Galapagos Marine Iguanas are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, having the ability to sustain themselves on land and in the sea. The reptile is found in many places in the archipelago; with colonies at the end of Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz, Fernandina and Isabela Islands. Keep reading for interesting facts about the creatures that Darwin described as “Imps of Darkness.”
Every destination has traditions that make the experience one that takes us out of the ordinary and into the culture and history of faraway places.
In the Galapagos, one of these is crossing the equator at sea during a cruise. Keep reading for more about this coming-of-age event that dates back to the times of whalers and pirates.
Island-hopping in the Galapagos Islands gives you more flexibility to choose activities, schedule free time to explore independently, and discover the hidden gems that make the islands an incredible place to visit.
We can create custom programs that offer the best of the land and sea. Keep reading for some of the options for an epic journey and the activities that you can do while in the archipelago.
One fun activity that travellers who visit the Galapagos can do is swim or snorkel with penguins. The Galapagos penguin is one of the smallest in the world, and the only of its species found north of the equator.
Keep Reading for some fun facts about penguins in the Galapagos, and some of the places where you can find them while in the islands.
During the centuries when the Spanish Empire extended deep into South America, the Galapagos Islands were a safe haven and hideout for pirates and buccaneers.
The location was close enough to the shipping routes used by merchant and government ships laden with riches and headed home to Spain that it made a good launching pad for attacks. It was also far enough away from the mainland for a clean get away.
Sites including Tagus Bay on Isabela and caves found on Floreana Island were safe refuge and storage for plunder. Local folklore says that some of the ill-gotten gains of the first people to visit the islands is still hidden in stashes around the islands.
Keep reading to discover the fascinating history of the Galapagos and a few of the notable pirates that visited the islands.