Why You Need to Visit the Galapagos Islands: In Photos

As a recovering scientist (more on that here), I’ve always been fascinated by the Galapagos Islands.

We haven’t visited the Galapagos yet, but I’m looking forward to a day when I get to take our two little ones and chat with them about Darwin’s famous finches.

I’ve spent so much time scouring through photos and blogs in preparation, in fact, that I thought I’d share some of these with you.

I’m happy to note that most of these fantastic photos were taken by fellow travel bloggers. You can find even more of their great photos here on our Galapagos Dreaming Pinterest board.

Adam Off The Radar"> Sealion at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Sealion at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Adam Off The Radar"> Blue Footed Booby Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Blue Footed Booby Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Finding The Universe"> Kicker rock on San Cristobal courtesy of Finding The Universe

Kicker rock on San Cristobal courtesy of Finding The Universe

Green Global Travel"> Marine Iguanas on Land Photo Courtesy Green Global Travel

Marine Iguanas on Land Photo Courtesy Green Global Travel

Alaska to Brazil by Truck"> Penguin on the Surface Photo courtesy From A to B

Penguin on the Surface. Photo courtesy of Alaska to Brazil by Truck

Adam Off The Radar"> Underwater at Concha del la Perla Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Underwater at Concha del la Perla Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Adam Off The Radar"> Turtle at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Turtle at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

ThePlanetD"> Baby turtleBaby turtle Photo courtesy of theplanetD

Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Peter Wilton Flickr"> Frigatebirds by Peter Wilton Flickr

Frigatebirds by Peter Wilton Flickr

lowjumpingfrog Flickr"> Eagle ray by lowjumpingfrog Flickr

Eagle ray by lowjumpingfrog Flickr

Adam Off The Radar"> Tortuga Bay Santa Cruz Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Tortuga Bay Santa Cruz Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

dagpeak Flickr"> Sea Lion Pup by dagpeak Flickr

Sea lion pup by dagpeak Flickr

A.Davey Flickr"> Sally Lightfoot Crab by A.Davey  Flickr

Sally Lightfoot Crab by A.Davey Flickr

Dallas Krentzel Flickr"> Marine Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus on Santa Cruz Galapagos Islands by Dallas Krentzel Flickr

Marine Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus on Santa Cruz Galapagos Islands by Dallas Krentzel Flickr

A. Davey Flickr"> Lonesome George by A Davey Flickr

Lonesome George by A. Davey Flickr

SaraYeomans Flickr"> Iguana by SaraYeomans Flickr

Iguana by SaraYeomans Flickr

H.A.S PhotoDesignsHeart+Soul Flickr"> Galapagos Tortoise Geochelone nigra by H.A.S PhotoDesignsHeart+Soul Flickr

Galapagos Tortoise Geochelone Nigra by H.A.S PhotoDesignsHeart+Soul Flickr

ThePlanetD"> Red Landscape in the Galapagos Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Traveling Canucks"> Colorful Crab courtesy Traveling Canucks

Colorful Crab courtesy Traveling Canucks

Ever in Transit"> Ever in Transit Reef Octopus

Reef Octopus. Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Ever in Transit"> Ever in Transit Galapagos Landscape

Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Ever in Transit"> Ever in Transit Galapagos Beach

Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Ever in Transit."> Ever in Transit Galapagos Opuntia Cactus Adapted To Grow Tall So Tortoises Can’t Eat The Leaves

Opuntia Cactus – adapted to grow leaves high on the plant so tortoises can’t reach the leaves. Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit.

