August 2017

Whales in the Galapagos. Photo credit: Francisco "Pancho" Dousdebés, Galapagos Expert

Beautiful Giants – Whales in the Galapagos

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When Cetaceans Return to the Galapagos – Whales & Dolphins Back at Tropical Latitudes

Every journey to the archipelago comes packed with numerous and spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. The Galapagos truly is a magical place, thanks in large part to the diverse wildlife that’s around each corner, all throughout the year! And if it’s the bigger animals that you are interested in, then read on, hop in one of the best archipelago’s expedition vessels, and get ready to be seriously impressed by some amazing whales in the Galapagos!

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Why we don't visit some islands of the Galapagos. Photography: Francisco “Pancho” Dousdebés, Galapagos Expert

Why we don’t visit some islands of the Galapagos

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The Galapagos archipelago is a big place. However, within its 133,000 km2, distributed among 20 islands and islets, only 3% is inhabited and 3% is open to tourism. But don’t fret! This doesn’t mean any less of a Galapagos experience! In fact, some of the best Galapagos adventures follow well-thought out, hand-picked itineraries. These usually include some of the archipelago’s best visitor sites and most iconic Big15 species while allowing guests to feel as if they are the first to step foot on the islands.
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White-sand beach

Galapagos Beaches: Eye Candy for the Colour Hungry  

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The Galapagos Islands are around 12 to 15 million years old. A relatively young age in a geological sense. Throughout these millions of years, flora and fauna found a way to thrive in this otherwise harsh environment. Even though 15 million years is considered “young” in geological terms, it was certainly enough time for the islands to shape themselves into what they are today – one of the most pristine, unchanged and unaffected natural environments in the world. Behaviours evolved, vegetation found a niche and beaches took their sweet time in becoming a part of the landscape.
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Galapagos sea lion pup

Galapagos Sea Lion Pupping Season Begins!

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August is starting and, in the Galapagos, wildlife goes on uninterrupted. Such is the case with Galapagos sea lions that are seen throughout the archipelago all year long. This member of our Big15 list of iconic species (not to mention a definitive favourite by both locals and visitors) is probably one of the most photogenic animals in the archipelago. However, it’s probably Galapagos sea lion pups that take the prize for being the cutest animal in the Galapagos. Tiny, furry bodies, big innocent eyes and playful dispositions will steal your heart and occupy most of your Galapagos photo album. Before boarding the magical La Pinta Yacht, read on to learn more about this beautiful animal during pupping season. And try not to melt when you run into one. But beware, we can’t guarantee that you won’t.

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