7 Reasons the Galápagos Islands Should Be on Your Bucket List
The first time I went to the Galápagos Islands, I was underwhelmed. It seemed a lot like Hawaii, only further away and a lot more expensive. Maybe it was because I took a cruise and we spent most of our time on the boat. Sure we had twice daily excursions. But, the process of getting ready for and traveling to and from our excursion location seemed to take almost as long as the actual excursions themselves.
Plus, it wasn’t so much fun to follow our guide like a group of eager school children, straining to hear his explanations and worrying about getting in trouble for wandering off.
The second time I went to the Galápagos Islands, I did an island hopping adventure that gave me a chance to really see why the islands are so special.
Here are seven reasons the Galápagos Islands should be on your bucket list and why I am glad they were on mine.
- Unique animals. The Galápagos Islands are home to animals you won’t find anywhere else in the world, such as the marine iguana and the flightless cormorant.
- Extreme closeness to nature. You are not allowed to approach the animals on the Galápagos Islands, but they sure are curious and will approach you. A penguin dove three feet from my nose while I was snorkeling. How cool is that?
- Endangered species. The Galápagos Islands are also home to some animals, birds, and plants that unfortunately may not be around for much longer. You don’t want to miss out on the Galápagos penguin, flightless cormorant, or San Cristobal mockingbird do you?
- A natural playground. The Galápagos Islands are a natural playground for the active traveler. You can swim, hike, kayak, dive, snorkel, and bike, all as you enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
- Unspoiled scenery. The Ecuadorian government has worked hard to protect this natural treasure. You’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning photo opportunities waiting to be captured. In fact, it is hard to take a bad picture in the Galápagos Islands.
- Birdwatcher’s paradise. Even as a non-bird watcher, I could appreciate the amazing variety of birds waiting to be watched. And some, such as the various species of Darwin’s finches and the Frigate bird, live only in the Galápagos Islands.
- Baby animals. I am a total sucker for baby animals. Show me a baby animal and I melt into a pile of mush. I was pretty mushy during my entire trip, especially when I got to snorkel near a “sea lion kindergarten.”
So, what are you waiting for? Check out our Galápagos Island Hopping Adventure!