Adventure Sports at a Single Destination – The Galapagos Islands
If you are a travel enthusiast then you must have heard of Galapagos Islands which are located in the Pacific Ocean and are in the control Of Ecuador. These Galapagos Islands are actually an archipelago of more than 20 islands. But do you want to know what’s so special about them? There are many adventurous activities that you can enjoy in the Galapagos. While planning some hardcore adventure for your holidays, you probably search for the best scuba diving destinations or for the best mountain trekking destinations. If you are a nature lover then you wish to spend your summers amidst the wildlife and forests. But what if you could get all of these at a single place?
Go river rafting in the waters surrounding Galapagos
Galapagos Islands are surrounded in the deep and mysterious Pacific waters. River Rafting and snorkeling are one of the most popular and adventurous water sports available there. River rafting is really fun in the Galapagos waters considering the abundance of wildlife that you encounter while exploring the waters. Tourists are provided with safety jackets, headgear and other river rafting equipment. You can hop on the boat and have the thrill of your life with the river rafting when so many sea lions, penguins and seals will be swimming around you. The best part about Galapagos Islands is that the wildlife there isn’t afraid of humans and you can have close encounter with them. If you are lucky, you will get to see blue webbed feet ducks which are very popular among tourists. The river rafting and boating experience in Galapagos is memorable.
Thrill yourself by trekking in the dense forests
The Galapagos Islands have a strange combination of landscape which consists of mountains, subtropical areas as well as dense forests. Exotic plant specimens and trees which are unique to these islands can be seen on the trekking expedition. You will get to spend some time in traditions `cabanas’ which are temporary accommodations built on the forest treks. These cabanas offer some good facilities like sleeping blankets etc. You could see the wild birds, chameleons, Galapagos (tortoises) and many other animals which aren’t found anywhere else. Just take a pair of binoculars with you and savor the raw trekking experience in the forests. Such expeditions are organized by local tourist guides too.
Experience mountain climbing on the volcanic peaks
All the islands of Galapagos like Isabela and Santa Cruz are made up of volcanic activities inside the Pacific Ocean near the equator. Therefore all of the islands have volcanic peaks and lots of craters too. The beautiful volcanic mountains are one of the chief attractions in the Galapagos Islands. The mountain peaks are dormant for a lot of time in the year. You could hire a local mountaineering guide and go for mountain climbing. During the mountain climbing you could camp on various bases and study the formation of these islands. The mountaineering experience is awesome due to the clear sky and pleasant temperature of these islands.
Scuba Diving is best done in the Galapagos Islands
Scuba diving is one of the most anticipated events whenever you are on a trip to these Galapagos Islands. Excellent scuba diving facilities are available in this archipelago. The scuba diving instructors help you in this and you could even engage in underwater photography of various fishes, Galapagos (special breed of tortoises), whales, star fishes. You could even collect the shells and star fishes as memorabilia. You will get to see the deep waters with so many varieties of aquatic animals that will be swimming freely around you. You will see seals and sea lions swimming in the deep waters at a distance of few centimeters from you. The Galapagos Islands are a paradise for nature lovers.
Go on historical expedition on bikes
For the history lovers, these Galapagos Islands hold a lot of secrets. You could enroll yourself in a historic expedition tour there in which you will get to see old memorable places visited by famous people. Usually these tourists are given bikes for these types of tours and you get to visit the Inca sites in this archipelago. It’s believed by many historians that one of the oldest Inca civilizations visited the Galapagos Islands for the first time. You could also visit the places that famous biologist Darwin visited during his trip to Galapagos. Old naval bases built during the time of Second World War are also worth to see. There are many legends attached with the air force and naval bases too. Your tourist guide will tell you stories about headless gringa etc.