A 2-day-old baby sea lion checks out our camera.
During our adventures in South America we travelled to one of the planet’s most remarkable destinations, the Galapagos Islands, and spent nearly 3 weeks exploring the archipelago.
This is a place that defies belief. Where wildlife has no fear of humans, conservation is the most important consideration and every day is filled with ‘bucket list’ moments.
We never thought anywhere would come close to the wonders and majestic splendour of Antarctica. The Galapagos rivalled it.
Where else in the world can you swim with penguins, snorkel with sharks, dive with marine iguanas, walk next to giant tortoises and admire incredible sunsets all in the same day?
Rather than confine ourselves to one island and do day trips from there, we joined two incredible cruises with the tour operator Ecoventura, which took us out to the remote locations that can only be reached when doing live-aboard boat adventures.
Being on their luxury yachts allowed us to visit places completely on our own. We went days without seeing a single other tourist besides the dozen or so on our boats. This also meant that for most of the time, we had the unique wildlife all to ourselves.
This is the magic of the Galapaogos Islands in pictures.
A baby sea lion gives a cheeky look to the camera on Espanola Island.
Footprints next to marine iguana tracks on one of the stunning beaches on Santa Cruz Island.
Snorkelling with dozens of sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands is almost a guarantee.
Two blue-footed boobies do their mating dance on the island of San Cristobal.
Two bottlenose dolphins jump out of the wake from the bow of our ship.
The land iguanas on the Galapagos Islands are huge, and very relaxed around humans.
A stunning sunset on Rabida Island, known for its red beaches.
On Espanola Island you can see albatrosses up close and personal. These birds have the largest wingspan of any other bird on the planet.
Two marine iguanas hug on Fernandina Island.
A Nazca booby nurtures its young on Genovesa Island.
Standing on the edge of a rocky cliff. The volcanic coastlines on the Galapagos Islands are remarkable!
A harem (which is the collective noun for a group of females with one male) of sea lions chilling on a white sand beach on San Cristobal Island.
Jazza hanging out with a giant tortoise on Santa Cruz.
Pink flamingoes flock to the Galapagos Islands every year. We found this one on Santa Cruz Island.
In the Galapagos you get cacti growing right on the beach. A pretty incredible thing to see!
A mother sea lion checks on her baby on Espanola Island.
The Galapagos Islands are home to three types of ‘boobies’ – Red-footed, blue-footed and Nazca boobies. This juvenile red-footed booby was resting on a tree on Genovesa Island.
One of the most famous views in the Galapagos Islands is overlooking Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island. A short hike has you at the top.
Where else in the world can you go swimming with penguins this close to you?
Or have sea lions come up to check out your GoPro like this?
Walking through a mess (an perfect collective noun if ever we’ve heard one) of marine iguanas on Fernandina Island. You need to watch your footing everywhere you go in the Galapagos!
A sea lion stares us down in front of Ecoventura’s Origin yacht.
Admiring the views over Bartolome Island.
A lonesome marine iguana crosses the beach on Santa Cruz.
One of the best activities to check try is kayaking in the Galapagos Islands. You can see the iconic Kicker Rock in the background here.
You’ve heard of sea lions, but have you ever heard of a tree lion? In the Galapagos you can even find sea lions hanging out on branches in the mangroves of Isabella Island.
One of the most common birds you’ll see flying around your ship is the magnificent frigate bird.
The Galapagos Islands are home to the only penguin colonies north of the equator.
A stunning sunset over San Cristobal, the capital of the Galapagos Islands.
Our journey to the Galapagos Islands was made possible as part of our partnership with Ecoventura. All thoughts, opinions and thousands of pictures of baby sea lions are, as always, our own.
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