Soft waves lap on a light sand beach with rocks jutting out of the water at a distance.

The Five Best Beaches in the Galápagos

Most travelers don’t come to the Galápagos to lie on beaches but rather to watch animals lying on beaches. However, many of the visitor sites are located around beautiful sandy stretches, and you may welcome the chance to sun yourself like a lazy iguana after a hard day of watching wildlife.

A sea lion on the rocky shore raises its head into the late afternoon sun.

The Wonder of the Galápagos Islands

A visit to the Galápagos Islands changes you, as it changed Charles Darwin. You will return from these islands filled with a sense of wonder, and a clearer view of nature’s fragile beauty. The Galápagos is a glimpse of what life was like before humans threw their weight around, and a reminder that when we seek out perfection, we throw a wrench in nature’s works.

A sea lion with its head and neck raised on the beach.

Observing Galápagos Wildlife and Protecting South American Jungle

The Galápagos give a glimpse of what the world must have been like at the dawn of time, reminding us of both the power and playfulness of nature. Reptiles (such as giant tortoises and iguanas) rule the land, and a magnificent array of fish, rays, sharks, sea lions, turtles, and penguins present a natural spectacle underwater. The rugged volcanic landscapes—blackened lava trails and smoldering craters —make the geology as fascinating as the wildlife.

Rolling hills filled with jagged rocks make this area of Ecuador resemble the Scottish highlands.

Ecuador’s El Cajas National Park

Only an hour from Cuenca by bus, El Cajas National Park is easily visited on a day trip. With dramatic open rolling land and jagged rocks, Cajas feels almost like the Scottish Highlands.

Moon Spotlight Quito

Moon Spotlight Quito is a 115-page compact guide covering Ecuador’s capital city and highlights of the surrounding Andes. Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood offers his firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on […]

Moon Trips of a Lifetime

Moon Trips of a Lifetime is a sampler of four dream vacation destinations. Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this inspirational ebook offers information on vacation spots that include Angkor Wat, Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Galápagos Islands, and the Taj Mahal. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a fun-to-browse guide […]

Moon Galápagos Islands

Sea lions and iguanas sunbathe side by side, penguins and turtles swim together offshore, and giant tortoises wander freely. The Galápagos is both a glimpse of life before human civilization and a reminder of its fragile beauty. This is the trip of a lifetime. It will leave you with a new sense of wonder — […]