Almost everyone knows of these wonderful islands, home to numerous (and very tame) seabirds, the famous Darwin's Finches, Giant Tortoises and Iguanas. Photographic opportunities abound, it's almost too easy, the only drawback being the ruling that all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. This is done for the best of reasons, but can make the experience rather regimented, especially in a group. Many guides are in fact students, this perhaps explains why an Osprey was pointed out to us as a Galápagos Hawk! There are relatively few species, and apart from a few specialised tours you won't see everything (the Giant Tortoises in the wild are difficult as they live up in the highlands where few groups go. Nevertheless a worthwhile if somewhat "dudey" place to visit, especially if close contact with birds appeals to you.
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