Ever in Transit"> Ever in Transit Galapagos Yellow Cordia Glue Bush Cordia Lutea

Yellow Cordia Glue Bush Cordia Lutea. Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Green Global Travel"> Darwin's finch by Green Global Travel

Darwin’s finch. Photo courtesy of Green Global Travel

Brian Gratwicke on Flickr"> Mating Green Sea Turtles by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr

Mating Green Sea Turtles by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr

From Alaska to Brazil by Truck"> Little penguin underwater Photo courtesy From A to B

Little penguin underwater Photo courtesy From Alaska to Brazil by Truck

Michael R Perry on Flickr"> Galapagos Islands by Michael R Perry on Flickr

Galapagos Islands by Michael R Perry on Flickr

NOAA Ocean Explorer on Flickr"> NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Galapagos Rift Exploration 2011 by NOAA Ocean Explorer on Flickr

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Galapagos Rift Exploration 2011 by NOAA Ocean Explorer on Flickr

NOAA Ocean Explorer Flickr"> NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Galapagos Rift Exploration 2011 EX1103 Leg2 by NOAA Ocean Explorer Flickr

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Galapagos Rift Exploration by NOAA Ocean Explorer Flickr

About The Author

I grew up in a tiny Canadian prairie town and traveling has come to be my passion and joy in life. I love adventure and meeting the completely unexpected and sometimes strange collection of people I run into on the road. I'm always up for a new adventure, on the road or not. I've worked as a baker, bookkeeper, journalist, student, aspiring neuroscientist, technical writer, and now blogger and internet entrepreneur.

34 Responses

  1. Christine

    Oh my gosh, all of those creatures are incredible looking! I just returned from a recent trip to Australia and it was so cool seeing the beautiful birds/creatures that are normal everyday sights for Australians. Will have to add The Galapagos to my list :) Just came across your blog via Twitter, while looking for travel bloggers & love your site! As a bucket list blogger, will definitely be following your blog from now on.
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    • Micki Kosman

      Thanks Christine for the kind words.

      Before we went to Australia, I read a lot about the wildlife there, and it seemed that almost everything was poisonous. For the first week, I wouldn’t even take off my sandals to walk around barefoot in my room for fear of stepping on a poisonous spider :). By the end of our five months there, we were wandering around forests in the dark, with now worries at all.
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    • Micki Kosman

      Hi Sherry,

      The’re such gorgeous photos aren’t they? Almost all of them were taken by fellow travel bloggers – I’m always impressed how talented they are.

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    • Micki Kosman

      Sheralyn, yes, it’s been on our list for a while now as well. We’r based out of Canada, and it’s honestly the cost of airfare down to Ecuador (for four of us, too!) that’s kept us from going. I think we’ll need to start getting really creative and find a cheap airfare, or bus it part of the way…

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  2. Daisirie

    Wow, very nice. Those photos are awesome. I wish I could go to Galapagos these year! I’d like to see those in the picture for real and feel the place. Thanks for sharing to us it really inspires.

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  3. Adam Evans

    Thanks again for featuring some of my pics! It’s a great collection.. I like the one of Venus setting and the one of the amorous turtles!

    Will hopefully get to back there next year. The flights are pretty pricey from the UK but I’d say it’s worth it for such a special place.
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    • Charles Kosman

      Les, you can fly right and stay at a handful of hotels and places on a couple of the islands like San Cristobal and Santa Cruz all on your own. It’s not very different than flying and staying anywhere except the Galapagos are more remote (and therefore expensive) to get and stay at. The group of islands are about 1000km west of South America so most people plan their entire trip in one go to make sure they see what they want to see.

      There are some quirks in regards to the wildlife like you’re only allowed in the national park (which is pretty much everywhere) with a certified guide however you can camp in a handful of places as long as you have the proper permits.

      Most people fly in as part of a package however you could fly in on your own (you need to have a return ticket), rent a room and then choose from the dozens of boats, cruises and tours to see the best sites. Though the Galapagos aren’t cheap to get to, there are budget options once you get there.

      Take a quick peek at it’s travel wiki to get some ideas. We’re just waiting until we’re somewhere in the relative vicinity before we make the plunge to check it all out. The place is definitely on our to do list.

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  4. Jenn

    Great pictures and brings back my memories of our trip last year! As a fellow world traveler and scientist, the Galapagos was the best trip I’ve ever been on and can highly recommend. FYI the yellow bird is not a Darwin Finch, but a yellow warbler. happy trip planning!

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    • Micki Kosman

      Lucia, it’s so funny the things that make us uncomfortable, isn’t it? Snakes and spiders are really common, but I can understand why you wouldn’t like iguanas.

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