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Galapagos Wildlife

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are pretty mystical. In total there are 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. They're famed for their abundant wildlife with species you won't see anywhere else in the wild. For most visitors to the Galapagos wildlife is the reason for making the journey. Here's a few snapshots of what you're likely to see... Galapagos Penguin Giant Tortoise Iguanas - Marine and Land ...
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Galapagos Islands on a Budget

If you know one thing about the Galapagos (aside from the fact there's a tonne of cool animals) it's probably that it's really, really expensive. Well, what if I told you it didn't have to cost you an arm, a leg, three fingers and a toe? Galapagos Island cruises cost upwards of £2000, but more realistically £3000/$4980 (and that's for a "cheap" one), which meant when I thought about going to the Galapagos as part of ...
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Cycling Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

Our final day in the Galapagos Islands was an active one. We hired bikes for $15 for the day complete with helmets and a tool kit (I'm still impressed with being given a tool kit!). Our destination was El Garrapatero beach on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz, 21km away. There were some steep hills in the mix too; a bit harsh for someone who hasn't really done any exercise in three months!   On the ...
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Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz island is one of the biggest islands in the Galapagos. It's also where you'll find Peurto Ayora, the main base for tourists. We spent 8 nights in the Galapgos and got to know Peurto Ayora and Santa Cruz pretty well. There are many companies offering tours of Santa Cruz but these, like everything else in the Galapagos, don't come cheap ($50-$90 a day each). Instead we toured Santa Cruz ourselves for $18 ...
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Bay Tour, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

One of the organised trips we did take on the Galapagos was a half-day Santa Cruz bay tour, in a glass bottomed boat. The first spot we headed to was an island about 15 minutes away where we saw a few sea lions and opened up the glass bottom to spot some fish. We then headed off to a bay near "shark tunnel" where the braver amongst us embraced the chilly water and did a ...
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Isabela Island, Galapagos

If you only visit one other island during a stay on Santa Cruz, it'd make it Isabela. Regardless of the two hour speed boat journey ($30 each way), which left everyone looking a bit green, the arrival at the port was perhaps where we saw the most wildlife while in the Galapagos. When we pulled up we saw penguins, pelicans, sea lions and various other birds; of which I do not know the names. We spent ...
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