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Isla Bartolomé

Bartolomé Island, Ecuador
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The Galápagos’ Technicolor Beaches Galápagos Islands  Ecuador

The Galápagos’ Technicolor Beaches

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.