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Galapagos wildlife is mostly unique to the Islands

Capture the extraordinary Galapagos wildlife in your cameras and relish your visit to the islands! The Galapagos tortoise is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ species whose existence is almost a fantasy anywhere else on the planet.

Located approximately 1000 km west of the South American coast, the volcanic archipelago of islands is a nature’s paradise that abounds with the spectacular and unique Galapagos wildlife.Wildlife Galapagos

Travelers from various countries come to the place just to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary flora and fauna that have been dominating the land since time immemorial. There is an enigmatic history associated with the place. It is only after stepping on this very land that Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. The mixed bag of species on the islands formed the base for his theory.

Ranging from the breathtaking marine iguanas to the tiny finch, the land is gifted with various wild species. But above all, the king of all species is the giant Galapagos tortoise, which is the largest living species of tortoise. More than thousands of travelers visit these islands just to capture the exotic images of the king of turtles.

This South American archipelago is a must-visit if you love exploring wildlife. The best thing about these islands is that you can visit the place anytime in the year thanks to the lovely and pleasant weather. Also, getting there is quite easy. All you need to do is to travel to Ecuador, a country lying on the western coast of South America, and then board the flight from Guayaquil or Quito Airport (Quito is the capital of Ecuador and Guayaquil is the largest city in the country) and land on to the mystique islands. However, if you want to unfold new horizons in traveling amid the sea, take a small ship cruise around the islands trailing adventurously across the Pacific Ocean.

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Galapagos CormorantBring along a pair of binoculars to observe the flora and fauna on your Galapagos tourssnorkeling equipment to dive underwater, and a quality camera to capture the king of turtles basking in the inland areas lying deep within the island. The best places to get a glimpse of the tortoise are Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado on the island of San Cristobal, the highlands of Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands are not to be ruled out. Do visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz and tortoise breeding centers, where you will find several Galapagos tortoise species.

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What astounds the travelers is the uniqueness observed in a number of turtle species. Found in different shapes and sizes, these wild reptiles are relatively larger than their common siblings. Those living in humid islands have domed shells and short necks, while the ones in dry regions are smaller and have saddleback shells and long necks. Wildlife buffs will be amazed to notice the sheer difference between these two species, and they can very well relate to Darwin.
Decide on one of our Galapagos cruises or tours and capture the extraordinary Galapagos wildlife in your cameras and relish your visit to the islands! These tortoises are ‘one-of-a-kind’ species whose existence is almost a fantasy anywhere else on the planet.

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