Famous for its contribution to Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”, the Galapagos Islands remain a haven for numerous plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Each one of the eighteen main islands that make up the bulk of the Galapagos possess its own share of beauty and unforgettable experiences, perfect for photography lovers like the members in our travel club!
Below are three of our favorite Galapagos Islands:
Santa Cruz: As the most populated member of the eighteen main islands, Santa Cruz serves as a hub for tourism throughout the Galapagos. It has bore the brunt of human encroachment, but remains home to some of their most iconic attractions. Travelers can camp on the beaches and heading up into the interior leads to forested highlands and collapsed lava tubes for excellent travel photography.
Espanola is the southernmost island, centered around the caldera of an extinct shield volcano. Today, its main appeal is that it is one of the most isolated islands in the Galapagos. Thus it is also home to some of their rarest species. Giant tortoises are perhaps the most famous residents, but visitors out on the beaches and trails can also expect to see sea lions, marine iguanas, and waved albatrosses.
Rabida is a small island with steep slopes. Heading inland is great for sighting & photographing rare birds and snakes, while swimming in the north means you’ll be in the company of sea lions, sea turtles, and even penguins. The island is also famous for the distinctive red colors along its landscape.
This is merely a tiny taste of the many islands, flora, & fauna the Galapagos has to offer. It’s been on our travel club’s list for years and we hope to get a group trip together real soon. Stay tuned…