaking array of sights and sounds throughout its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and variety of wildlife. This dynamic country enthusiastically welcomes travelers to experience its treasured landscape and natural beauty. Colorful tree frogs, giant leatherback turtles, screaming howler monkeys, and crawling …
Protecting a Living Museum
A brief history of human impact on the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos first appeared on maps around 1570 with various explorers making stops but never settling on the islands. Whalers and maritime fur traders started moving in during the 18th century. At this time, tortoises were hunted as a source of meat since they could be kept alive onboard …
Experience the Galapagos, Your Way
In no other place on earth can travelers hike in search of ancient tortoises, kayak past hundreds of sunbathing iguanas, and swim among sea lions all in the same day! There are so many ways to see the Galapagos, so it can be difficult to choose. Our guide will help you decide the right style of travel for you.
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