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Photo Essay: 10 Unedited Super Shots Of The Galapagos

Sunset In San Cristobal

It’s hard to put into words the beauty that surrounds you when in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. One thing that struck me is how exceptionally clean the area is, and how much the locals care. I was constantly lectured about recycling and respecting the wildlife and plants, not just by tour guides, but by average Galapagos citizens. Moreover, the experiences with the unique fauna here is unlike anywhere in the world – like sea lions dining with pelicans, marine iguanas resting on your feet, swimming uncaged with hammerhead sharks and giant tortoises mating in a pond. After spending a week on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz, here are 10 of my favorite shots from my trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Sea Lions Playing

Marine Iguana

Blue-Footed Booby During Mating Season 
Blue-Footed Booby

Tortoises Mating

Junco, A Lake In A Volcano Crater On San Cristobal

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Galapagos Shark


Las Tijeretas Beach, San Cristobal

This post was made possible by a press trip sponsored by Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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  1. Erika on at 12:45 pm

    What fantastic shots! The Galapagos are on my short list of places I hope to visit soon.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. jess2716 on at 2:03 pm

    Thanks! 🙂 And you must! It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

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