For anyone with even a passing interest in the natural world, the Galapagos Islands hold an allure that is hard to match. This is a fact that has recently been publicly acknowledged by readers of USA TODAY’s 10 Best awards, in conjunction with experts from the travel agent community.
Also, were voted the world’s best wildlife experience, narrowly beating the second place destination, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. Also finishing in the prestigious top ten were the Pantanal in Brazil and Katmai National Park in Alaska.
The final top ten looked like this:
1. Galapagos Islands
2. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peruvian Amazon
3. Costa Rica
4. The Pantanal, Brazil
5. Katmai National Park, Alaska
6. Okavango Delta, Botswana
7. Churchill, Manitoba
8. Yellowstone National Park, USA
9. Serengeti/Maasai Mara, Tanzania & Kenya
10. Ranthambore National Park, India
It will come as no surprise to anyone who has experienced Galapagos tours that it has once again been named as the world’s best wildlife destination. These enchanted islands off the coast of Ecuador, which famously inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are home to some of the world’s most unique endemic wildlife. There is marine life, flora, and fauna here that are not found anywhere else on earth. Animals like the marine iguana, the blue-footed booby, and the many different tortoise species inspire and enthrall.
Access to the islands is somewhat restricted, due to the need to protect this incredible environment from human interference. So, the best way to see the stunning wildlife is on a land based Galapagos tours. With packages available to suit all budgets, from inexpensive cruises to luxury yachts, however, you want to experience the islands – the choice is yours.
Traveling by boat at night, you can cover the large distances between the islands in the archipelago without missing out on any of the incredible wildlife. From seal colonies and finches of Fernandina to the individual turtle species found on many of the islands and whale sharks of Buddy Wolf and Darwin – the experiences found on Galapagos tours are unmatched, as the results of this latest poll seem to confirm.
The incredible islands’ isolated spot 600 miles into the Pacific Ocean has meant they have been allowed to develop in a completely different way to the other main landmasses. To experience this for yourself is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Check out the award-winning Galapagos tours now to find out what all the fuss is about.
1. Galapagos Itinerary: Enchanted Luxury East and West Galapagos Islands Cruise
2. Galapagos Tour: Stunning Galapagos Tour
3. The Andes Cotopaxi Ride and Climb
4. Peru Tour: Family Adventure Tour
5. Ecuador Tour: Otavalo Market