Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
It's now wonder this trip is a "bucket-list" destination — to experience nature there is simply stunning.
We decided not to take a cruise, mainly because we wanted to decide how long to stay in place in a flexible manner. We travelled from island to island and toured the main snorkelling and reserve locations with guides. We were lucky that arranging accommodation turned out to be as flexible as we wanted. And indeed we stayed at the end longer in Isabella because we loved the island so much.
We arrived in San Cristóbal where we went snorkelling to León dormido, don't miss that, and you will get to see hammer-head sharks, manta-rays and sea turtles and ... and ...
We went on to Isabella before switching over to Santa Cruz, where we would end our journey. Every island has indeed a different character, Isabella being probably the most quiet and peaceful. Not to miss in Isabella is the mangroves pool. You find it on the way to the "Wall of Tears", follow the sign to "El Estero".
Santa Cruz is a bubbling tourist centre, but not less interesting, with many activities worthwhile the visit. Our favourite? Playa mansa. Our last destination before heading back to Quito was the north of the Seymour island. The tour to north Seymour turned out to be one of most stunning experiences. We got to see birds courting and mating and freshly born chicks, like this fregate chick who was just a week old.