Not only are the Galapagos Islands one of the most desired places to visit, but perhaps one of the most important. Known for it’s endemic species, the Galapagos Islands are truly a unique set of islands that are a must see.
Here are a few other reasons why you should visit the Galapagos Islands, and soon!
Experience the wildlife. Not only is the Galapagos Islands home to some of the most unique animal species, but these animals do not exist anywhere else in the world. Not only are these animal’s evolutionary abilities to adapt to their environment made them so intriguing, but perhaps one of the most amazing things about these animals is their lack of fear when it comes to humans. While hiking along these islands, the animals will not run off, allowing you to fully examine their habitat and behaviors. No matter if you come across a giant tortoise or a Blue-Footed Boobie, you will get to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have up close and personal sightings of these truly unique animals in their natural habitats.
Experience the rich underwater world. Not only is there so much to experience on land when visiting the Galapagos Islands, but under water lies a whole other wonder. One of the strangest things you’ll find is the variety of cold-water species that live here. Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and white tipped sharks are just a few examples of the some of the unique underwater creatures you’ll find. As like the encounters you have on land, these underwater animals will not be deterred by you, often approaching and playing with you as you are snorkeling through the waters.
Visit it before you can’t. Over the past 20 years, the Galapagos Islands visitors have increased from 20,000 visitors per year, to over 100,000 visitors per year. With more tourists visiting now more than ever, the effects on the archipelago can be anything but good. Even though tourism brings revenue for the research facilities and the continued preservation of the island chain, tourists bring things like pollution and damaging numbers of visitors to it.
By ensuring that you are using an adventure program that keeps sustainability and environmental importance in mind, you can rest assured that you are allowing for minimal impact to the habitats of the Galapagos Islands.
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