Galápagos Wildlife

Wild animals without any fear of humans—remarkable

The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its lack of an instinctive fear of humans. Sea lions loll on the beach next to us. Birds land on our camera lenses and stand in the middle of the trail ignoring us as we carefully walk around them. And we can contemplate or photograph giant tortoises to our heart’s content, they graze on, undisturbed. Being able to get so close to such rare and wild creatures is a privilege, enchanting, and unforgettable.

It’s always a good time for wildlife
Thanks to their position on the Equator, animals here are active all year-round. Migrating birds visit. Endemic birds court, mate, and raise their young. Giant tortoises move from the lowlands to the highlands, sea turtles bury their eggs on the beach or swim in the sea. Entertaining sea lions and blue-footed boobies are often present and delightful. No matter when you’re considering a Galápagos cruise, you can rest assured that the wildlife will be plentiful and active.

Giant tortoises and other rare creatures
Galápagos is famous for its endemic wildlife—animals separated from their main population and adapted to their environment, eventually changing to become a new species. There are as many as 26 endemic species among the islands including Darwin’s finches, Galápagos giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and Galápagos penguins. This is the only place on earth you can see these animals in their natural habitat.

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