Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Galápagos Islands to see the amazing and diverse wildlife that lives in the waters off their shores. There is no better way to get an appreciation for the diverse and amazing wildlife that call the Galápagos Island their home than to get in the water and interact with this wildlife. From the giant Whale sharks that flock to the outer islands in droves, to the amazingly large schools of hammerhead sharks, to the fun and playful Galápagos sea lions that can be found on and around the islands in abundance, there is no place quite like the Galápagos Islands for taking a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.
The Galápagos Islands are an amazing place that draws photographers from around the world each year to capture its amazing landscapes and wildlife. However, as beautiful as the Galápagos Islands are, they can also be fairly challenging to capture in photographs. The weather, rocking boats, and the remoteness of the islands are just some of the many challenges that photographers face when they travel to the Galápagos.
Because the Galápagos is such an important and fragile ecosystem, there are many protections in place to prevent the ecosystem from getting spoiled. This is a good thing, as it is very important for us to preserve this beautiful place. However, it does mean that more planning needs to go into preparing a trip to the Galápagos then other destinations you might decide to visit.
The Galápagos Islands is as unique of a destination as it is beautiful and with that uniqueness are some challenges when it comes to packing for your trip. Being an island chain without a large population, especially on some of the smaller islands, it can be quite difficult to find things if you forget to bring something. For that reason, you will want to make sure you are extra prepared when it comes to packing.
Today was our last day on Isabella Island, and we certainly made the most of the day. Today was the only day on this trip so far where we were allowed to sleep in a bit. Our tour guide was scheduled to pick us up from our hotel at 11:00am, so we had some time to relax first thing in the morning.
Today was our first full day in the Galapagos Islands, and it was sort of a mixed bag of good and not so good. Our plan for the day was to hike up to see the Sierra Negra volcano, which is still active, in the morning and then spend the afternoon snorkeling in Concha Perla.
We spent the afternoon exploring Puerto Ayora, which was very neat. They had some really cool shops to explore and some nice restaurants to eat at. We ate lunch at a little restaurant and then did some shopping and took some pictures. We got to see a lady cleaning some freshly caught fish and a sea lion waiting beside here ready to gobble up the scraps. That was really neat to see.
If you aren’t a regular follower of our blog, we would like to say welcome! Hopefully everyone is having a fantastic start to 2018. For those who haven’t read our post on our travel plans for 2018, we are in the early stages of planning a trip to Peru and Ecuador this year to visit Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. As promised, we are going to share with you some of our travel planning process with this trip.