I am not easily impressed by wonders of nature, normally animals o not approach people easily unless they are domestic ones… But in Galapagos I was impressed by the “tameness” of the animals. On island after island you can walk right up to animals that would, in all other circumstances, be expected to flee.
Look at this adorable little bird and how many pictures he let me take of him…
If you have been following my adventures up to this very day you should know that Stanito staff never hit crowded touristic places nor those places that you can easily track on internet with thousands of photos.
However, when I do find myself in one of those countries it is my strict policy to find an Off the Beaten Path attraction to it. It happened in Italy and now it’s time to find it in Galapagos 🙂
If you go to Galapagos, dear Reader, you certainly think of paradisiac beaches, tropical forests and tons of lovely animals wandering around you as I already showed before here and on my Instagram page.
However, it is possible to find spots that are off the beaten path. In fact, Galapagos has some spots to offer aside from sea fun activities.
One of these spots are the set of lava tunnels.
The rules are very simple, dear Reader: if you go to Galapagos make sure to comply with the following:
1- Never steal rocks, stones or sand. Imagine if every tourist did that, the island would be completely barren…
2- Never upset the animals you see around towns, at the sea sides, in the woods and even in the reserves. I saw a sea lion angrily grabbing a girl hair because she approached and annoyed it too much with her almost-1-hundred selfies. Well deserved I say. They are not there to entertain you, they are there because the islands and sea surrounding them is their home.
About sea lions, I have to say, I have seen in several countries around the world but never have I seen them so close to me and so friendly. Galapagos is filled with sea lions and iguanas in such way that you literally need to watch where you step and try to avoid stepping on iguanas tails or sea lions which at night they blend in with rocks.
I have never seen a place where nature and wild life take over every corner 🙂
Galapagos is the perfect example of how humans and wild animals live together in peaceful cohabitation.
Below is a photo I took at the fish market of Puerto Ayora, main city and capital of Santa Cruz island.
The sea lion awaits patiently for the lady to give him some food. Most of the times (she said to me) he’ll stay there for hours waiting for a small fish head. Perseverance is big deal as he (sometimes not alone) visits the market on a daily basis.
Stanito has embarked in a new wildlife adventure: Galapagos.
First stop: giant tortoises! Stanito filmed a lovely slow paced tortoise in the National Park of Chato. Gentle, slow moving creatures, yo can find them in the breading station or else free in nature such as this one.