Let’s be honest, 90% of going to the Galapagos is to say, “Yes, that’s right, I’m traveling to the Galapagos.” It’s the travel equivalent of being a fan of Mad Men: It’s basically code telling the world that you’re “in the know,” that you have discernible tastes, and that you consider yourself outside of the pack. Though, it may also mean that you simply have an inordinate infatuation with gaseous sea lions, in which case the Galapagos is the place for you, as this recent Sydney Morning Herald article explains. But there’s more to see than just the giant sea creatures.
On the island of San Cristobal, sea lions easily outnumber inhabitants, and when you’re done ogling over them as they lay about in the sun, you can head out off the rocky shores for some unforgettable snorkeling. In Floreana, travelers can seek out “Lonesome George,” the lone remaining tortoise on the island, then sail over to Isabela where white sand beaches are home to both iguanas and orange crabs — just like the travel brochure showed!
But let’s be honest, despite all that you see and experience — including the threat of a tsunami like the author encountered — the real treat is ticking that box off your bucket list; next stop: Antarctica.
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