27 photos that will transport you to the Galápagos Islands

Written By: The Planet D

A visit to the Galapagos is like no other place on earth.

An archipelago of volcanic islands straddling the equator in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are famous for their numerous endemic species.

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The Galapagos Islands in Photos

The Galapagos Islands are often referred to as a living museum and once you witness the photos below, you will understand why.

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The turquoise waters on the Galapagos Islands

Once you’ve visited the Galapagos, you’ll be spoiled for all other travels.

Galapagos Blue-Footed Boobies

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Blue footed boobies in the Galapagos

Here, wildlife will approach you or casually ignore you as you pass by. They have no need to fear humans as it is a protected marine reserve.

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Blue footed boobies are some of the more interesting birds found on the Galapagos Islands

Just a little bit more about the Galapagos Islands…

Located a thousand miles off the shore of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth.

Their isolation and the fact that they are located at the confluence of three ocean currents has led to the development of many one-of-a-kind species.

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Blue footed boobies sitting on rocks

You’ll see animals found nowhere else in the world like the giant tortoise and the marine iguana.

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The Galapagos Marine Iguana is only found here.

It was after a visit to the Galapagos Islands that Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution.

The Sierra Negre Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos
The Sierra Negre Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos
Saving the Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos on Santa Cruz
Saving the Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos on Santa Cruz
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The Galapagos Penguin..Yes there are penguins in the Galapagos Islands.

Sea Lions on the Galapagos Islands

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Sea Lions on the Galapagos Islands
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Galapagos baby sea lion
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A sea lion emerges from the water
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A sleeping sea lion in the Galapagos
The Deserted White Sand beaches of the Galapagos Islands
The Deserted White Sand beaches of the Galapagos Islands
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The Giant Tortoise is everywhere on the Galapagos Islands. Especially on Santa Cruz and Isabela Island.
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Pelicans patrol the water in the islands.
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Looking over the caldera on Isabela Island
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A closeup of the Marine Iguana in the Galapagos Islands
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Don’t do it! A Crab tempts fate on the shores of Isabela Island
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Kicker Rock where you can dive with sharks.
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The Galapagos Frigate Bird
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This is what dinner time looks like on Santa Cruz Island
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The Wall of Tears of Isabela Island
The White tipped reef shark in the Galapagos
The White tipped reef shark in the Galapagos
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The resident crabs are so colourful.
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Enjoying the deserted islands of the Galapagos
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We hope you enjoyed our photo story of the Galapagos.

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If you have the opportunity to visit one day, take it. It’s one of the most extraordinary vacation destinations on the planet.

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The Galapagos Islands are often referred to as a living museum and once you witness the photos below, you'll understand why.They are unlike any other place on earth.

Read More:

Galapagos Tortoise, the Gentle Giant
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The Dark History of the Galapagos Islands

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About The Planet D

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27 thoughts on “27 photos that will transport you to the Galápagos Islands”

  1. Very nice photos! Great sceneries! All pics discuss their beauty itself. Galapagos is one of the great places for wildlife and Landscape photography.

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  2. Beautiful photography, can you please let us know what type of camera and lenses you used, what would you recommend, telephoto? or just a zoom lense. Would a wide angle come in handy at any time?

    It would be amazing if you could send some presets and lenses configurations used.

    Please send me your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Andre

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  3. Your photos are amazing!
    I just love Ecuador. I made my trip with the tour operator Gulliver Expeditions from Quito, they were amazing.
    If you love nature, adventure, mountains, animals and of course the Galapagos Islands, I really recommend you to go to Ecuador.
    Greetings from Germany
    Ursi

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  4. Very amazing photos , my foverigte is “The resident crabs are so colourful.” really unknown creature like so really unknown creature like so bad warrior.

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  5. Great photo choices – especially love the detail in the photo of the iguana. The eye is so intricate. Such an amazing set of islands 🙂

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  6. Great photos! However the display is so large that my 15 inch laptop screen can not display all of one photo at a time, making it hard to fully appreciate the photo. I think the layout would work much better on a desk top.

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  7. Such unspoilt beauty. Hope Galapos stays untouched by human over-population-visitation and pollution. We need placed on the planet that remains undisturbed by human craziness.

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    • I hope so too! It’s becoming more difficult to keep destinations pristine, but with more travellers thinking about conservation and responsible tourism, the demand for taking care of a place is growing. Hopefully the Galapagos stays beautiful

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  8. Beautiful photos, hard to pick a favorite but here goes. I really like the front shot of the turtle and also the pelican. Of course the beach photos are great but I am a sucker for a beautiful beach. Like the new layout also.

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  9. Very amazing photos , my foverigte is “The resident crabs are so colourful.” really unknown creature like so really unknown creature like so bad warrior.

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    • Great addition. I forgot about the crabs, but you are so right, they are very colourful. I believe we have a picture or two of them as well. we should have dug that one out! Great addition.

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    • Thanks Becky. The Galapagos is pretty spectacular. I hope you get there one day. It took us over a decade of travel before we finally made it, so I’m sure you’ll make it a part of your travels one day.

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  10. Thanks for sharing these incredible photos. The seal on the bench is classic! The close-up of the Giant Tortoise feels as if he is about to impart a nugget of wisdom.

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    • Thanks for the kind words. Isn’t that priceless. The Sea Lions on San Cristobal have taken over the beach front as their own. It’s adorable.

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  11. Haha! And totally agree with Laura, the animals do look like they’re talking. For me, the 7th picture with the penguin puffing it’s chest out is just so proud of him/herself!

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  12. The Galapagos look SO AMAZING!! I’m so annoyed that I wasn’t able to get there on my recent 5 month journey of South America. I didn’t even get to Ecuador for that matter!

    That photo of the seal on the bench is awesome. The human and natural look like they intertwine in such an amazing fashion there. Love it!

    Gabe

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    • That’s the way it goes isn’t it? We’ve had that happen so many times, when we are in a certain part of the world and then miss something spectacular. The good thing about the Galapagos is that it really is a destination unto itself, so you can always go back!

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  13. Wow! such a good eye for taking photos. But I got to say, for some of them I imagined the animals talking. Like the first one photo with a “grumpy Galapagos tortoise”.

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