The Galapagos: Sea Lions And Iguanas And Tortoises! Oh My!

The Galapagos: Sea Lions And Iguanas And Tortoises! Oh My!

Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands are known for their incredible wildlife. Visitors can get up close and personal with all kinds of animals and see species that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet.

 

What animals were our favorites? You guessed it! Sea lions, iguanas, and tortoises. These can best be seen on Isabela Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Galapagos. Most visitors stay on Santa Cruz island, as it is the most inhabited, but it is pretty easy to find a ferry that will take you out to Isabela and back.

 

Interisland transport pass for Isabela Island in the Galapagos

 

While you’re on Isabela, you can visit theย Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, Isabela’s Tortoise Breeding Center. There are SO many tortoises walking around, eating, and even… getting frisky…

 

Tortoises in Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, Isabela's Tortoise Breeding Center

Tortoise in Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, Isabela's Tortoise Breeding Center

petting a tortoise in Tortoises in Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, Isabela's Tortoise Breeding Center

Tortoises in Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza, Isabela's Tortoise Breeding Center

 

While exploring the islands you’re also bound to run into iguanas. These were different than the iguanas I’m used to seeing in Florida. These looked… prehistoric…

 

Iguanas in the Galapagos

Iguana on the sand in the Galapagos

An iguana on a dock in the Galapagos

An iguana in the Galapagos

An iguana on the beach in the Galapagos

 

And, of course, there are the sea lions. These cuties just love to lounge around and they don’t care what’s going on around them. I’m telling you, these guys have got it made…

 

Sea Lion by the water in the Galapagos

Sea Lions by the water in the Galapagos

Sea Lion sleeping by the water in the Galapagos

Sea Lion sleeping on a bench by the water in the Galapagos

Sea Lion stretching by the water in the Galapagos

 

The amount of animals you can see in the Galapagos is surreal though. Besides these three favorites, we also saw dolphins, sharks, stingrays, crabs, and a huge variety of birds (including flamingos). So if you’re an animal lover, you need to visit the Galapagos.

 

Panoramic view of Galapagos Islands

 

A few tips:

  • – Although most animals are used to humans and will allow you to get pretty close, remember that these are still wild animals.
  • – Bring sunblock. You’re on the equator, so the sun is pretty brutal. Trust me.
  • – If you get seasick at all, I’d recommend taking some Dramamine.ย The trips between islands can get a bit choppy.
  • – Have cash on you for snacks and souvenirs. Most places only take cashย and there are only a few ATMs.
  • – Please, please, please remember where you are. Don’t litter or do anything that could hurt the wildlife of this amazing habitat.

 

Have you been to the Galapagos? What animal was your favorite? We’d love to read your comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Galapagos Islands have a variety of animals unlike anywhere else on the planet. Our favorites were the sea lions, iguanas, and tortoises.

 

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