DAILY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Galapagos Islands
Over 600 miles away from the South American mainland, the Galapagos Islands are a remote archipelago that is famous for its unique flora and fauna. Most of the islands are within a highly protected National Park, meaning access is strictly controlled in order to preserve the natural habitat.
One of the best ways to get to grips with the wildlife on the islands is to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you can see Giant Tortoises, Darwin’s Finches and various species of iguana, along with lots of information about conservation efforts on the islands. Next head to El Chato Tortoise Reserve to see tortoises in the wild; these enormous creatures are truly impressive to see close up. You’ll need a guide to visit the reserve so they’ll also help you identify birds, lizards and plantlife you encounter.
Another way to see some unique wildlife is in the sea. Catch a boat to Los Túneles for snorkelling and swimming. These weird rock formations were formed from lava and are now home to sharks, rays, sea lions and seahorses amongst others. If that seems like too much hard work, relax on the white sands of Tortuga Bay.
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