The wild creatures of the Galápagos Islands are unique in several ways. Not only have species evolved independently—and thus, differently—than any place on earth, but they’ve also done so without natural predators. That means many of the animals here, including sea lions, birds, and giant tortoises, have no fear whatsoever of human visitors. Travelers here often experience seabirds perching on their camera lenses, or sea lions swimming right next to them—encounters they’d be unlikely to have anywhere else. Face time with the endemic species of the Galápagos is a major reason to visit these islands. On Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Galápagos journeys, itineraries are built around animal encounters.