God's gift to the world. Although highly threatened in areas, this is one of the most pristine land-sea wilderness areas left on the planet - particularly in the tropics. Dozens of endemic species, wildlife as tame as house pets, and beaches appropriate for any island paradise make the...more
One of the best (and most memorable) snorkeling spots in the Galapagos. Some of the best areas to explore are actually in the center of the crown, where you're protected and surrounded by jagged lava rock on every side. Lazy blacktip sharks and tropical fish abound. Try to swim through the...more
One of the coolest geologic features of the Galapagos. If you're not in or on the water, be sure to get up into the Santa Cruz highlands and explore these caves. It's little eerie to think about them filled with molten lava, but the remains are spectacular!...more
Fantastic research station that also doubles as the essential visitor's center for the Galapagos Islands. Sadly, the place is often a source of conflict between the National Park and local fishermen. But it is a must see - all the species you might miss elsewhere are right here to observe and...more
Probably the most iconic landmark in the Galapagos Islands. This place is fantastically beautiful and even more fantastically interesting. There is a bizarre history of military occupation around the pinnacle and best of all, the penguins live here!
Some of the most beautiful highlands in the Galapagos. It's hard to believe you're on a remote island archipelago while surrounded b mist-covered forest, soaring hawks and owls, and the occasional giant turtle!
Pinnacle Rock is amazing and everything, but what I really love about this place are the penguins. This is the best spot in the Archipelago to the see Galapagos penguins! Otherworldly beautiful and an iconic landscape worldwide. I love it.