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The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are a unique chain of 19 islands and dozens of islets formed some 3 to 5 million years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions. Located approximately 1,000 kms from the coast of Ecuador, this part of the world offers an opportunity to see wildlife and marvel at landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world.

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A trip to the Galápagos Islands is a journey to an alternate universe. Here, animals dominate the land and the ocean and people, both locals and some 150,000 visitors, act as mere inconveniences to this incredible corner of planet earth.

Most people visit the islands for a chance to get close and personal with the animals, but what many don’t expect to come across, is the beautiful scenery of volcanic lava rocks, lush highlands, and practically deserted beaches. Galapagos may be one of the most unique destination on earth and one that

On our recent trip to the Galapagos with Galakiwi, we got a chance to visit all 4 inhabited islands of the Galapagos, including San Cristóbal, Floreana (aka Santa Maria), Isabela, and Santa Cruz. We explored the island on land and underwater, we hiked, we biked, we SUP’ed and kayaked to reach the most out of this world spots and get close to the islands’ cutest residents.

These are some of the best photos we snapped during our 2 weeks in the Galapagos.

BE WARNED: We are about to show you some incredible spots and amazing animals that are bound to make you want to visit the Galapagos for yourself.

Kicker Rock, view from the highlands on San Cristobal Island.
Kicker Rock, view from the highlands on San Cristobal Island
The cutest resident sea lion on San Cristobal Island
The cutest resident on San Cristobal Island
Marine iguana, blending in with lava rocks on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
Marine iguana, blending in with lava rocks on San Cristobal Island
A group of lazy sea lions catching the mid day rays aboard a fishing boat on San Cristobal Island. Galapagos
A group of lazy sea lions catching the midday rays aboard a fishing boat on San Cristobal Island.
Sunset over Playa Loberia on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
Sunset over Playa Loberia on San Cristobal Island
Fred, the town drunk on a bench at the San Cristobal pier, Galapagos
Fred, the town drunk on a bench at the San Cristobal pier. Looks like he had a tough day!
Sweeping views of lush highlands on Floreana Island, Galapagos
Sweeping views of lush highlands on Floreana Island
Sunset SUP on Floreana Island, Galapagos
Sunset SUP on Floreana Island
Blue footed booby eyeing a red crab on the lava rocks on Isabela Island
Blue-footed booby eyeing a red crab on the lava rocks of Isabela Island
Baby marine iguanas on Isabela Island
Baby marine iguanas on Isabela Island
The black caldera of the Cerro Negro Volcano on Isabela Island
The black caldera of the Cerro Negro (Sierra Negro) Volcano on Isabela Island
Ah-ah lava fields on Tintoreras islet near Isabela Island, Galapagos
Ah-ah lava fields on Tintoreras islet near Isabela Island
Penguins on Tintorenas, Isabela Island. Galapagos
Penguins on Tintorenas, Isabela Island
Exploring the Lava Tunnels on Isabela Island. Galapagos
Exploring the Lava Tunnels on Isabela Island
Giant tortoise roaming free at the El Chato Ranch on Santa Crus Island, Galapagos
Giant tortoise roaming free at the El Chato Ranch on Santa Crus Island
Salt lake on Santa Cruz island. Galapagos
Salt lake on Santa Cruz island
Tortuga Bay - the most beautiful beach in the Galapagos Islands
Tortuga Bay – the most beautiful beach in the Galapagos Islands
Sea turtle at the Gordon Rocks dive site off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Galapagos
Sea turtle at the Gordon Rocks dive site off the coast of Santa Cruz Island
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Birds eye view of the Galapagos Islands.

If visiting Galapagos Islands hasn’t been high on your list so far, we hope these photos has planted a seed of curiosity about this incredible destination!

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Disclaimer: We traveled to the Galapagos as guests of Galakiwi, a land based tour operator based in the Galapagos. But as always, all opinions expressed in this article are our own! (Ok. They may have been slightly influenced by Fred, the sea lion, but only because he was so darn adorable!)

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