Fernandina Island

Wildlife and Adventures on the Galápagos Archipelago Using PathWrangler

Screen shot of Galápagos Islands Itinerary mapped out in Pathwrangler.

600 miles off the coast of Ecuador’s mainland is the remote Galápagos Archipelago.  Over 30 islands and dozens of islets with white sandy beaches make up this national park. It is home to such species as giant tortoise, sea and land iguanas, birds and over 400 types of fish.

Made famous by Charles Darwin, this part of the world still has wildlife thriving on the islands, flying above them and swimming in the waters around them.  There are limitless chances to observe some of the earth’s most unique animal species in their natural habitat as well as rare flora and fauna.

The adventures available in these enchanted islands can all be made into reality by using PathWrangler.

Screenshot of the ease of building a Galápagos Islands trip in PathWrangler.

Baltra Island (South Seymour) and North Island- The entry point to the Galápagos Islands. Baltra is dry and flat and North Island has a rocky coastline consisting of white coral and black lava rocks.
Wildlife: Blue-footed boobies, frigite birds, sea lions, pacific green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks
Adventures: hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving

Bartolome Island- A barren island known for its needle shaped lava formation called Pinnacle Rock. The underwater rock formations make it ideal for snorkeling.
Wildlife: Green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins
Adventures: hiking, snorkeling

Española Island- The oldest and most remote island in the chain. Due to this seclusion the wildlife adapted to the environment and marine iguanas are the only ones that change color during the breeding season.
Wildlife: Waved Albatross, blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, masked boobies, Galápagos hawks, marine iguanas
Adventures: snorkeling

Fernandina Island- Still an active volcanic island it is the youngest and being the furthest out, it is also the least visited.
Wildlife: Galápagos hawks, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, cormorants
Adventures: hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving

Floreana Island- Long before tourists landed on the greenish tinged beach made of olivine crystals this extinct volcanic island was visited by whalers and pirates.  The native flora is in great quantity due to the rich soil that developed from the eroding volcano.
Wildlife: Boobies, Galápagos penguins, sea lions, flamingos, sea turtles, Galápagos sharks, hammer head sharks, stingrays and tree finches
Adventures: hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving

Genovesa Island- Shrouded in fog with a rocky coastline this island is known as the bird island.
Wildlife: red-footed boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, tropic birds, sea lions, hammerhead sharks, short-eared owls
Adventures: hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving

Isabela Island- The largest of the islands is over a million years old and is shaped like a seahorse.  It’s the only one to have the equator run across it.
Wildlife: Batfish, octopus, Galápagos sharks, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, stingrays, sea turtles, flamingos, Alcedo tortoise, boobies
Adventures: surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving

Marchena Island- Due to its sensitive ecosystem this island is off limits to visitors, but has good diving sites around it.
Wildlife: variety of sea life
Adventures: scuba diving

San Cristobal Island- This well developed island is named in honor of Christopher Columbus, is the capitol of the Galápagos and has El Junco, the only fresh water lagoon in the archipelego.
Wildlife: Batfish, octopus, Galápagos sharks, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, stingrays, sea turtles, flamingos, Alcedo tortoise, boobies.
Adventures: surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking mountain bike

Santa Cruz Island- Not only does this island have a large tortoise population, but Charles Darwin’s research station is located here as well.
Wildlife: Batfish, octopus, Galápagos sharks, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, stingrays, sea turtles, flamingos, Alcedo tortoise, boobies
Adventures: hiking, camping, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking

Santiago Island- Lacking in shade and covered in mostly black rock, it tends to get hotter than the other islands. Feral goats have turned this once vegetation rich terrain into a barren landscape.  Back in the 17th and 18th centuries it was a popular place for pirates to stash their booty.
Wildlife: Batfish, octopus, Galápagos sharks, cormorants, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, rays, sea turtles, flamingos, Alcedo tortoise, boobies
Adventures: surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving

The following Ecuador based cruise companies can get you to these islands to interact with the wildlife and experience the adventures.

With PathWrangler’s itineraries and maps you can effortlessly plan your Galápagos Island cruise to as many islands as you like.  Then share these itineraries and trip planning updates with your travel companions.

There are so many islands and creatures to explore that the time spent here could be endless.  The Galápagos are probably on every traveler’s bucket list.  I know they’re on mine.