Galapagos Islands Animals

A Photo Gallery of

Galapagos Islands Animals

 

In a rugged archipelago situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, there are more than 200 recorded species of Galapagos Islands animals on land. From a historical perspective, the islands’ remote location and harsh volcanic terrain played a huge role in their current status as a world-renowned nature sanctuary.

 

The Galapagos was a favorite spot among pirates (who pillaged the tortoise population for meat) and whalers (who plundered its waters for their ample bounty) in  the 17th and 18th centuries. But all efforts to colonize the area ended badly, and by the late 1800s the Galapagos Islands were widely considered cursed.

 

Most of the 13 major and 7 smaller islands remain uninhabited today, with over 97% of the archipelago preserved as a national park. As a result of these conservation efforts, the Galapagos Islands remains one of the world’s most pristine and unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species to be seen.

 

Here are some of our favorite photos of the myriad Galapagos Islands animals we saw during our trip with International Expeditions, including rare endemic species such as the Galapagos Flamingo, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Tortoise, Darwin’s Finches and more.

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Finger Lakes Waterfalls Visitors Guide

Finger Lakes Waterfalls

A Visitors Guide

 

The Finger Lakes are 11 glacial lakes, all of which are shaped like fingers, located in the central region of New York state.

 

The region is perhaps best known for its impressive gorges, which were shaped by water and ice over some 10,000 years. As the rain water flowed down these steep cliffs, it formed hundreds of Finger Lakes waterfalls that you’ll find dotted all around the area.

 

Last June we packed up our car and headed out for a road trip in search of these stunning waterfalls. There are so many, we couldn’t possibly see them all during our brief visit. But here are a few of our favorite Finger Lakes waterfalls to inspire your next awesome road trip:

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Ljubljana Slovenia - Ljubljana castle from Neboticnik skyscraper

Ljubljana castle from Neboticnik skyscraper

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The European Green Capital for 2016

 

(The following is a guest post from Bob Ramsak, the journalist/photographer behind the PiranCafe travel blog. You can also follow Bob’s adventures on FacebookTwitter and InstagramIf you’re a travel blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email pitches to Bret [email protected] We do not accept guest posts from for-profit companies.)

If you’re among the increasing number of people who are visiting Ljubljana, Slovenia these days, the loudest noise you’ll likely hear in the heart of the capital city’s old town center will be the clanging of a bicycle traveling across the cobblestone of the central Preseren Square.

 

Or perhaps the laughter of children as they’re guided by their teachers across the city’s landmark Art Nouveau Triple Bridge, which spans the Ljubljanica River. Or the chants of demonstrators voicing their grievances under the watchful eye of Slovenia’s national poet France Preseren, the Romantic for whom the square was named.

 

Just eight years ago the cobblestone streets of this part of Ljubljana (pronounced Lyoo-BLYAH-nah) were awash with cars and buses. Fast-forward less than a decade and much of the city’s main central zone is largely car-free, save for city service vehicles or “Kavalirs,” the electric-powered, golf cart-sized trams that shuttle visitors to small shops, cafes, and boutique hotels that now dot the old town center.

 

These changes have already decreased carbon emissions in one main traffic corridor by 58%.  That’s one of the reasons why Ljubljana– a city of 280,000 people that few have heard of– was selected by the European Commission as the European Green Capital for 2016.

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Outdoor Gear Review - Spring

SPRING 2016

OUTDOOR GEAR REVIEW

 

Spring won’t officially be sprung for another few weeks (March 20). But with daily temperatures reaching the mid-70s here in our home state of Georgia, our local parks are already packed with nature lovers every weekend. Here’s our extensive outdoor gear review for Spring 2016, featuring a range of products designed to enhance your hiking, biking, climbing, and camping experiences…

 

Disclaimer: We receive no compensation for our product reviews. But we do get a small percentage when you purchase products through our affiliate links. 

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Exploring South Georgia Island, Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

Exploring Grytviken, South Georgia Island

The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

 

(The following is a a guest post by Donna L. Hull, who writes about active travel at My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a travel blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email pitches to Bret Love [email protected] We do not accept guest posts from for-profit companies.)

 

In Cooper Bay on South Georgia Island, a beach teeming with life comes into view as our zodiac approaches the shore.

 

Baby fur seals cavort near their mothers. Up the beach, two hulking elephant seals sleep off a meal, oblivious to a line of king penguins waddling up and down the trail to a rookery. Sea birds fly overhead intermittently, darting in and out of the waves looking for a meal.

 

In a nearby cove, kayakers paddle toward a rock for a closer view of the quirky-looking Macaroni penguin, with its orange and yellow eyebrows. I feel as if the ship took a wrong turn and ended up in the wildlife-abundant Serengeti.

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