In most traveler’s minds, the Galapagos Islands are a living zoo, a wondrous treasure trove of natural splendor that’s home to some of the rarest and most gorgeous wildlife on the planet. That’s one hundred percent true, but if that’s your only conception of the Galapagos Islands, then you’re missing out.
What you may not know is that the Galapagos Islands are home to more than just giant tortoises. More than 25,000 people actually live on the island itself, which is home to a variety of lavish (and modest) hotels and a vibrant bar scene. It’s not just about taking nature cruises on liveaboard boats.
Of course, it might be wise to schedule your Galapagos Islands trip while there are rooms available. According to the Washington Post, “In the first half of 2015, a majority of the 113,613 visitors stayed on one of the islands, an 8 percent rise from the previous year.”
These aren’t vacations for the rich and famous, either. Thanks to Ecuador’s welcoming attitude towards tourism, the price of a trip to the Galapagos is probably more affordable than you imagine. It’s like a beach vacation in a national park, a lounging trip surrounded by animals you can find nowhere else in the world.
Kind of makes the Bahamas look passé, huh?