All About the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Tortoise.
Galapagos Tortoise. Photo by Deb Dowd on Unsplash

The Galapagos is a group of volcanic islands 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador. Most known for being the location of Charles Darwin’s scientific research in the 1800s, the islands are still home to thousands of species. The islands and all of the species that inhabit them are protected by the Ecuadorian government, and after years of this protection, most of the animals no longer fear humans. While it’s best not to touch them, you can certainly spend hours just witnessing the animals in their natural habitats. It’s just one of many things we love about the Galapagos Islands. Here are some of the things we think are worth a trip:

Kicker Rock a.k.a. Sleeping Lion

This rock is actually one of the many islands in the Galapagos and is named for the way it resembles a sleeping lion. It’s considered one of the best places to go diving and perfect for seeing wildlife.


Grab your wetsuit and head out with any of the local snorkeling companies for a fun day of diving. The water is inhabited by turtles, dolphins, reef sharks, and more that you can see up close and personal.

Take a Boat Tour Around the Islands

For those who don’t love swimming but still want to see all there is to see in the Galapagos, boat tours are available. You can take day trips to single islands or stretch your trip out into a week-long cruise. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of jumping dolphins from your boat.