Overview of Ecuadorian Galapagos Island Wildlife
Fast facts: The Galápagos Islands lie 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The 13 main islands are scattered amongst hundreds of smaller islands with scores of islets.
95% of the prehuman biodiversity in Galapagos remains intact, so it is important when visiting the Galapagos that we respect and help preserve this.
You could see: penguins, humpback whales, tortoise, giant (and green) sea turtles, waved albatross, land and marine iguanas, Blue (and Red) footed Boobies, manta rays, Galapagos Sea Lion and the Lava Gull (largest gull in the world, as tall as 55cm).
Where to visit? Whilst most travellers take a cruise around various islands, you may prefer to stay at an eco-lodge on one or two islands instead.
We recommend including Isabela Island; the largest in Galapagos, the shape of a seahorse, with a backbone of volcanoes stretching for almost 100 miles.
Isabela is home to five different volcanoes and five different tortoise subspecies. In the south, the highlands are covered in dense and verdant vegetation.
From Isabela Island you can see the Galapagos Penguin, the only penguin species found north of the equator.
Read more about the Galapagos Penguin in this blog on 10 of the World's Most Endangered Marine Species.