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Ecuador
Technically, you don’t have to be a science geek to appreciate a cruise to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. That said, basic knowledge of the archipelago as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution certainly won’t...
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Ecuador
I'm not a cruise guy in any way, and I went into this adventure with trepidation. I worried about all the things one worries about when they consider a cruise. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. This was one of the most remarkable travel...
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North Seymour Island, Ecuador
The magnificent frigatebird soars above the waters of the Galapagos, terrifying fish everywhere it goes, stopping just long enough to puff out its chest to impress the opposite sex. The frigatebird is notable for its tremendous size, ability to...
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Isabela Island, Ecuador
The landscape of northern Isabela Island is remarkable. This terrain, between Punta Albemarle and Punta Vicente Roca is some of the most remarkable in all of the Galapagos Islands, and often missed by folks spying birds, turtles, and sea lions...
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Marchena Island, Ecuador
Our cruise ship came equipped with a number of dinghies that we used to land at various islands, chase dolphins, and take us out on snorkeling trips. Riding these rubber beasts was good fun, especially when traversing rough water, and they allowed...
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
The lagoon near Punta Espinoza is a little slice of heaven, especially if you're a sea turtle looking for a place to catch a few rays. We saw no fewer than a dozen turtles playing in the calm waters of the lagoon, a far cry from the tumultuous...
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
Brilliant sunsets and sunrises chased us around the Galapagos, with one of the best falling upon us on the gorgeous island of Fernandina. A great sunset on its own is one thing, but when combined with a truly stunning landscape, it becomes...
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Española Island, Ecuador
Baby sea lions are some of the cutest and most curious animals on earth, though their parents (and the National Park naturalists) certainly won't appreciate you trying to play with them. And no, you can't take one home. Trust me. But you can get...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Expeditions are hard work (sometimes), and require attention, dedication, and focus. After a long day exploring the islands, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz is the perfect place to unwind. I took a cocktail to the pool, dipped my toes in the...
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
The Giant Tortoise Reserve is one of the highlights of any trip to the Galapagos, but don't forget to look around on your drive across the island; Santa Cruz is noted for tremendous scenic beauty in its own right. It's amazing just how much you...
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Visiting the Rancho Primicias in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, is like stepping back into prehistory. The tortoises roam freely and seem quite disinterested in all your digital attention. Thriving in mountain mists, they give us a...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
On the Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, fishermen clean their catch right on the pier, and pelicans and sea lions hover around the periphery to gobble up the guts the fishermen discard. I particularly liked the shark tattoo on this man's shoulder...
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After five very active days on our Galapagos expedition, we skipped the opportunity to take a hike in Puerto Egas and instead decided to relax on the beach. A sea lion had similar ideas and plopped herself right down next to my daughter's towel...
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Cruising around the Galapagos, there's no shortage of wildlife and photographic opportunities. But this one moment was something special. Our boat anchored at sea, and as we ferried onto shore I realized that those weren't giant barking boulders...
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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Last year I got to go to the Galapagos with my Dad and when we were done surfing at Tortuga Bay there was no room in the dingy to head back to the boat. I decided to surf behind the dingy, so the boat wouldn't have to make another trip back to...
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Española Island, Ecuador
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...
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Floreana Island, Ecuador
Galápagos travelers are often amazed to find themselves approached by sea lions—especially juveniles, whose playful curiosity can seem almost puppylike. When they see a Zodiac nearing their beach, sea lions will sometimes rush into the water to...
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
No less than ten different subspecies of giant land tortoise are endemic to the Galápagos (meaning they’re found here and nowhere else). Up to five feet long and weighing more than 500 pounds, these primordial-looking, slow-moving creatures are...
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
While Charles Darwin didn’t much care for the marine iguanas of the Galápagos (he dismissively dubbed them “imps of darkness”), modern-day travelers may find them fascinating. Endemic to the Galápagos, they are the only iguanas on earth that feed...
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Bartolomé Island, Ecuador
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...