The Galápagos Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Galápagos Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bahía Tortuga

    Beach

    Bahía Tortuga, 3 km (2 miles) southwest of Puerto Ayora, has a long, white-sand beach where marine iguanas sometimes strut along the water's...Read More

  • 2. Bellavista

    Cave

    Near the small village of Bellavista you can explore amazing underground lava tubes. The mile-long tunnels, tall enough to walk through, were...Read More

  • 3. Charles Darwin Research Station

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Follow the main road east from Puerto Ayora to the expansive grounds of the Charles Darwin Research Station and its visitor center, which has...Read More

  • 4. National Park Tortoise Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The unattended National Park Tortoise Reserve is one of the few places in the archipelago where you can view giant Galápagos turtles in the...Read More

  • 5. Puerto Villamil

    Town/Village

    Sleepy Puerto Villamil, founded in 1897 as a center for extracting lime, is the focus of Isabela's tourist trade—nearby are several lagoons...Read More

  • 6. Rancho Primicias

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Next to the national park is this privately-owned nature preserve where several dozen giant tortoises roam freely. If you're on a cruise or...Read More

  • 7. San Cristóbal Interpretation Center

    Visitor Center

    A visitor center just outside Puerto Baquerizo Moreno explains the natural processes that have made the Galápagos such a unique place, delineates...Read More

  • 8. Santa Rosa

    Scenic Drive

    The road to Santa Rosa, 13 km (8 miles) beyond Bellavista, is lined with giant elephant grass, avocado and papaya trees, and boughs of yellow...Read More

  • 9. Santo Tomás

    Town/Village

    Isabela's other community is Santo Tomás, 18 km (11 miles) northwest of Puerto Villamil. ...Read More

  • 10. Volcán Alcedo

    Volcano

    A more ambitious trek, requiring adequate planning and equipment, is 1,100-meter (3,600-foot) Volcán Alcedo. The site can be reached only by...Read More

  • 11. Volcán Sierra Negra

    Volcano

    The island's signature excursion is a guided 9-km (5½-mile) trek ascending the 1,370-meter (4,488-foot) Volcán Sierra Negra. The volcano's crater...Read More

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