Galapagos Travel: The Attractions Of Bartolomé Island

Galapagos-islands_2332103bLocated about a few miles away from the mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands make up a completely different world that one would love to visit. Have you ever imagined a place where you would play along with penguins and sea lion cubs or even see marine iguanas swimming alongside you? A Galapagos Island Tour will take you through all of this. You will not miss a single opportunity to experience the mists of nature. The islands are all covered with amazing natural occurrences, in the form of landscapes, the waters, the flora and the fauna and many more.

One of the most attractive islands among this group of islands is the Bartolomé Island. Named after Lt. David Bartholomew, of the British navy, this island is located towards the east of the Santiago Island. The island is said to be the most visited site among all the other islands in the group and offers a wonderful treat for bird-watchers as the Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Hawks and the Herons are found here. The island offers two special sites that you can visit. It is the high altitude where you can reach to have a look at the land and sea deep down and the other is the beautiful beaches where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming.

snorkeling-adventure-big-2The Pinnacle Rock along the beach on the Bartolomé Island is quite famous and is recorded to be the most photographed destinations among all the sites present in the archipelago. It is said that years ago an underwater volcano erupted and caused the lava to spread in the sea water. This caused it to explode and thus gather together to form a huge cone shaped rock. The island is a home to many such formations that make it look like the surface of the moon.

2101717489_57394f175d_z The Pinnacle Rock is located prominently close to the sea and has two beaches, one to the north and the other to the south. Both these beaches are half moon shaped. The beach on the north of the Pinnacle rock is a beautiful place where you can go snorkeling and swimming in the water along with Galapagos Penguins, fishes and sea lions. Whereas the southern beach is a home to larger animals such as the white tipped sharks, the black tipped sharks and the spotted eagle rays.

The Bartolomé Islands like the others in the entire archipelago are a home to many different kinds of plants too. The plants such as tequila and the cacti are found in abundance over these islands. One can not only enjoy the presence of different plants and the animals found here, the Island, as mentioned above, is a beautiful place for photography.

5377676417_054b443f87_zAnother thing that makes this island special is that the Galapagos Penguins, known as the second smallest species of Penguins found across the world are known to have a small colony behind the Pinnacle Rocks on this island. It is thus found to be a special place where not only animals prefer to stay, but people would love to visit.

Like many other islands, this too has a lot to offer. If you are ever planning to travel to the Galapagos Islands, you cannot miss an opportunity to drop in here. The crescent beaches alongside the Pinnacle rock and the be4autiful wildlife that will keep your mind refreshed make this island worth a visit. Make sure you click a lot of photographs that will help you relive your memories of being there. It is indeed a beautiful place where one can surely make it to.

Being a part of the most beautiful and the most desired holiday destinations, the Bartolomé Islands has made its way to be among the best sites present here. There are a number of environmentalists and authors who have already stated that this can be one of the most beautiful sites in all of the Galapagos Islands. What are you waiting for? The island has everything that you are looking out for? Go ahead and book a tour now!

 

Galapagos Trip- The Best Attractions of Santa Cruz and Isabela Island

beachesThe Galapagos Islands can be considered as one among the top natural wonders of the World. They hold so much to attract people and compel them to opt for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Situated a few miles away from the mainland Ecuador, these Islands are home to nature’s most vague flora and fauna that are not found in any other part of the world. If you want to experience some of the most exciting sides of nature, this is the best place where you can spend a holiday amidst nature.

Every island that is a part of this group of islands has its own specialty that makes it a unique place to visit. If we go on talking about these, there would be an endless list of so many exciting things seen here. Along with nature, there are a number of adventurous things that one can take part in. Let us now concentrate on two of the most popular islands, the Santa Cruz Island and the Isabela Island that are famous among the tourists traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

Santa Cruz Island

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If you wish to be in the most central position between all the islands, the Santa Cruz Island is the best place you can think of. One among the only four islands that offer accommodation for visitors, this island is the best location to live in as it is easy to connect to every other island from here. Although it is not the largest island among the lot, it offers urban surroundings that make the stay extremely comfortable and commuting to the other islands becomes easier.

