Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

10 Super Cool Super Business Cards

Regardless of the prevalence of digital communication in sales and marketing, there is still a place to print business cards.

They are still good at landing clients and building brand awareness.

Whether you have a restaurant and your business card stuck to a refrigerator or you are a large corporate service provider whose business cards faint at conferences, this remains an important tool for entrepreneurs.

However, it can sometimes feel like all business cards look (and feel!) The same.

So we’ve collected 10 great ideas you can take to jazz up your business cards in a cool, conventional style.

Read on

1. Business cards pop-ups
There are many interpretations of this popular business card.

The premise is simple. To stand out from the crowd, sometimes the best thing to do is really stand out, even if it means jumping on the table!

By using 3D space more effectively, this business card lets you dominate the space where there may be dozens (or hundreds!) Of competitors. Reactor business cards, for example, jump off the table and call attention.

2. Tabbed business cards
Some businesses end up with vanilla business cards not because they do not have anything to say, but because they talk too much!

For example, if you’re a full-service agent, what do you put in your business card? Creative direction Strategy? Branding? SEO digital ads? The service is so vast most people end up just putting their contact info.

But Diesel Design develops cards with tabs, like Google Chrome, which allows more space for a thorough overview of the services they provide.

3. Business card LEGO man
Sometimes simple cardboard cards are not enough.

So what some businesses do is HOW beyond the box.

They get LEGO people tailor-made for their business cards.

Complete models that look like the people who share them, they have all the important info printed right in their chests.

For a great talking point and something definitely memorable, it’s hard to see past LEGO business cards.

4. Edible business cards
What lacks this longevity, they are more than just a novelty factor. The business card is a fully printed business card that doubles as a delicious chocolate wrapper. And once the chocolates are gone, you have all the info you need to buy and buy more.

5. Functional business cards
Sometimes, less important to be funny then it should be functional.

That’s what inspires a whole choice of useful business cards.

A bicycle company from British Columbia, Canada developed a double metal nameplate as a multipurpose bicycle tool.

Another company, Bon Vivant, a fancy cheese shop in Brazil, develops a business card you suspect, grated cheese!

Mini crater cheese, perfect for when you are snacking on their delicious products.

6. 3D business cards
This is similar to the pop-up namecard we mentioned earlier, but with a more aggressive pop.

For example, Bentply, a furniture store in London, has a business card that can bend into a mini seat made for them. And with those copycat prints, they really look like crooked plywood chairs.

7. RFID business cards
While some tactics – like popping up from a page or wrapping business cards around a piece of chocolate – are great, sometimes these simple business cards require a technology upgrade.

And this is called a business card with RFID.

With RFID, you can take online paperwork and feed your customers directly to your overall digital marketing strategy, with complete tracking capabilities from the start.

It gives you the option to send customers to the website, send them a welcome email, or even just share your app or contact info with them. While they are still in the early stages, an RFID card stand can be the next big thing in the world of classic business card design.

8. QR-enabled business cards
Other digital options, QR-enabled cards have many of the same benefits as RFID cards but require little input from users.

Some businesses choose to simply enter the QR code on their standard business card, linked to their website or a dedicated landing page for that lead (for example you may be printing special cards with unique QR codes for large conferences).

Other companies choose a slightly easier approach, just following the QR code and nothing else, forcing potential customers into their digital channels.

Regardless of what works for your business, QR codes are the best way to build engagements online.

9. Different business cards
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5 Heartwarming Vacation Books to Enjoy Your Family

5 Heartwarming Vacation Books to Enjoy Your Family

Holidays are getting closer. And now is the best time to take out vacation books and enjoy the holiday spirit as a family.

Do not know what books your kids can read?

Read on to learn some classic stories that will surely make a smile on your child’s face!

1. How the Grinch stole Christmas
This is a classic by Dr. Seuss. It’s about the Grinch living on the hillside of Whoville.

Grinch hates Christmas and hates that Whoville residents have fun during the holidays.

Grinch put forward the idea to celebrate Christmas from “Whovillians.” He passed each house and stole a Christmas tree, gifts, stockings and the like.

He thinks he’s done the job. But when the Whoville residents wake up, they keep singing in the town square. Because Christmas is not about gifts for Whos, it’s about family and love.

