Entries by Lorraine Caputo

Galapagos Islands Meets El Niño and La Niña

El Niño and La Niña are climate events that periodically visit the Galapagos Islands. What are they, and how will they affect your Galapagos vacation? Both phenomena are part of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle that disturbs the Pacific Ocean basin. El Niño is the dry phase of the cycle, and La Niña is […]

Furry and Warm-Blooded – Galapagos mammals

Not only do cold-blooded reptiles and birds inhabit the Galapagos Islands. Mammals – from mice to men, from sea lions to whales – also live on these isles. Sixty species of mammals have been recorded in the Galapagos Islands. Of these, 16 are endemic or native, three are native and 13 are migratory. Introduced species […]

2017 Galapagos News Roundup

This has been a busy year in the Galapagos Islands, with prestigious tourism awards, new discoveries – and challenges.   Award-Winning Galapagos Throughout 2017, the Galapagos Islands racked up several important tourism awards. It landed in the Best Islands category of Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards thanks to the islands’ incredible snorkeling and […]

Denizens of the Galapagos’ Prehistoric World: Seven Reptiles to Spot on Your Galapagos Adventure

At times, when walking through the Galapagos landscape, you feel as if you have been mysteriously transported to prehistoric times. Miniature, dinosaur-like creatures cling onto the rough rocks of the volcanic scenery. The Galapagos Islands have often been called the Kingdom of Reptiles. These dry, desert islands are a paradise for everything from giant tortoise […]

Strolling Galapagos Shores: Shore & Wetland Birds to Spot on Your Galapagos Vacation

While strolling along the infinite sea and lagoon shores of the Galapagos, you will see more of the Islands’ endemic and resident birds. Upon the tumbled, wave-worn lava boulders strewn across the beaches, you can observe herons and oystercatchers, natives to the Galapagos. Plovers, sandpipers and many other seasonal migrants also wander the rough-sand beaches, […]