The Santa Cruz Islands have beautiful beaches where one can enjoy and also is a home to wildlife that most of the tourists wish to see. It also has the most famous Charles Darwin Research Center that is set up mainly to study the existence of animals and the history of the islands. You will get every minute detail about the nature on the Galapagos Islands here at this centre.

Apart from the wildlife and the Charles Darwin Research Centre, you can also participate in activities such as snorkeling and interacting with the underwater species, surfing over the waters and a walk through the lava tunnels spread across the islands.

Isabela Island

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The Isabela Island is known to be the largest among all the islands that are counted among the ones that are present here. This island is a home to a variety of wildlife watching opportunities where you can take a closer look at the world famous Galapagos Tortoises, penguins, Darwin’s Finches, marine iguanas and cormorants. The island is known for the unique geology it holds and the presence of six big volcanoes out of which 1 is still active.

The most famous tourist attractions here are the surface uplifts at Bolivar Channel and Urvina Bay along with the tuff cones at Tagus Coves. This island is also a home to a tortoise breeding center where you will see tiny tortoises moving about. Being a part of the enormous and most beautiful Galapagos Islands, this island too has a range of white sandy beaches and quiet lagoons where one can sit back and relax.

These two islands are only a tiny part of the entire group of islands that can be visited. A complete Galapagos Island Tour package can take one through the deep waters onto the islands that you might have not thought about. Although the Galapagos Islands have a lot to offer, one can be sure of experiencing the most exciting adventures and the beauty of nature over these two mini islands. The Santa Cruz Island being a central island can make commuting to other places easier and the Isabela Island, being the largest has a lot to offer. Thus, a trip to the Galapagos Islands would be useless if you skip these two islands.

A reputed tour operator will never let you miss an opportunity to experience the best. They will make sure that you get all the enjoyment that you may have paid for. Thus, it is usually found that a well planned Galapagos Island Tour always includes these two islands that will give you the best experience of a peaceful tour along with a few adventurous activities.

An Encounter with the Flightless Bird at Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, a part of Ecuador that lies in the waters, is the most famous holiday destination in the world. It is known for the natural beauty, conserved environment and the undiscovered species that lie under the thick forest covers. People have been visiting here mainly to take a look at the scenic beauty, the animals and birds and the different adventurous activities that are organized here. Although a Galapagos Island Tour is thought to be an expensive one, the memorable experience that you will get is worth paying for.

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Since these islands are known to be a home of wide range of species that may not be found anywhere else in the world, scientists and research people find this place to be the best to study the existence and the life of different species. Once, Dr. Gustavo Jimenez along with a team from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park went on an excursion to observe the flightless birds living here.

As they entered the rocky shore of the island, they came across a number of Galapagos Penguins. A few approached them cautiously, a few jumped into the water and the others were behaving quite indifferent with the presence of human beings around them. The team began the journey through Santa Cruz and then to Isabela.

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While the team was searching around the coastline cover with lava, they came across penguin nests that had eggs, chicks and even adults. This was a pleasing sight as they were happy to see a number of penguins are still seen around. This was due to the favorable climatic conditions that kept the water cool enough to be a home for the sardines, the main food for penguins. The team then moved on to the Marielas Islands which is located off the west coast of Isabela. This island is known to have the maximum number of penguins found across Galapagos. In order to check the size, weight and population, each penguin was caught individually and tagged so as to maintain the population count. The team caught around 78 penguins out of which 37 were already tagged.

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The next plan was to catch and record the existence of Flightless Cormorants. The team visited about three colonies across Punta Espinoza and Fernandina where they were to carry out the similar catch and release activity like they did for the penguins. They caught about 48 Flightless cormorants out of which only 9 were not tagged previously. This was alarming as the team observed that there was a very low population growth in these flightless birds.

The Galapagos Islands are frequently visited by such groups to make sure that the species are safe and the environment is kept favorable for them to live in. Since it is the best place to have a closer look at nature and different creatures, the Galapagos Islands can prove to be a wonderful holiday destination for those who would want to experience it. For all those who are interested in spending a vacation amidst nature, with fun and adventure and also a little educational stuff, the Galapagos Island vacation package is the best that will suit you and your needs!

