Sometimes I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to travel…and then I go to a destination that blows my mind and makes me realize that I have a lot yet to see! My Galapagos Islands holiday was full of learning opportunities, but most of all it was full of awe and joy. How could it not be – the Islands and wildlife are stunning. It’s like being inside an episode of Planet Earth.
I can’t believe I waited so long to visit the Galapagos Islands! After years of people telling me I should go there, I finally pulled the trigger on the Galapagos in November of 2021 – a time when the world was slowly starting to move around again. It was a perfect time for me to visit these special islands for the first time.
During my 5 days there, I learned so much. My arrogant long-time-traveler side thought I knew what to expect…after all…I had seen it all before. But every day I learned something new that surprised and delighted me.
Galapagos Islands Cruises and Resorts
There are many, many Galapagos cruises (and even resorts!) to choose from. In addition to the type of tour, length of the tour, and type of boat – you’ll also have to choose which islands and wildlife you want to see. And finally, you’ll need to decide what time of year you want to come as it is a year-round destination!
1. It’s in Ecuador – the Galapagos Islands is not its own country
Actually – I did know this before my trip – however, I was surprised to find out that most people don’t know that the Galapagos Islands are a part of Ecuador. They are located 605 miles off the coast of Ecuador and are part of the country just like Hawaii is a part of the United States.
That’s why this is one dance party you don’t want to miss in person!
Best Time to See Waved Albatross Performing the Mating Dance
It is thought that some 20,000 pairs breed and nest on Espanola Island each year.
Courtship dances of newly-paired albatross and well-established pairs can be seen only between April and December. The closer to the end of that period you’ll see the courtship of pairs who did not breed that year, but are still practicing, normally peaking in October.
5. The Islands Were Originally Colonized for ‘Big Business’
The islands have an extensive human history that is often overlooked. They may have been one of the last places on Earth to be colonized by humans, but sailors, whalers, and adventurers have been stopping there for at least the past five centuries. In the 1860s the islands were colonized with the hope of big business and the manufacturing of a popular purple dye. The islands are filled with a lichen, orchil, which produces a purple dye that had ‘economic potential’.