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Postcards from the Galapagos Islands

Fur seal in the Galapagos Islands

Every stop in the Galapagos Islands is different than the last. On Fernandina Island, iguanas rule the roost, piled atop each other in the sun and moving for no man, no matter how close you get. Genovesa Island is the home of the brilliant blue-footed boobies and the frigate birds whose inflated pouches precede them. Other islands are covered in ancient lava flows and dotted with cacti—the only plants that can survive the rough conditions outside the rainy season—or are ringed with gritty beaches where the sea lions relax. And that’s just what’s on the land. The sea is a whole different menagerie.

The variety of things to experience, animals to mesmerize us, and new landscapes to explore made us drink in every moment of our week visiting the Galapagos Islands, and these photos will show you why.

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Santiago Island in the GalapagosThe landscapes have been carved over millennia.

 

Sally lightfoot crabs on Santa Cruz Island in the GalapagosCreatures like the sally lightfoot crabs dominate people’s attention…

 

Baby blue-footed booby | Galapagos photosuntil a baby blue-footed booby comes along.

See: The 14 Most Unique Galapagos Animals

Landscape of the Galapagos Islands “Survival of the fittest” becomes abundantly clear

 

Whale bones on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador | Galapagos photosin a place where the land shows traces of everything that came before.

 

Seal in the Galapagos IslandsSome new friends want to swim with you.

 

Frigate bird on Genovesa Island in the GalapagosBut others just want to show off.

 

Off the coast of Isabela Island in the GalapagosThe sea and the sky meet in one of the most amazing places on earth.

Read: Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

Sunset in the Galapagos IslandsIn the Galapagos, the sunsets seem a little more peaceful.

 

Flamingo in the Galapagos IslandsWhether you’re above ground or under the water,

 

Sea turtle in the Galapagos Islandsthe animals are equally spectacular.

See: What to Pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos

Remains of a World War II barge on Santa Cruz Island in the GalapagosEvidence of human destruction is limited to a few islands.

 

Tortoise breeding center in the Galapagos IslandsBut humans help to preserve the animals’ future, too.

 

Seal at Punta Vicente Roca in the Galapagos IslandsEither way, it’s clear that we’re just guests here.

 

Volcano in the Galapagos IslandsWe get to experience the volcanoes.

 

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the GalapagosWe get to explore the oceans.

Read: How to Select a Galapagos Cruise Boat

Red-footed booby on Genovesa Island in the GalapagosWe get to hang out with the red-footed boobies.

 

Marine iguanas in the Galapagos IslandsEveryone loves the sun.

 

Ship in the Galapagos IslandsEverything is majestic.

 

Dinghy and cliffs in the Galapagos Islands at Punta Vicente RocaAnd nature dwarfs people at every turn.

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