5 Must-See Places in the Galapagos

 

While scouting our Galapagos photo tour this past summer, I had a chance to experience firsthand why these islands are so magical. I am sharing my favorite places on the islands here, so you can get a taste of all the Galapagos have to offer.

 

1. Punta Moreno on Isabela Island: Here, you can walk over an impressive lava flow and take in amazing views of Alcedo Volcano, Sierra Negra Volcano and Cerro Azul Volcano. There’s also a small lagoon where we sometimes see flamingos, who provide quite a contrast to the stark landscape.

 

2. Urbina Bay on Isabela Island: Nestled at the foot of Alcedo Volcano, the area was thrust upward from beneath the sea by volcanic activity in 1954. You can see remains of the uplifted ocean floor and plenty of coral. It’s also a great place to see tortoises, land iguanas, and possibly penguins along the shore.

 

3. Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island: On this westernmost island, you’ll find populations of thousands of marine iguanas and sea lions. It’s also one of the few places you can see a native cormorant colony, a group of birds who have lost the ability to fly. The Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, and the Galapagos penguin are also regulars in the area.

 

4. Puerto Egas on Santiago Island: You’ll find some of best tide pools  in the Galapagos and have a chance to see a variety of shore birds. It’s also home to a unique colony of fur sea lions that like to sleep and play in the grottos along the shoreline.

 

 

 5. North Seymour Island: This is the place to see plenty of bird colonies, mainly blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. It’s also ideal for spotting land iguanas.

 

If you have questions about or would like to book a spot on our Galapagos photo tour, please contact Travel Vision Journeys. Call 617-640-4837 or email lauren@travelvisionjourneys.com.

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