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Safari Experiences Around the World

Elizabeth_Gordon | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Elizabeth_Gordon

These amazing destinations get me excited about all the possibilities and all the experiences that can be found around the world for a safari-lover like me.

Cruising the Galapagos Islands Is a Voyage Back in Time

George Hobica | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Our rubber craft landed on the rocky shore of this island, one of several the ship visits on its various itineraries, and we were immediately greeted by a troop of sea lions, one of which plopped down on the path in front of us, blocking our way -- not menacingly, just lazily.

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

What's the Most Exotic Cocktail You've Ever Had?

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

One of the finest ways to immerse yourself in local cultures while traveling is through dining and drinking -- sampling regional fare and wine and mixing and eating with locals. In Galápagos, where wilderness reigns, there are still plenty of ways to discover regional flavors.

The Strange Times of Tortoise #21

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

In the 1960's the director of the nascent Charles Darwin Research Station found that the Española tortoises, slaughtered by the thousands by 18th-century whalers, were on the verge of extinction.

Rescue Mission Underway to Save Mangrove Finches

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Like most babies, these new arrivals require a lot of attention. While they wait in their incubators for one of their 16 daily feedings, they listen to the recorded voices of their parents. They are fed a special formula of papaya, scrambled eggs and insects. Insects?

Galápagos Park Rangers Protect Nesting Turtles, Mating Sea Lions

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They are like ninjas, dressed completely in black, spying and moving stealthily in the night to avoid detection. These are not military commandos, but rather a trio of Galápagos National Park rangers, backed up by an international group of volunteers, monitoring the nesting activities of green sea turtles.

An Underwater Tour Of The Galápagos Islands

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

By Chaney Kwak, CNTraveler.com The Galápagos Islands recently landed on our list of Top 10 Islands in Australia and the Pacific, and no wonder. The ...

4 Great Travel Adventures In Latin America

VOXXI | Susana G. Baumann | Posted 06.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Have you gone snorkeling in the reefs, biking in the mountains or kayaking in a bay or river? Maybe hiked around historic sites or experienced a c...

In Close With Wild & Strange Galápagos Creatures

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Galápagos wildlife is famous for lacking an instinct to flee human presence. Oftentimes sea lions will jump off the rocks where they're sunning themselves to swim with snorkelers. Blue-footed boobies will build nests in the middle of a trail.

Quito's Strangest Museum Is Definitely Off the Beaten Path

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 07.20.2013 | Travel
Elyssa Pachico

For tourists who are visiting Ecuador and can't afford a trip to the Galapagos, the giant tortoise shell in Rodrigo Dueñas' recently opened science museum in downtown Quito is a good way to get close.

Animal Adventurer Bucket List Hotel Guide (PHOTOS)

Kensington Tours | Posted 04.18.2013 | Travel
Kensington Tours

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The New, And Frankly Much Better, Braniff

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.09.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The next day I join the Carrs for tours of the Charles Darwin Research Station (a short walk from the Red Mangrove), to a lava tunnel the size of a subway, to a giant tortoise preserve, and the beach at El Garrapatero Parque Nacional for sunset.

PHOTOS: Adorable Strangeness On Bird Island

The GypsyNesters | Posted 02.25.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

There is a six-foot boundary law for all animals on the islands. As humans, it was our duty to keep that distance even though the birds, who approached us regularly didn't seem to care about the rule.

The Galápagos on Your Bucket List? What You Need to Know to Go Post-50

The GypsyNesters | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

The Galápagos Islands have long been on our bucket list. Finally tuition-free when our youngest graduated from college, we treated ourselves to the adventure of a lifetime.

Galapagos Islands: Dos and Don'ts

Kris LoPresto | Posted 10.01.2012 | Travel
Kris LoPresto

The islands are right smack on the equator, give or take a degree or two. The weather is usually a balmy 87 degrees, but it feels like it's 95 and the sun is relentless.

6 Extraordinary Island Hopping Adventures

Kensington Tours | Posted 09.27.2012 | Travel
Kensington Tours

Time spent exploring these often overlooked isles is guaranteed to satisfy your wanderlust, no matter how bad the itch.

PHOTOS: On The Lookout For Galápagos Wildlife

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 04.24.2012 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

With few natural predators, the wildlife here has never had reason to fear visitors, so they go about their normal routines in the presence of humans.

Extinct Tortoise Could Be Back From The Dead

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.17.2012 | Science

Extinct or just hiding out? A long-lost species of the gigantic, slow-moving Galapagos tortoise that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of natural selec...

Prince Charles To Build On Darwin's Islands

Posted 11.14.2011 | Travel

Prince Charles will help guide the construction of 1,000 eco-friendly houses on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz, long a destination for tourists e...

Six Odd Animals of Galapagos

David Mizejewski | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

It got me thinking about my trip to Galapagos, specifically how odd and interesting the wildlife is there, and how strange it is to be around wild animals that have such little fear of people.

Is Ecotourism Sustainable?

Matthew Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Matthew Long

Last year I actually won a sweepstakes for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Beyond Darwin, I knew nothing of the archipelago. However, my week touring this eco-wonder changed my life and perception of ecotourism forever.

Lessons from Darwin - We're Still Evolving

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Papantonio

Birds, sea lions, and iguanas take from their surroundings only what they need to live. On the other hand, the more evolved human is locus-like in the way they interact with their community.