This opened the heart of the Grinch, who then descended to Whoville to apologize and celebrate Christmas with them.

Why is this book so well read?

Children can learn that Christmas (and holidays in general) are not really about gifts and decorations, but instead gather together as family and community.

2. Carol A Christmas 5 Heartwarming Vacation Books to Enjoy Your Family
Charles Dickon’s A Christmas Carol is similar to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Like Grinch, Scrooge is a devout Christmas hatter.

He just believed in the job and could not stand Christmas – “even humbug” – in his own words.

However, one night, he was visited by three ghosts: the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

After observing his past holiday memories, seeing his current actions, and seeing what happens if he continues to do it this way, Scrooge has a change of heart.

He does not want to be a villain everyone avoids.

After that night, she went to Tiny Tim’s house to bring her a Christmas present. He is determined to change his course and bring some christmas cheer.

Why is this book so well read?

Like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Christmas Carol brought the same message: Christmas is not about wealth or gifts but about being around your loved ones and dear.

3. Old Befana Legend
This is one of the most heart-touching Christmas books. Written by Tomie DePaulo, Legend of Old Befana is an ancient Italian story of an old lady in an Italian village that sweeps day by day.

One night, the three kings visited the place before going to Bethlehem. They invited him but he refused; he must sweep

He then regretted his decision, making candy to take to the baby Jesus. He did not get to Bethlehem in time and was said to give candy to the children every Christmas.

Why is this good reading? 5 Heartwarming Vacation Books to Enjoy Your Family

It introduces children to other cultures and their interpretations of Christmas.

4. Other Deer Olives
Written by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold, Olive the Reindeer is another Russell terrier who believes he is another reindeer.

He tried to get to the north pole to help Santa and save Christmas.

Why is this good reading?

This is one of the more modern holiday books. It is very captivating and provides a pleasant interpretation for the song “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, and the story.

It’s a great gift and suits the best holiday cards.

5. Carl’s Christmas
Alexandra Day’s holiday book, Carl’s Christmas, tells of his journey to Carl, the dog has performed the task with the owner’s little boy.

7 Foods That Naturally Detox Your Body

7 Foods That Naturally Detox Your Body

Do you want to maintain a healthy body through your diet?

If so, you need to consider detoxifying your body from everyday toxins in your diet right now. To begin the process, we recommend following a healthy and safe detox program. We’ve compiled a list of seven foods that will naturally damage your system.

To get more vitamins into your body and get rid of toxins, look at the list of the best foods to eat.

1 piece
When you are ready to detoxify to lose weight, be sure to get plenty of fruit into your diet including oranges, watermelons, and bananas. Usually, the fruit has a high water content. This means the fruit will be more likely to remove toxins from your system. They will also facilitate the detoxification process.

You will find the fruit is easy to digest and has plenty of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber for your health. There are many additional benefits to consuming more fruit. In fact, antioxidants in the fruit can actually help reduce the risk of cancer.

2. Green vegetables
Other great detoxification foods? Green leafy vegetables such as kale, and arugula. Chlorophyll in these vegetables can help remove toxins such as herbicides, pesticides, and toxic metals.

Green vegetables are also great for improving your heart. So make sure to get green vegetables in your food!

3. Garlic
Garlic is one type of food that is very important for detox diet. You want to add cooked or sliced ​​garlic to the dishes you cook to improve your detox diet.

Garlic is known to stimulate your heart to overdrive. This will help remove extra toxins from your system. So make sure to add garlic to your vegetable dish! You can also take it in supplement form.

4. Lemon, lime, and orange
Citrus fruits are filled with water. As a result, lemon and lime are known for getting rid of toxins from your system. In addition, citrus fruits give a big boost to your digestive system. A strong digestive system is able to release toxins quickly.

Lemon also supports kidney and liver function. Make sure a glass of lemon water every day.

5. Raw vegetables
You can eat either raw vegetables or in the form of juice as part of your detox diet. The types of vegetables you should include are carrots, broccoli, kale, beets, and cauliflower. You can also add turmeric and oregano to spice up your vegetables.

A mixture of raw vegetables will help your liver function in removing toxins more quickly. This vegetable also has sulfur, which is a natural chemical that removes harmful toxins.

