Where else in the world can you frolic with sea lions, creep up on hulking giant tortoises and witness the salty snort of a marine iguana?
As the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, scientific history was made on the Galápagos Islands. Today these protected islands are a haven for wildlife and a utopia for nature-lovers. Because humans have rarely posed a threat to the animals of the Galápagos Islands, they have virtually no fear and are delightfully nonchalant about the presence of boats and swimmers. For this reason, the islands are some of the only places in the world where you can get this close to wild animals.
However, animal encounters are not the only memories you’ll take home with you. The Galápagos Islands have a history to uncover and a stark volcanic landscape ringed with ice-white sand and lapped by chilly, brilliant blue water. Here are just some of the experiences you’ll never forget from a trip to the Galápagos Islands: