Galapagos Fun Facts: Take a Peek at the Wonderful World of the Archipelago!

With so much to see and so many islands, the Galapagos might seem a little daunting to newcomers. The otherwordly terrain, the behavior of the wildlife, the historical nature and scientific importance of the islands themselves – these are all factors that play a vital role in making the Galapagos what it is. But with so much to absorb and experience, how exactly do we temper our excitement and expectations upon heading there? By providing a sneak peak into wonderful world that it’s home to, that’s how! Warning: These Galapagos fun facts may produce feelings of excitement, wonder and/or strong desires to want to come visit the enchanted isles!
Remember: If you’re interested in checking them out for yourself, always consult with a reputable tourism company that offers a range of Galapagos cruises and Galapagos itineraries (on land and at sea) before booking your trip!

Española: Bird Island

Española is the only island where Galapagos Albatrosses breed! These are the biggest sea birds in Galapagos.
galapagos albatross
The biggest and most curious mockingbird in Galapagos is on Española island.
genovesa mockingbird

Santa Cruz: Volcanoville

On Santa Cruz Island, the population of giant tortoises is estimated to be somewhere between 4,000 to 5,000.
galapagos tortoise
The longest lava tunnel in Galapagos can be found on Santa Cruz.

Santa Fe: Stunning Yellows

Santa Fe Island has its own endemic species of land iguana. It has been aptly named as none other than the Santa Fe land iguana and has a mesmerizing yellow/orange hue across it’s body.
santa fe land iguana
The highlands of Santa Fe are being repopulated with giant tortoises.
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South Plaza Island: A Pairing of Two

South Plaza is the only island where the hybrid (land and marine) iguana can be found!

hybrid iguana galapagos

Seeing hybrid land/marine iguanas is extremely rare and the only site where this has been reported is South Plaza Island. Sometimes, few of the handful hybrids do come by the trail and visitors can be quite amazed to see them. One of the few examples of two different, but related species that in Galapagos have gone beyond pre-mating barriers. Photo courtesy of Pancho Dousdebes.

South Plaza has a bachelor sea lion colony. It’s a haven for those that were unable to swoon the lady sea lions of the Galapagos, and as such remain here saving energies and hoping for better luck in the future.
sea lion beach

While there are many stories about these “male gatherings”, it is true that a certain profile of male sea lions does congregate as a union and spends time in isolated areas away from the main colony. Most males here show many scars from their “battles” to become the alpha and show very lethargic behavior. Boys will be boys!

Punta Pitt: Booby-ville

Punta Pitt is one of the two places where you can find Red-Footed Boobies!
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Punta Pitt is a also an island where you can find all three species of boobies.
blue footed booby dance

Tagus Cove: L’exploration Du Jour

Jacques Cousteau arrived at Tagus Cove aboard the ship Calypso, where he carried out one of his first and best dives!
tagus cove fun fact

Urbina Bay: Advent Rising

In 1954, Urbina Bay’s coastline experienced an uplift of 4 metres!

urbina bay

Photo courtesy of: Francisco Dousdebes

Vicente Roca: Shadow of the Colossus

Vicente Roca is one of the few places where two types of lava can be seen: pahoehoe flow and aa flow.
Vicente Roca Cliffs

Fernandina: Iguana Town

Fernandina is the youngest island of the archipelago and has the largest population of marine iguanas.
galapagos fun facts fernandina

Floreana: Pure Shores

Floreana is one of the two islands where fresh water can be found.
floreana
Floreana was the second of four islands that Darwin visited in the Galapagos.

North Seymour: Frigates for Days

The two species of frigates (great and magnificent) can be found nesting on this very island!
galapagos frigatebird
A number of land iguanas in North Seymour that have been relocated from Baltra Island as part of conservation efforts.

Genovesa: Red Nation

The biggest and most important colony of red-footed boobies in Galapagos lives here.

The curious shape of the island is the result of a collapsed volcano.

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With parents that worked for the U.S. Foreign Service up until he graduated from high school, Chris was raised to have the heart of a nomad throughout his life. He has resided in Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador throughout his years, and just recently spent the past four up in Canada finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & English at the University of British Columbia.

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