Today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* inspiration features *The Galapagos Islands*
This exotic destination is for the intrepid couple who love to observe wildlife and who want a sense of adventure.
My husband visited The Galapagos on a family holiday and maintains that this was his favourite destination of all time, therefore Mr Sparkle Pearls and Lace will be writing today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* post.
The Galapagos is a destination like no other. It consists of an archipelago of 18 main islands that straddle the equator some 500 miles into the Pacific off the coast of Ecuador.
It teems with wildlife with some species unique to the the islands themselves. The two main attractions of the destination are firstly that the wildlife has never been extensively hunted by man, meaning that they have no instinctive fear, allowing you to walk within a few metres of the animals!
Secondly each island has its own unique charm. Some islands are still volcanically active, whilst others are much older. This creates a huge variety of landscapes, meaning you could be in sub-tropical forest in the morning, a lava field in the afternoon and on powder white beach in the evening. The beaches themselves offer huge variety, ranging from white to golden to red to black!
Your experience in the Galapagos will traditionally entail flying from Ecuador into either Baltra or San Cristobal islands before you meet up with your boat. Although there are a limited number of hotels, by far the best way of seeing the islands is by boat, as you can take in the full variety of the landscapes and wildlife whilst your boat cruises between islands overnight. Boats vary in size from about 16 passengers up to about 100. Smaller boats provide a more intimate experience though the larger boats will have more facilities and may be better for those who suffer from sea sickness.
The wildlife attractions of the Galapagos can be split primarily into marine life and birdlife. The birdlife includes the rather oddly named blue footed booby and red footed booby.
The Albatross has a spectacular wingspan and can often be seen circling overhead whilst pelicans, penguins and cormorants peruse the shoreline.
Marine Iguanas are unique to the Galapagos and have a reddish tinge to their scales whilst the land iguanas are darker in colour and can often be seen sunbathing. The snorkelling and swimming can be spectacular with crystal clear waters offering an unforgettable experience of swimming with Sea Turtles and playful Seals.
On the beaches meanwhile Sea Lions bathe on the sands and large flocks of pink Flamingos come together at inland lakes to feed.
In summary the Galapagos is a beautiful and fascinating destination that is a wildlife lover’s paradise. Although it is an expensive destination, it really is worth it for the trip of a lifetime. If you have any time (and budget) left over you could combine the Galapagos with some time in Ecuador itself, home to the scenic ‘avenue of the volcanos’ and Amazon jungle lodges, or you could venture a little further afield to neighbouring Peru, home to the stunning Machu Picchu.
A huge thanks to my lovely husband for writing today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* post!
*Next week | Havana, Cuba*