This post is part 18 of 20 in the series Galapagos Islands Travel Guide
Eric took many thousands of photos during the nearly six weeks we’ve spent in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. Here’s a selection of our favorite pictures of the world-famous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Islands wildlife
Galapagos travel tips
- Part 1 in our Galapagos Islands Travel Guide series gives you the facts you need to plan your trip to the Galapagos Islands.
- Part 2 is our Santa Cruz Island Travel Guide including what to do and where to sleep on this tourist hub island.
- Part 3 tells you what to expect during boat trips to landings around Santa Cruz Island.
- Part 4 covers highlights from North Seymour, South Plaza, and Daphne Islands.
- Part 5 is our San Cristóbal Island Travel Guide.
- Part 6 covers what to expect during boat trips to Cerro Brujo, Punta Pitt, and Kicker Rock around San Cristóbal.
- Part 7 reveals highlights of visiting Santa Fe Island.
- Part 8 tells you what to expect on Genovesa Island.
- Part 9 gives you travel highlights from Fernandina Island.
- Part 10 helps you explore Isabela Island.
- Part 11 takes you around Santiago Island.
- Part 12 tells you what to expect on Floreana Island.
- Part 13 reveals what makes Española Island so special.
- Part 14 tells you how to take the best travel photos in the Galapagos.
- Part 15 brings you all the adventure of SCUBA diving in the Galapagos Islands.
- Part 16 help you pack like a pro for the Galapagos.
- Part 17 delivers answers to 5 top Galapagos travel questions.
- Part 19 reveals our favorite shots of landscapes and sunsets in the Galapagos.
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Wow, awesome close-up images, you must have a pretty expensive camera for such images because I think that some animal were pretty far from your position.
Thanks Jennifer. Though I do have a good camera, that has nothing to do with how close you can get to the animals in the Galapagos. One of the many things that make the islands unique is that most animals are completely unafraid of humans. They don’t run from you, you have to carefully walk around them so in response to your statement…. No, the animals were not far from my position.
In the Galapagos, you have to careful where you step, or you will literally crush an iguana or a nesting bird with chick. A point-and-shoot could get images that look as close.
That said, here were my photos from a 2009 trip there (the last of two times we went) — https://www.mindstormphoto.com/ecuador/91-galapagos-2009/
The Galapagos are such a bio-diverse place … thanks for sharing a bit of it for all of us at home!
Those manta rays are hilarious!
Um, what?! HOLY MOLY – I can’t believe you saw the ray travel like that. Wow! I was just about to say I’m partial to the penguin shot (because I never got to see one out of the water), but THAT, my friend, takes the cake. Very cool!
I happened to put together a photo post of wildlife, too, with a few gifs in there for good humor. But sadly, it’s missing an amazing ray shot. Guess I’ll just have to go back now. :)
Glad you liked the flying ray shot Shannon! Just one more reason why the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most outstanding places for wildlife photography.