Pictures from a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos offers unlimited photo opportunities, and I would like to share the amazing results.

You may think you know a lot about the Galapagos Islands. My personal take is this: before you haven’t experienced it personally, you cannot really understand and appreciate what it is about. You are walking between animals that are not afraid of humans. You watch them from an incredibly close distance, actually you could reach out and touch them (which is forbidden). I am not aware of any other place where this would be possible. At the same time, the variety of animals is simply overwhelming. Plus, you will see animals that can be found only on the Galapagos Islands.

I can say without exaggeration, that this was one of the most impressive trips of our lives so far. We have already decided to return at some point in the future, to explore the remaining islands we were not able to visit this time. I just hope that the conservation efforts will help to keep this area protected for a long time.

1.Galapagos Islands National Park rules

To preserve nature and to reduce human impact as much as possible, Galapagos National Park has decided on some very strict rules, which totally make sense:

  • You are only allowed to visit the islands under the guidance of a National Park ranger
  • Your visiting times are restricted and set in advance
  • You are not allowed to leave the marked paths
  • You are not allowed to touch the animals. If an animal approaches you, you need to get out of *their* way
  • You are not allowed to take anything from the islands, just pictures

These rules will hopefully in the future allow a lot of people to enjoy the beauty of what I would consider nature’s last paradise on earth. If you are interested in nature or wildlife, this place needs to be on your list of places to visit.

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Robert is an enthusiast amateur photographer from Austria with a preference for black & white and infrared photography. He is an active member of the Austrian Association of Wildlife and Nature Photography (VTNÖ). In his spare time, he likes to take pictures and write about various photographic topics. More about Robert.