As you start planning the perfect cruise to the Galapagos Islands, make sure you’re filling up your itinerary with several exciting activities and adventures. Many people head to the Galapagos Islands to spend a few days in nature and relax in untouched territory. Most of the island remains untouched so you can see it from the eyes of early discovery. Here are some things you can do to make it the ultimate Galapagos adventure.

Guided Nature Tour of North Seymour Island

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This glorious natural territory is home to the largest colony of frigatebirds on the island. These blue-footed birds have a unique courtship ritual where the males inflate their distinctive red gular pouch, which they inflate to attract females – you may be able to witness firsthand during your guided tour. North Seymour Island is almost entirely covered with vegetation, which is why you’ll find all sorts of land and marine iguanas, garden eels, and other animals across the land. Hiking and snorkeling are popular activities here so you’ll want to plan at least a day on the water and a day on land.

Kayaking Excursions on Santa Fe Island

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Santa Fe Island is a hotbed of endemic species and is the perfect destination for swimming, kayaking, and other water activities. You’ll probably see sea lions on the beaches around Barrington Bay before you head out for a guided surfing lesson. Hawks, snakes, finches, and mockingbirds are common around these parts so you can expect to see a variety of wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. 

Shopping in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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If you’re looking for a taste of culture and local history, make your way to the waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on Santa Cruz island. This is about as commercial as you will get in the Galapagos and is where you’ll find a few local shops, luxury hotel accommodations and a visitor’s center where you can learn more about the islands.