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.

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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!

 

Top 5 Amazing Tourist Attractions in Galapagos Islands

Ecuador, a well known land of scenic beauty, colonial cities, a wide pacific coastline and the beautiful Galapagos Islands, is one of the most preferred tourist destinations across the world. It is rightly called the “Land of Eternal Spring”. It gives us an opportunity to go deep into nature and experience the most adventurous forms of tours and sports that include the most amazing Galapagos Island Tours.

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With many people wanting to visit this place, there are a number of tour packages available that would suit each ones interest, needs and budget. Ecuador has a lot to offer in the form of nature, beauty, activity, architecture and adventurous outdoors. With the most welcoming environment of this Spanish speaking country that makes us of the US Dollar as its currency, there is no difficulty in availing transportation within this beautiful scenic place. The most important 5 things that you cannot afford to miss while you are out on an Ecuador Tour.

1. Nature

This is the most important factor that the country is known for. With a part of the great Amazon Rain Forests being present here, you would find a variety of species of flora and fauna that would not be found anywhere else in the world. The well known Galapagos Island tour begins from here. These islands have unique species of plants and animals among which a few are recently discovered. Whether it is a Galapagos Island Holiday Tour that you have preferred, or a single day trip, these islands have a lot to offer to make your trip a memorable one.

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2.Activities

Ecuador is a home to one of the most idyllic Beaches known as the one in the town of Montanita. This gives you an opportunity to surf and relax yourself while you get an opportunity to disappear in the laidback rhythms of the beautiful sleepy paradise. This beach is crowned as the best beach in Ecuador where one can enjoy the relaxing climate along with surfing.

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Snorkeling in Galapagos Islands

3.Shopping

You would find a wide range of alpaca products such as bracelets, sweaters, blankets and many more. These top quality woven textile products have been protected and promoted ever since the early 1950s. This market takes you through narrow lanes of bright colors and most importantly, makes it easy for you to purchase with the US Dollars you may be having in your pockets.

4. Architectur

Ecuador being surrounded by the enormous Andean Mountains is a home to many historical places and monuments. You will come across many such places while walking across the streets. One among these architectural beauties is the Nueva Cathedral; a landmark built in 1880 and is inspired by the Roman form of architecture. It was being built to be the largest church in South America. But, a few technical errors held it back from reaching this goal. Many such architectural masterpieces are a part of the attraction that Ecuador holds.

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5.Outdoor Adventures

There are many destinations in Ecuador that will take you through lush green fields and mountains, plunging waterfalls and the hot springs. One among them is the Banos. One can look up to this place when searching for nature based adventures. There are tours arranged along with us trips that take you through the narrow cliffs and to a height from where you would be able to take a closer look at the waterfalls. These packages also include exciting sports such as bungee jumping that will take you down and back up through the deep green mountain valleys. Banos has a number of natural hot water springs where you can relax yourself after a complete day of adventure.

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All these above things and a lot to add into it are waiting for you at Ecuador. The Galapagos Island Tours include the rides through the rain forest that introduces you to a new world of flora and fauna that you might have never seen before. The adventurous sports and rides make your journey even more exciting. The lush green fields and mountains covered with tree tops let you spend your holiday with lot of peace amidst nature. As seen above it also gives us an opportunity to go out shopping and purchase the woven textile articles and the lanes take us through many historical places and monuments as well.

Facts about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands – [PPT]

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Charles Darwin’s Young Age photograph

Charles Robert Darwin the naturalist and the biologist is famous for his “Theory Of Evolution”. Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England on 12th February 1809. He came from a long line of family of scientist, his father R. W. Darwin was famous doctor and his grandfather was botanist. From childhood Darwin had fond of exploring the nature, studying animals and observing their behavior was his niche of interest. Darwin’s father thought he will follow his steps and will be a medical doctor, but at the age of 18 Darwin took admission to Christ’s college for Bachelor of Arts.

In 1831 Darwin started his famous five year survey voyage around the world. The main aim was to study and research on zoology. Darwin visited Galapagos Islands while on voyage and did study on finches and the giant tortoises.

Darwin found that there was difference in the appearance of the animals of the same species depending on their habitat; from this research he came up with the most revolutionary theory science has ever seen “The Theory Of Evolution”.

Spring Break 2014 in Galapagos and Ecuador – Discover Nature’s Treasure

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Take a break & enjoy the spring break of 2014 in the Galapagos and Ecuador. Spring Break 2014 is happening in schools and universities in U.S. and other countries. And hence, @naturegalapagos invites you to spend all these vacations with the nature.

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Taste the Ecuadorian Voyage in 4 Different Flavors

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Ecuador is an amazing country situated in the northwestern part of South American Continent. With the Pacific Ocean outline on the west and pitch green forests on the east, the country has all the smoky elements to attract more number of tourists every year. There are few places that truly amaze you with their eternal beauty. The country is filled with exemplary museums, exquisite churches, exploding volcanoes, tropical rainforest and the greatest of them all The River Amazon. Tourists can truly experience the straddle equator of Mother Earth and her awesomeness. You could take away great travel memories with you when you visit the country. Some of those places are listed below. Continue reading Taste the Ecuadorian Voyage in 4 Different Flavors

5 Best Tourist Destinations in Ecuador You Must See Before You Die

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The Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in the South American continent. It shares its border with Peru on the east and south, Colombia on the north and the west is covered …

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Darwin Island – The last pieces of heaven left on Earth

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Darwin Island or Isla Darwin is one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. The island is named in honor of Charles Darwin. The island has no dry landing sites and the only accessible way is to visit the place through a helicopter. The main attraction of the island is found in the Pacific ocean which is full of amazing marine life. The exceptional underwater life of the Darwin Island is an important reason that trips to Galapagos are so famous and are the most favorite vacation spot for divers and adventure freak across the globe. Darwin Island is also considered as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. Darwin island is also known as Culpepper Island named after the famous naturalist and English Lord Culpepper. Continue reading Darwin Island – The last pieces of heaven left on Earth