List 10 of newly discovered species you didn’t Know Exist

We all know that there are varieties of animals, birds and plants that are found across the world. It has been centuries after the world actually came into existence and the first living being was formed. Ever since the first time a living thing wobbled around, there have been a lot of changes in the way things have been looking and the way they are today. There are a number of living things that have come into existence in all these years. We also know that a lot of them have become extinct leaving behind traces to show that they ever existed on planet earth. Years and centuries passed by and still there are lot more species of animals being discovered in different parts of the world. Let us take a look at a few recently discovered species that you might have never heard about before.

  1. Caprellidae (Skeleton Shrimps)                                                                        The Caprellidae belong to the family of amphipods and are commonly known as Skeleton Shrimps. As the name states, these are thin string like structure beings that cannot be distinguished when they are hidden among the seaweeds. Since they are said to virtually disappear, they are also known as the ghost shrimps. It was discovered among the various specimens collected from the cave on the island of Santa Catalina near the southern coast of California.

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2. Olinguito

The Olinguito is known as the smallest member of the raccoon family. It is known as a secretive tree living carnivore that is the first carnivore to be discovered in the western hemisphere in the past 35 years. There is an Oliguito present at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador that has been a species that is said to be a mixture of a raccoon and a teddy bear. Since this animal thoroughly depends on the cloud forest habitat, deforestation has proved to be a threat. You may grab a rare opportunity of spotting them while on Galapagos Ecuador  jungle tours.

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3. Andrill Anemone

The Andrill Anemone is a kind of Anemone that was found clinging to the lower side of the sea ice. Unlike the other anemones, this new species were found living upside down and clinging to the lower portion of the ice in Antarctica. These pale yellow bodies were found clinging to the ice while their two dozen tentacles were found dangling in the water below.

4. Domed Land Snail

The Domed Land Snail is a snail that actually does not have the shell pigmentation and hence you will find just a transparent shell like structure around it. These snails were found in complete darkness about 3,000 feet below the surface in the Lukina Jama-Trojana caves in western Croatia. These snails are used to live in the dark and hence they do not have eyes.

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5. Amoeboid Protist

This is a single celled organism that is considered to be a giant among the other single celled organisms that are found. This is because although it has a single cell, its size measures up to 4 to 5 centimeters. They were first discovered in underwater caves that are present miles away from the southeast coast of Spain.

6. Orange Penicillium

The Orange Penicillium also known as the Penicillium vanoranjei in scientific terms is a type of a fungus that was first discovered in the soil in Tunisia. It is distinguished from the other fungi due to the bright orange color that it displays while in the colonies.

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7. Kaweesak’s Dragon Tree

This is a 12 meter tall tree that is found in the Limestone Mountain region in Loei and Lop Buri areas in Thailand. This tree has long and soft sword like leaves with white edges. This tree has cream colored flowers with bright orange filaments.

8. Leaf Tailed Gecko

A leaf tailed gecko is a lizard like animal that has a short tail shaped like a leaf. This species is said to be endemic to Madagascar, i.e. it is found only there and in no other place in the world. It is not an easy task to spot a leaf tailed Gecko as it has a sleek body with large eyes and a color that can help it to blend with the surroundings. It is usually found in the rainforests and rocky regions. Since, only a few leaf tailed geckos could actually be spotted, it is considered to be a rare species.

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Tinkerbell Fairyfly

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly which is known to be counted among the smallest insects is just about 250 micrometers small. This species has been seen as an addition to the 1400 or so already known species of the family. The Tinkerbell fairyfly was found at the LaSelva Biological Station in Costa Rica.

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The discovery of these new species has given us a hope that this is not the end! There is a lot more that nature can offer us with. Change in climatic conditions and the evolution in various present species has been bringing about changes and discovery of many such species. Keep an eye on all that you see! You never know it may just move and that could be a new discovery for the world to know!