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.

But beaches don’t happen overnight. These actually depend on the movement of the sea, erosion, and sometimes even on local fauna to come about. Sandy beaches have two origins: organic and inorganic. The way these two origins affect the physical characteristics of the sand allows for nature to flaunt some of its most astonishing colour palettes. Green, red, white or black, the Galapagos are home to a rainbow of beaches that will certainly capture your gaze. To be able to admire these stunning and sometimes distant visitor sites, an exploration aboard a Galapagos Yacht is the way to do it. So hop aboard one of the islands’ most exclusive vessels and get ready to soak your feet into some of the most beautiful Galapagos beaches.

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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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La Pinta Darwin Day celebrations included lectures about Darwin's life and evolutionary theory.

Famous People That Have Visited Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands tend to procure images of a whole new world, replete with foreign life that counters our common understanding of organisms and their behavior in the wild. Surreal and freshly-made volcanic landscapes serve as the canvas for these species to paint over with their eccentric textures, remarkable body forms and quirky yet almost friendly behavioral patterns. Upon reading such a description, it might come as no surprise that hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to visit the islands over the past decades in hopes of believing what their imagination has conjured up. Many of these have travelled from around the world to experience it with their own set of senses, some of them as famous as the people we’ve heard about in the news, seen in movies or read about in our history and biology classes.
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Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds and Their Chicks: It’s All in the Family

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Huge and majestic, frigatebirds in the Galapagos are often seen passively dominating the skies, hovering in the gentle carriage of a strong breeze as they survey the world below them. Their huge wings and jet-black colour often make them seem rather ominous, but these gentle giants are actually the most endearing of parents when it comes to their chicks. Given their frequency to being in the air so often, getting a chance to see these giant birds down on the ground with their tiny chicks is actually a pretty special sight to behold in the Galapagos. Read More

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Forces of Attraction: Flightless Cormorant Courtship & Nesting Behavior

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A peculiar pair of wings flap frantically into the air without giving any signs of flight, shedding golden drops of water up into the deep blue sky that covers a setting sun. The Flightless Cormorant – an endemic species of the Galapagos whose only homes in the entire world are Fernandina and the western coast of Isabela – is one of the more remarkable evolutionary sights that visitors get to behold when they visit the enchanted isles. Their vestigial wings are but a visual echo of what once served a more airborne purpose and their progeny are but a continuation of that same echo. In order to perpetuate their unique species, the flightless cormorant undergoes a rather intricate series of steps and rituals that add to its captivating mystique.
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Tagus Cove Aboard Yacht La Pinta

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Hidden like the perfect little nook that it was for pirates, whalers and explorers alike, Tagus Cove aboard La Pinta is a visitor’s delight. With whispers of its past that span decades, even centuries, physically etched and painted across the cliffs throughout the bay, this relatively small cove enchants with its historical, physical and wildlife characteristics.
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Dry season in the Galapagos. Photo credit: Doug Greenberg

The Beauty of the Dry Season in the Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos has two seasons that are easily distinguished, the hot season and the dry season. Both of these display differences in how the landscape is affected. The hot season looks lush and green while the dry season in the Galapagos presents an overwhelming palate of cindery brown that’s caused by the lack of rain. Something else to keep in mind is that the hot season brings in warmer currents, while the dry season is known for its colder but more-than-tolerable temperatures. The beauty of the Galapagos is that no matter the season, the amazing wildlife (see Galapagos Big15) and beautiful scenery is on display all year long. June marks the beginning of the dry season that lasts all the way up to the month of December. Up ahead are a few facts about the dry season that’s beginning during this time of year, so read on and get informed on what to expect during your Galapagos adventure aboard the amazing Yacht La Pinta.

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How Did the Extinction of the La Pinta Island Tortoise Happen?

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Necessity is often regarded as the mother of invention, but every now and then it also unfortunately becomes the mother of unabashed destruction. Such is the case with the La Pinta Island tortoise. With only a small vestige of their presence that is the taxidermized remnant of their species, the extinction of the La Pinta Island tortoise is perhaps a permanent blemish on the face of the archipelago that continues to live with us today. Nevertheless, the scars we carry are almost always there to help us learn from the past in some way. In this blog we take a look at this species and the history behind its extinction. Read More

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The Evolutionary Mystery of the Flightless Cormorant in Galapagos

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We’ve all dreamt of being able to fly. It’s an longing that probably originated the moment we looked up and marvelled at the birds as they soared across the great blue sky, wondering what it must be like to admire the world from high above. Human imagination and science have both given us the ability to do such a thing, and these have fortunately never been taken it away from us. But what if evolution took that away from the very birds that inspired us to fly? For them, would the fall from grace be as blunt and backwards as it sounds? In the Galapagos, we can visually experience such a case in nature. It seems that only a select group of cormorants in the entire world have been picked for such a peculiar adaptation, and these are the flightless cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi) of the Galapagos. In this blog, we briefly sift through the different theories that have been presented to try decipher the mystery behind these cormorants and their long-forgotten ability to fly.
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Nautical Miles vs Miles

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Measure, Measure, Measure…

One of the greatest things about travel is that it requires planning. Sometimes, this planning involves packing, logistics, flights, decisions, and much more; in fact, that is the beauty of travel. A doses of the unknown is also welcome when travelling, as it brings a feeling of exploration and adventure. However, nothing beats the importance of planning a trip when it comes to calculating distances. Some will measure this in kilometres, others in miles, and others will measure travel in terms of weeks. No matter how you measure a trip, one thing is for sure: calculating the distance between point A and point B, and anything in between, is where the essence of travel lies. But, here comes the best part. What if I travel on water and land? Will it make any difference? Explorers back in the day figured this out, and designed a system to measure distance in open ocean, and a different one to measure distance on land. But, why two measuring units? There’s very interesting science behind this, and you’ll love it!

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