The Galapagos Islands are historically and scientifically significant for their wildlife and habitats. They are a popular, though very expensive, destination for people who are animal lovers and who want to see exciting endemic species up close. One of the main attractions is the level of closeness you can get to the animals, as they do not fear humans in the same way as animals do in other parts of the world.
Getting to the Galapagos involves flying to Ecuador initially. You will then need to arrange a trip to the islands, as they cannot be accessed without a qualified guide. To do this, you will probably need to book in advance, as trips sell out quickly. Many trips are based on a boat and last between 5 and 10 days, allowing you to see more of the islands. You can also take some amazing scuba diving trips and see whale sharks, sea lions, turtles and more.