Baby tortoises at the Charles Darwin Station in the Galapagos.

How to Travel Responsibly in the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands is a remarkable place in danger of being ruined by its own fame. If seeing the Galápagos is on your bucket list, it’s time to consider how you can visit this amazing place without contributing to its demise.

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.