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.

Sealion at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Sealion at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Blue Footed Booby Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Blue Footed Booby Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Kicker rock on San Cristobal courtesy of Finding The Universe

Kicker rock on San Cristobal courtesy of Finding The Universe

Finding The Universe venus setting across Floreana Galapagos

Venus setting across Floreana. Courtesy of Finding the Universe

Marine Iguanas on Land Photo Courtesy Green Global Travel

Marine Iguanas on Land Photo Courtesy Green Global Travel

Penguin on the Surface Photo courtesy From A to B

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

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

Turtle at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Turtle at San Cristobal Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Baby turtleBaby turtle Photo courtesy of theplanetD

Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Frigatebirds by Peter Wilton Flickr

Frigatebirds by Peter Wilton Flickr

Eagle ray by lowjumpingfrog Flickr

Eagle ray by lowjumpingfrog Flickr

Tortuga Bay Santa Cruz Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Tortuga Bay Santa Cruz Photo courtesy of Adam Off The Radar

Sea Lion Pup by dagpeak Flickr

Sea lion pup by dagpeak Flickr

Sally Lightfoot Crab by A.Davey Flickr

Sally Lightfoot Crab by A.Davey 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

Lonesome George by A Davey Flickr

Lonesome George by A. Davey Flickr

Iguana by SaraYeomans Flickr

Iguana by SaraYeomans Flickr

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

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

Red Landscape in the Galapagos Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Photo courtesy of ThePlanetD

Colorful Crab courtesy Traveling Canucks

Colorful Crab courtesy Traveling Canucks

Little Seal by the Traveling Canucks

Little Seal by the Traveling Canucks

Ever in Transit Reef Octopus

Reef Octopus. Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Ever in Transit Galapagos Landscape

Photo courtesy of Ever in Transit

Ever in Transit Galapagos Beach

Photo courtesy of 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 Galapagos Yellow Cordia Glue Bush Cordia Lutea

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

Darwin's finch by Green Global Travel

Darwin’s finch. Photo courtesy of Green Global Travel

Mating Green Sea Turtles by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr

Mating Green Sea Turtles by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr

Little penguin underwater Photo courtesy From A to B

Little penguin underwater Photo courtesy From Alaska to Brazil by Truck

Galapagos Islands by Michael R Perry on Flickr

Galapagos Islands by Michael R Perry 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 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

Why You Need to Visit the Galapagos Islands: Beautiful photos to inspire you to visit

35 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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  2. Sherry

    I have always wanted to go. And I don’t know why it has always eluded me. It’s probably the best place to photograph wildlife. So jealous. And great captures.

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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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  3. Kenin Bassart

    What a great collection of photos. The Galapagos are quite high on our list and pics like these make me want to get on a place right now!

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    • Micki Kosman

      Paige, we’re in the same boat. We just got our first DSLR (yay!!!) and we’re really looking forward to taking some outdoor photos here in British Columbia in the summer.

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  4. Elena

    I am not even sure that I have the appropriate words to describe these photos. Truly stunning. Definitely makes me push the Galapagos higher on my list of must see places.

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  5. Sheralyn

    Wow, those photos are incredible! A friend of mine has been to Galapagos and she loved it. I hear it can be expensive to get there, but that it’s well worth the money.

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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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. JB (swedenroadtrip.com)

    Amazing photos! Hope you’ll get there soon (hope I can go there myself as well at some point). I love that it’s so remote (at least from Europe) but unfortunately it makes it quite expensive to get there..

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  9. The GypsyNesters

    When ever we get the inevitable question “where’s your favorite place you’ve been to?” we answer The Galapagos Islands. They are truly incredible. Enjoy your journey.

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  10. Les @ The Indie Traveller

    Hiya!
    Question: how do you go to the islands? Surely as part of an organised tour right? You can’t just go there and take photos wherever you want right? I thought the entire islands are a nature reserve. It would be nice to spend some time camping there though…sigh.
    And yes, pictures are awesome 🙂

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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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  11. Ross

    Excellent photos. They bring back so many memories. The pictures in my head are like those but not the pictures on my camera!

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  12. 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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  13. Anastasia Sofia | Gallivant Girl

    Ah I’m heading to Ecuador soon, and I’m desperate to make it to the Galapagos but I’m just not sure it will make it into the budget this time. These photos are fabulous, I’m absolutely dying to make it there, hopefully soon!

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  14. Lucia

    I really really wanna go to the Galapagos (just look at those animals!!!) but I am weirdly terrified of iguanas, and the ones from the Galapagos haunt my dreams…Even the pictures here made me shiver from head to toe. Guess it’s a fear I’ll have to face someday!

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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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  15. Phillip

    I’m planning on going to Ecuador within the next month on my way to Columbia. I’m definitely going to have to visit the Galapagos Islands on my way through, these photos really do paint a beautiful picture!

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