Cruising the Galapagos: 5 Sites You Cannot Miss

Cruising the Galapagos Islands is what most people think to be a once in a lifetime trip. It is something you typically dream about but can never truly imagine yourself doing. What happens when you discover that perfect cruise, and you finally find yourself pressing that “book” button?

 The Galapagos Islands have about a million and one sights to see and experiences to embark on. The truth is, you could probably cruise around these islands for months without being able to see everything the Galapagos offer. However, even if you can’t see everything these beautiful Islands have to offer, here are at least five things that you absolutely cannot miss.

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is one of the most famous beaches in the Galapagos partly because of its pristine white sand but also because it is one of the best places to so see some of the wildlife on the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and experiencing the incredible marine life. If seeing iguanas, sea lions, white tip reef shark, or reef fish, is on your list, then this is the place for you! To make it even sweeter, the only way to get to the beach is by hiking a stone path where you can spot flamingos, finches, and yes, even the famous blue-footed booby!

El Chato Tortoise Reserve

You can’t go to the Galapagos without seeing the infamous giant tortoise! El Chato Tortoise Reserve is a great place to come face-to-face with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Tortoises aren’t the only thing creatures you will find on this reserve, El Chato is also a great place to spot Darwin’s Finches, and short-eared owls. While exploring the reserve you might even find yourself in one of the tunnels made from hardened lava. If you are looking for a cool Instagram photo, the $3 admission to this reserve includes the chance to climb into an empty tortoiseshell. Located on the beautiful Santa Cruz Island, this reserve is an absolute can’t miss.

Puerto Villamil

Puerto Villamil is a quiet town on Isabela Island that is perfect for exploring. On Puerto Villamil, you can find the perfect white sand beaches, pink flamingos, and some amazing snorkeling spots filled with the most colorful reef fish. If you want to be a little more adventurous, the town is a convenient spot to start your hike of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Sierra Negra offers stunning views as it stands tall over Isabella Island and it brings a bit of excitement as it is still an active volcano. Once you’re done standing tall over the island, head back down to the sea and take a dive through one of the many tunnels you can find on Puerto Villamil or the world-famous Concha de Perla’s.

Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill)

Located on San Cristobal Island you will find Cerro Brujo, a hill made from eroded lava that makes for the most stunning pictures and allows for some amazing views. From the top of Cerro Brujo, you can look out to see the Leon Dormido, the south of San Cristobal, and the coastline. Cerro Brujo is also neighbored by a gorgeous white sand beach where many times you can catch a glimpse of the sea-lions and blue-footed boobies that call San Cristobal Island home.

Lava Tunnels – Santa Cruz Island

Lava Tunnels can be found all throughout Santa Cruz Island. Many of the tunnels can be explored without a tour guide, meaning you can have a full day of exploring entirely free – however, as we all know, having an expert to guide you certainly helps! These tunnels are full of vegetation and small birds such as finches and flycatchers, the cool air makes them easy to explore. The tunnels range in size, some tunnels are even large enough that you wouldn’t need a flashlight. These are also perfect for someone who is a little hesitant to crawl into small spaces or hasn’t experienced a tunnel before.

No matter what you end up doing and experiencing in the Galapagos, it is sure to become one of the best trips you will ever take. From experiencing the wildlife to climbing volcanos, and finally to meeting the wonderful people, the Galapagos has so much to offer!

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