These volcanic islands boast over 400 species of fish, an incredible amount of bird species and 97% of the Galapagos is natural park, so the incredible species are protected! They are also the home to the friendliest iguanas you will ever meet! The beaches are pristine and untouched with endless white sand. The volcanoes are raging and active, and whether you stay on one Island or go Island hopping, the Galapagos have to be one of the best things to do in Ecuador.
Darwin's favourite place on the planet was his special place for some reason. The remote Galapagos islands were untouched for many years. There are so many unique animal species that can be found here it's a naturalist's paradise on earth. Sea lions, iguanas and other species walk around like they own the place and that is because they do! The sea life is also abundant with unique fish and marine species, such as hammerhead sharks, sea turtle and manta rays. Be at one with nature in this unique and incredible place.
Kicker Rock is the remains of a volcanic cone that has been eroded by the sea. Above the water, the rock is home to a number of birds such as, Blue-footed Boobies, and Frigatebirds, but it is really its below-water inhabitants that has visitors in awe. The natural erosion of the cone has created a channel between the rocks that serves as the ideal place to view myriad sharks and rays. If visitors arrive at the right time, they can see hundreds of Galapagos sharks, schools of Spotted Eagle Rays, turtles, jellyfish, and even the occasional sea lion.
Another hotspot for aquatic life, Las Tintoreras, located on Puerto Villamil, is home to hundreds if not thousands of marine iguanas. Las Tintoreras is one of the few places in the world where they can reproduce successfully. It is geologically young at one million years old and was formed by the merger of six volcanoes, 5 of which are still active. Also living here are thousands of sharks, often sleeping, and on occasion, stingrays, seals, seahorses, and even penguins. It’s a quick and easy stop, only about a ten minute boat ride from the Island of Isabella, and an absolute must-do.