The Galapagos Islands Guide: Best Places to Visit

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( — February 10, 2023) — Are you thinking of going on holiday? Would you like to experience something different and extraordinary? If you want to enjoy the unspoiled nature, or take a Galapagos Islands cruise and see some amazing creatures, then Galapagos Islands are the perfect destination for you.

The Galapagos Islands are placed in the eastern Pacific Ocean. They are about 600 miles (960 kilometers) away from the coast of Ecuador.

Galapagos is famous for its biodiversity, active volcanoes, and pristine beaches. It is home to endemic species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and marine species. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978.

There are so many reasons for visiting this amazing archipelago. Here are some things to know before you start packing.  

How to get the most authentic experience?

There are several options to visit all the interesting places on the Galapagos Islands.

You can stay in a hotel on one of the islands and then take Galapagos tours to nearby places. This is a great and economical way to see the majority of wonderful places and unique flora and fauna that the Galapagos Islands have to offer.

Another great way to explore the islands is the Galapagos Islands cruise. This cruise gives you the opportunity to explore the extraordinary biodiversity and the world’s most extraordinary destinations. You can get this luxurious and remarkable experience with your friends and family or as a solo traveler.

But, what exactly to see on the Galapagos Islands? Here are some of the places that you must visit.

Top 5 places you must see in Galapagos

You can stay at one of the hotels and take tours to the destinations along the islands. Or, you can opt for the cruise adventure. Whatever your choice is, you will see so many wonderful places in Galapagos.

 1. Giant Tortoises

A huge number of tourists come here to see Giant Tortoises. They are one of the main attractions of the Galapagos. You will be astonished by these slow-moving gentle giants.

2. Los Tuneles

The Galapagos Islands were formed by seismic activity and there are still several active volcanoes here. So, you should take a tour to Los Tuneles and walk through volcanic tunnels. You cannot see places like this anywhere else, so it will be a really amazing experience.

3. Charles Darwin Research Station

Did you know that it was the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin for his famous “Theory of the evolution of species”?

Now, The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the centers of biological studies and one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos. Here you can learn more about the history and ecology of the Islands.

4. La Lobería

This wonderful white-sand beach is home to a large sea lion population. It was even named after them. There are many ways to enjoy La Lobería. You can just sit back, enjoy the moment and take some photos. But, you can also swim in the beautiful clear sea. Whatever you do, there is a huge chance that you will see some sea lions. Yet, be careful and keep a safe distance.

5. Wall of Tears

If you are a hiking lover, you should take a hike to the Wall of Tears. It was built between the years 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony. Along the way, you will be able to see some shorelines, natural lakes, and some rare species like iguanas, flamingos, etc.

When is the right time to come?  

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their unique environmental conditions and ecosystem. They are the perfect place to visit any time of the year.

Yet, if you want to enjoy the warm water and calm seas, then the perfect time for you is from December through May. In this period, the average water temperature is 76°F (25°C) and the average air temperature is between 72 and 86°F (22-30°C). Everything is more colorful and you can enjoy watching birds and sea turtles making their nest on the beach.

But, if you are an experienced diver, the ideal time for you to visit Galapagos is from June to November. The temperatures of the air and water are lower at this time of the year. This is why there are more fish and seabirds around. 


The Galapagos Islands have so many things to offer. You can take tours and cruises to visit some of the most spectacular locations in the world. You can also see its unique nature and animal species.

One thing is for sure, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most amazing and unique destinations.

Everything you need to do before coming here is to be ready for the lifetime experience.