The Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Full of extraordinary nature, wildlife and awe inspiring views, it was a visit here, in 1835, when a young Charles Darwin began to formulate his evolutionary (and revolutionary) theory of natural selection.
As in Darwin’s day, the true attraction of the Galapagos is its wildlife. Marine Iguanas, Great Frigatebirds, Blue-footed boobies and of course, the massive Galapagos tortoise, are just some of the stars found here in what is arguably nature’s greatest showcase.
Though it’s true stars swim below the surface of the dazzling waters which teem with exotic marine life exclusive to the Galapagos shores.
WIN a trip for TWO to the Galapagos!
The LATAM Airlines Group is giving US Residents the chance to win an amazing dream trip for two to the Galapagos.
- Round-trip tickets on LAN Airlines
- All meals and transfers
- 5 days/4 nights aboard the Yacht Isabela II (operated by Metropolitan Touring, capacity 40)
- Itinerary includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant, Española Island and San Cristóbal Island
- Trip will feature guided hikes, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and panga rides
- Guided daily excursions into the islands
Sweepstakes begins at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on November 3, 2014, and ends at 11:59 pm (EST), November 28, 2014.
With GoPro in hand, a $3 taxi ride took us from the center of San Cristobal to La Loberia – a stunning secluded local beach well off the tourist trail.
We snorkeled close enough to touch enormous sea turtles, were slapped around under water by playful sea lions, and swam through schools of sharks, rare coral, and colorful fish while blue footed boobies and frigatebirds circled overhead.
The water off the beach forms an expansive shallow enclosure, completely protected from the choppy waves, which meant wildlife was waiting for us everyday – and so amazing was the experience we went back 3 days in row.
The water was so shallow that it was easy to stand, and all we had to do was throw on a snorkel and float to swim alongside the island’s lively local residents. And yes, if you’re wondering, this was the beach where I became so sunburnt I could hardly stand, so do yourself a favor and remember to protect yourself from the sun!
Our Best Underwater Photos
Here are our best underwater photos from the Galapagos Islands, all taken over three days at La Loberia, all courtesy of our GoPro.
The seal on our orange Nikon Coolpix AW110 Underwater Camera broke while snorkeling which ruined the viewfinder, so if looking to invest in a fantastic underwater camera, I highly recommend a GoPro.
At the end of the day we collapsed onto the beach next to an equally as exhausted sea lion, enjoying an afternoon nap under the warmth of the fierce Equatorial sun.