Galapagos Islands

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There are as many ways to see the Galapagos as there are islands in the archipelago. If you’ve arranged a cruise, the most common option, many of the following activities will be pre-arranged. There are other options, however, especially if you prefer to stick to Santa Cruz and nearby islands. You can base yourself in Puerto Ayora and hire boats for day trips, bring your own snorkel/dive gear, or rent surfboards and kayaks from hotels and tour agencies.

Things to do in Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Station

Check out a tortoise breeding ground, conduct research, and learn about the islands’ history before seeing Lonesome George, a rare Giant Tortoise thought to be the last of his kind.

Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, 011-593-5-2526-146, www.darwinfoundation.org
Tags: things to do | history | wildlife | adventure

Deep blue sea

Schools of whale sharks and barracudas bursting through geothermic bubbles are why the Wolf and Darwin Islands, more than 100 miles from the main group, are considered some of the best dive sites on the globe.

Agressor, Wolf and Darwin Islands, Galapagos Islands, 800-348-2628, www.aggressor.com
Tags: things to do | wildlife | diving

Hiking

If you expected a boat to take you everywhere guess again – there are miles of well-marked hiking trails on many of the islands, most notably Prince Philip’s Steps on Genovesa. A favorite for birdwatchers, this trek begins at an 82-foot-long set of rocky stairs surrounded by masked- and red-booby nests.

Genovesa, Galapagos Islands,
Tags: hiking | things to do | wildlife | adventure

La Garrapata Restaurante

Dine on some of the best steaks and seafood in Puerto Ayora at La Garrapata Restaurante, an ocean side hotspot for meeting travel buddies and one of the only places to hear live music in the Galapagos.

Santa Cruz, Av. Charles Darwin, Galapagos Islands, 011-593-5-2526-264
Tags: seafood | things to do

Post Office Floreana

British whalers began the tradition of leaving post cards in this box for sailors returning home to deliver to loved ones. Tourists keep the tradition alive by personally delivering – and depositing – the mail in the wooden barrel used as the mailbox.

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos Islands,
Tags: family | things to do | history

Surfing

Dolphins, sea lions, and marine iguanas seemingly surf beside you on San Cristóbal’s gnarly 75-degree waves on southwest and northwest beaches like Lobería and Punta Carola; best attempted December through May.

Asociación de Surf de San Cristóbal, Cristóbal, Galapagos Islands, 011-593-5-2521-345
Tags: surfing | things to do | wildlife | adventure

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