Declared a Natural Heritage of Mankind site by UNESCO, the Galápagos islands are located 600 miles west of Ecuador's mainland. Made famous for Charles Darwin's research, the islands are home to over 400 species of fish and a host of bird species, including blue-footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, finches, and pelicans. A veritable living laboratory, most of the animal species here are not found anywhere else!

Things to do

  • Go island-hopping by boat and observe sea lions, turtles, and blue-footed boobies
  • Go SCUBA diving and observe the huge variety of aquatic life
  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Station on Isla Santa Cruz and view giant tortoises and land iguanas up close