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Last updated on May 3rd, 2018 at 03:06 pm

Wildlife Lover? Head to Galapagos Islands to see incredible Wildlife!

During a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, the owners of SouthAmerica.travel enjoyed seeing some of the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. In the photo gallery above, there are several photos from George C. Levy, a talented photographer who traveled on the same Galapagos Islands travel tour with them. Some of our favorite photos are the one of the baby sea lion cutie, and the pairs of iguanas – including a little hitchhiker on top of one!

The Galapagos Islands don’t need much publicity – the attraction of getting up close to animals like land iguanas, giant tortoises, and frigate birds is enough to draw travelers from all over the world.

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If you’re a wildlife lover, a tour of the Galapagos Islands will be a real treat. The Galapagos Islands are famous for being home to a wide variety of animals, many of which are very tame. These animals have lived on the Islands for thousands of years without any natural predators. Here is a short list of the most famous animals and birds that you might see while traveling around the Galapagos:

Birds in the Galapagos: 

Blue-footed booby

  • Blue-footed Boobies – these funny-looking birds have distinctive light blue webbed feet
  • Galapagos Penguins – these penguins are the only type found north of the equator
  • Frigate Birds – the male birds have distinctive red pouches under their beaks that they inflate to attract females
  • Waved Albatross – these are beautiful white birds and one of the largest in the islands
  • Nazca Boobies – this bird has a distinctive black face and white head and body
  • Flightless Cormorant – the only type of cormorant that can’t fly
  • Greater Flamingo 
  • Galapagos Hawk – one of the dominant, non-endemic predators in the Islands
  • Darwin’s Finches – named after the scientist Charles Darwin, these birds have about 15 species represented on the islands, and they are not true finches
  • Galapagos Mockingbird – this mockingbird is known to run and hop after its prey

Reptiles in the Galapagos

Giant tortoise

  • Giant Tortoise – due to the lack of natural predators, giant tortoises are very large and live to be about 150 years old
  • Galapagos Green Turtle
  • Land and Marine Iguanas – these giant iguanas are found on land, or, in the case of marine iguanas, in water. Marine iguanas can swim and eat seaweed
  • Lava Lizards

 Mammals in the Galapagos: 

Sea Lion

  • Sea Lion
  • Humpback Whale
  • Dolphin
  • Galapagos Fur Seal
  • Galapagos mouse – this is a recently discovered species

Marine Life in the Galapagos: 

  • Galapagos Reef Fish
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Whale Shark
  • White Tipped Reef Shark

Read Also: How to Choose a Galapagos Cruise

Want to see some wildlife for yourself? 

There are two ways to travel around the Galapagos: by “island-hopping” and staying in hotels on the islands each night, or by taking a cruise. Our Galapagos Islands travel tours include small to medium sized cruise ships, from luxury to mid-range ships that allow you to explore the islands in comfort and style. Cruise itineraries are generally 3 to 7 nights long, and depart throughout the year. Each day, you get to walk around the islands and go on guided excursions. Activities include swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, and nature hikes with trained guides who will point out the flora and fauna, and will explain the history of the islands. 

We highly recommend pairing a Galapagos cruise with a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, so that you can see two of the most incredible highlights of South America in just one trip.


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All photos in this blog post are courtesy George C. Levy.