Top Ten List: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If you are planning on going to the Galapagos and are not taking a cruise around the islands (highly recommended)…here’s a list of the top 10 things to do here from our personal experience: Isabela Island/Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
- Go Scuba-diving – If you are certified, the Galapagos is the place to waste all your money and go scuba diving… although Daniel and I were not certified, it was something that we debated doing and if we would have stayed longer we definitely would have done it. Just from hearing fellow travelers and locals talk about it, we definitely could tell it is one of the best places in the world to dive…so get certified before you get there!
- Go to “Los Tunneles” – so if you don’t scuba dive because of some traumatizing shark/drowning underwater dream that happened to you at some point in your childhood, snorkeling is a close second. We snorkeled at this place “los tunneles” and our minds were blown. We snorkeled with sharks, seahorses, sea turtles and hung out with blue-footed boobies for a half-day trip, reasonably priced and totally worth the experience.
- Bike to the “Wall of Tears” – This is a very easy bike ride, so rent bikes for $5 and enjoy riding along the beach although sometimes a little tough through the sand. The wall has an interesting history and a great view once you climb up to the top of the wall. Make sure to stop at the other side beaches on the way and see some really amazing animals and view points.
- Go surfing – The waves are very surf-able for all levels of surfers and extremely convenient to get to.
- On Santa Cruz island, walk to “Torutga Beach” – just an amazing white sand beach with iguanas, pelicans, crazy scenery and a hidden beach that is totally worth the walk to get there.
- Camp at the Negra Volcano and wake up to sunset – we actually didn’t have time to do this but we definitely regrettable it. Apparently you go to the volcano, camp there and then wake up to the sunset… doesn’t it just sound magical?
- Watch the sunset at Casa Rosada – with a beer in hand of course, you can’t get a better view or ambiance than at a beach bar with the waves crashing in front of you and people walking tight rope, playing beach volleyball or soccer right next to you.
- Snorkel at La Concha Perla – it’s right off the ferry dock to get to Isabela, manta rays, sea lions and sea turtles galore.
- Go to the turtle breeding center – the turtles are humongous, they are land turtles so much different than marine turtles and the sheer size of them is amazing. Try to go during feeding time or else they can be a little boring and even if turtles aren’t really your thing, the walk there is really great and you get to see flamingos!
- Eat lobster in Santa Cruz from street vendors – there is one street and at night there are 20 different vendors trying to sell you lobster dinner.. pick one and prepare to have an amazing meal.