Things To Do in… The Galapagos

celebritygalapagosThe Galapagos is a study in the beauty and wonder of Mother Nature. A remote archipelago 600 miles west of Ecuador, this cluster of island is a near-perfect habitat for a unique cauldron of approximately 1,900 species found nowhere else on Earth.

Beautiful, fragile and delightfully mysterious, this timeless realm of biological riches is where Charles Darwin, in 1835, began to formulate his theory of natural selection, a concept that would subsequently revolutionize our view of the world. The islands today look much as they did when Darwin visited, even if the ships visitors arrive in are more advanced than his. 

For those traveling to the Galapagos, here are some sights that shouldn’t be missed:

Kicker Rock

The rock formation, also known as the Sleeping Lion (León Dormido in Spanish), is located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. The rocks rise 500 feet out of the water and are a prime location for snorkeling and diving.

Charles Darwin Research Station

The purpose of this research foundation  is to provide knowledge, through scientific research and complementary action, to ensure the conservation of the archipelago’s environment and biodiversity. It’s a bonus that the researchers allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel.

Daphne Island

Best known for being the site of Darwin’s experiments with finches, this island is also a breeding ground for blue-footed boobies, sea lions and tropical birds.

Wildlife

Where to start? Killer whales and other aquatic mammals frequent the warm waters of the Galapagos Islands. Meanwhile, in the air, waved albatrosses spread their up to eight-foot wingspans to leap off cliffs and fly, and on land, marine iguanas continue evolving long tails, webbed feet and flat heads to survive aquatic life. For those arriving to the Galapagos aboard Celebrity Xpedition, a 98-guest mega-yacht sailing to the Galapagos continuously for a decade, local experts offer excursions designed to see this amazing wildlife in one of the world’s last pristine environments.

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