The Galapagos Islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and serve as an inspirational holiday destination for adventurous and nature-loving couples. The grouping of around 19 islands lies in the Pacific Ocean, with land occupying either side of the equator.
Few places on earth have as much to offer regarding untouched natural beauty and rare and unique wildlife.
What to do in the Galapagos Islands
Wildlife watching in the Galapagos Islands is a bucket list experience for many, and a precious few humans will ever get to do it. The islands are home to a great many weird and wonderful creatures, many of which it is just impossible to see elsewhere.
Galapagos tortoises, penguins and blue-footed boobies are just the beginning. You might just see an albatross overhead. Observe marine iguanas in their natural habitat and watch bottlenose dolphins leap from the sea into the air. As with any wildlife watching, it’s hard to predict exactly what you’ll see, but you certainly won’t forget it anytime soon.
Diving and snorkeling
Join a liveaboard tour of other passionate diver couples, or snorkel from a land base on one of the islands. Diving around Wolf Island and Darwin Island, you’re likely to encounter some remarkable marine life, including hammerhead sharks and eagle rays. Snorkel from Isla Lobos and expect to find yourself swimming alongside sea turtles and sea lions.
A hike on one of the Galapagos Islands is something that you and your loved one will never forget, though get ready for a trek. Dried lava beds and active volcanoes make for a timeless hiking experience, with Isabella island boasting no less than six volcanoes.
Where to stay in the Galapagos Islands
The island of Santa Cruz is something of a hub for travelers to the Galapagos Islands, and most journeys start and end there. Unsurprisingly, then, the island is well equipped to receive guests. Check out the Finch Bay Echo Hotel if Santa Cruz is your base. There are a number of other hotels dotted around the islands, some more conveniently located than others. To avoid any headaches, it’s advisable to let a specialist tour operator handle accommodation for you.
How to get to the Galapagos Islands
First, you and your partner will need to make your way to continental Ecuador. The capital city is Quito, though Guayaquil is located closer to the Galapagos Islands so it may be preferable to fly here. From here, you can make your way via ferry or domestic flight towards the islands, with the island of Santa Cruz the de facto focus point for tourists and travelers. Tour operators may be able to assist you in planning your transportation, but be prepared to pay extra for the privilege. The additional fees are worth the peace of mind, however, so seriously consider it.