The Five Best Sites to Snorkel or Dive in the Galápagos

The Galápagos may be the best destination worldwide for watching wildlife on land, but the marine marvels underwater are beyond belief. From snorkeling with playful sea lion pups and nonchalant sea turtles to diving with hammerheads and whale sharks, the Caribbean and Red Sea simply pale in comparison.

The Five Best Hikes in the Galápagos

Bring your walking shoes, because rocky trails in the Galápagos are not best tackled in sandals. There are trails along pristine beaches, through forests of cacti, and along unworldly blackened lava trails, offering close encounters with wildlife and sweeping views over the archipelago.

Tortoises and Turtles of the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will marvel at the amazing array of wildlife. For those interested in turtles and tortoises, Ben Westwood explains the different types and where to spot them.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]