Though the wildlife in the Galápagos gets most of the hype, the archipelago’s fantastically colored beaches get raves, too. These vary dramatically from island to island; while a beach on Rabida Island is crimson red (due to a high concentration of oxidized iron in the sand), another on Floreana Island, where the sand contains the semi-precious stone olivine, is tinted green.
Traveling with an intimate group can heighten the experience of exploring the Galapagos. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Galápagos itineraries use two small expedition ships that carry, respectively, just 96 and 48 guests.
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