Galapagos Islands

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Blue footed boobies on the Galapagos Islands

Blue footed boobies on the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a rare, unique and utterly extraordinary experience where the wildlife is concerned.

If I were to give extra credit, the Galapagos Islands would get another star.

If you’re looking for rich cultural experiences you would be better off staying in Ecuador, but if you’re interested in wildlife you won’t do better than the Galapagos Islands.

To learn more about adventure travel experiences in Ecuador you can visit that page.

The bottom line: In a nutshell, the reason people go to the Galapagos Islands is for the wildlife viewing experiences, and they are absolutely phenomenal.

Exotic Adventure Travel Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

What could be more exotic than getting up close and personal with some of the most interesting wildlife you’ll ever see?

Go nose to nose with a Galapagos giant tortoise, sunbath with curious sea lions and walk right up to a blue-footed booby and introduce yourself.

The beautiful coastline and clear blue water are punctuated with interesting rock formations like the arch off Wolf Island, and the volcanic origins of these islands offer spectacular landscapes.

The wildlife alone, whether on land or in the sea, provides more than enough exotic justification for seeking adventure in the Galapagos Islands, and the incredible landscapes are just icing on the cake.

Cultural Adventure Travel Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ – 2 adventure travel stars

There are no indigenous peoples on the Galapagos Islands and you’re not going to find the fine museums or exquisite architecture here. You’ll have to go to mainland Ecuador for that.

The two stars are pretty much for the culture inherent in the wonderful people from the mainland who inhabit these islands.

Adventure Travel Activity Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

When compared to other places reviewed on this website, you may wonder why the Galapagos Islands was given five stars when they don’t have near the variety of activities as other places that received fewer stars.

Quite simply, I made an exception because the quality of the wildlife adventure travel experiences here are so extraordinarily high that it made up for the lack of variety. And that’s why people come to the Galapagos Islands’ the wildlife.

Here are the activities you can look forward to on the Galapagos Islands.


  • Canoeing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing


  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Bicycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching


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