When people travel to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador they assume they’re going to get great photos of wildlife–we took thousands of them (which we kindly edited down to this 21 shot selection of gorgeous Galapagos animals). But even when there are no critters in sight, the epic sunsets (and sunrises) and the only-in-the-Galapagos landscapes will keep your camera busy.
Our favorite sunsets and landscapes of the Galapagos Islands
Wolf Island, at the most northerly end of the Galapagos archipelago, is rarely visited except by dive boats.
Pinnacle Rock juts up from mostly barren Bartolome Island.
Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island is home to a large population of land iguanas.
Spring time color in foliage just off the beach on South Plaza Island is in deep contrast with the starkly blue water.
Darwin’s Lake, in this dormant crater on Isabella Island above Tagus Cove, provides life-giving water and breath-taking views.
We spent 24 nights in the Galapagos Islands and pretty much every single one of them ended like this.
At the far northern end of the Galapagos archipelago lies Darwin Island and Darwin Arch and some of the best scuba diving in the world.
Port Egas on Santiago Island offers a sandy arch of beach and dramatic volcanic rock formations and is favored by sunning sea lions.
The Punta Vicente Roca Volcano on Isabela Island is one of our favorite destinations in the Galapagos, providing dramatic topside scenery and some of the best snorkeling we’ve ever done in the bay at its base.
Good morning, Galapagos.
A beach is never just a beach in the Galapagos Islands. This one offers creamy sand, jagged lava and lapping waves.
A wave of lava, from the volcanic eruption which formed Isabela Island, sweeps down to the sea near Punta Vicente Roca.
Rábida Island’s red sand beach and scrub cover are begin rid of invasive goats so that natural vegetation and endemic species can return.
There are lush parts of the Galapagos Islands as well, including the Los Gemalos twin craters in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
Galapagos color, all natural and unfiltered.
Good night, Galapagos.
Going to the Galapagos
We’ve traveled to the Galapagos Islands three times while working on a wide range of story assignments. We’ve now spent more time in the Galapagos than Charles Darwin did. That doesn’t mean we’ve come up with a revolutionary scientific theory, but it does mean that we know our way around the place. For more insights and inspiration about going to the Galapagos, check out the stories we’ve reported and written about traveling to the Galapagos Islands.
How to Travel to the Galapagos Islands published by Travel + Leisure
Galapagos Islands Dive Boat Luxury published by Luxe Beat
Going Greener in the Galapagos published by The Toronto Sun
This is the Most Luxurious New Way to Tour the Galapagos Islands published by Bravo Jet Set
Cruising the Galapagos with Grace Kelly published by Bio.com
Pikaia Lodge luxury hotel review published by Luxury Latin America