What No One Tells You About Traveling to the Galapagos Islands

If you want to marvel at unparalleled wildlife and incredible terrain, look no further than the Galapagos Islands. Made up of 19 rugged and isolated islands, the archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is considered to be a unique place on earth that’s completely unrivaled. It’s the home of animals like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, seals, and penguins, and unlike most places, these creatures are easy to spot. In fact, it’s a place where humans are not the center of attention.

The Galapagos isn’t a destination you can book last-minute, though. Doris Welsh the director of sales and marketing at the Galapagos Network and Ecoventura Tours says it requires serious planning, but with some foresight, it can be one of the most rewarding trips you make in your life. Here’s what you need to know before your travels in terms of getting there, how to get around, and what to bring to ensure you have the best time.