6. Beans and seeds
For a better diet, be sure to add nuts and seeds to your salads and snacks.

There are many options to choose from including sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, and almonds. However, if you get peanut butter, make sure it does not include extra sugar. Instead, look for natural peanut butter, or even almond butter.

7. Eggs
For breakfast, be sure to add eggs to your meal. Eggs have many sulfur, minerals found in foods rich in protein. Sulfur is good for detoxifying your system because it improves liver function.

A return trip aboard “Murder on the Orient Express”

A return trip aboard “Murder on the Orient Express”

The Sidney Lumet movie “Murder on the Orient Express” was a huge hit back in 1974. This morning, with Seth Doane as conductor, we have a ticket to a remake:

Whether it’s the baby grand piano, white table-cloths and fine china, or the art-deco details, it’s clear this is no ordinary train. It’s the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, made up of historic 1920s carriage reminiscent of the legendary train dating back to the 1800s, which transported passengers between Paris and Istanbul in very high style.

“It is incredible,” said James Pritchard. If his name is not recognizable, his great-grandmother’s certainly is: Agatha Christie.

“I probably feel as close to my great-grandmother at this point as I ever have,” Pritchard said. “You can feel what she must’ve felt.

An avid traveler, Christie was a regular on the Orient Express, which she called “the train of her dreams.”

Author Agatha Christie. PA WIRE / AP
No wonder it was the setting for her most famous tale of murder.

Pritchard said, “I think when you walk along these carriages you can imagine the way of life. .You can kind of see how her imagination is developed. ”

Christie’s imagination and ability to paint pictures of her novels, 150+ short stories, and more than 20 plays.

Perhaps none is more beloved than “Murder on the Orient Express.” It has been told and re-told several times. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the latest film adaptation.

“She’s such a master at laying out, in this case, very, very fascinating, interesting group of characters,” Branagh said.

That made Branagh’s job of directing and casting the film all the more interesting.

He may be a towering figure in Hollywood, but he was dwarfed next to the hulking train he had built for his movie. “We want it very much to be away from friendly trains, you know, the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and all the rest of it,” Branagh said.

Take a Leap Into the Unknown: 4 Exciting Bungee Jump Techniques!

Take a Leap Into the Unknown: 4 Exciting Bungee Jump Techniques!

For many, a bungee jump is a once-in-a-lifetime, adrenaline-filled activity that you’ll remember forever – and you’ll forever be able to tell people about your jump! There are many ways to skin a cat, and some of these bungee jump techniques will make your jump even more memorable. Whether you’re a seasoned jumper or will only take the plunge once in your life, there is a thrilling technique out there for you.
Feel Like You Can Fly Techniques!

 

The Swallow Dive is one of the most popular jump styles in use today, and for good reason! Especially beloved by adrenaline seekers, you have to take a big running jump off the platform with your arms stretched out as wide as possible (like a swallow). This will let you soar through the sky to the ground below. There will be a huge adrenaline rush as you feel like you’re flying through the air… and as an added bonus, as the cord begins stretching you will be pointing downwards – perfect for a smooth and easy deceleration.

Be aware: if the body harness you’re kitted out with has a front cord attachment, ensure you twist 180 degrees so by the time the cord tightens out you’re facing upwards. Don’t worry, your instructor will know all this! But the more you know before your jump, the more relaxed you’ll be before the big event.

The Bat Drop is a little trickier than the swallow dive, and much more daring! For this jump style you’ll have to be positioned hanging upside down (!!!) on the edge of the platform. Someone else will need to be holding your feet, and once they release you you’ll shoot off like a bat or vampire into the darkness of the night!

The Back Dive is another jump which is considered to be a little more difficult. You’ll really need to put your all into launching off the platform so that when you’re at the end of your fall, your head will be pointing straight down. Just like the swallow dive, be sure to be facing upwards at the end of your jump if you happen to be using a front-connected body harness.

The Elevator is a technique you’ll definitely have seen somewhere before. You simply step off the platform with your feet pointing down at the ground, and when you reach the end of the bungee you’ll be automatically flipped the right way round.

Top tip: only do the Elevator if you have access to a rubber (Kiwi/ Euro) cord to avoid hurting yourself and doing your ankles some serious harm!

Jump Safely, Jump Insured

Whether you’re going for the jump of a lifetime or plan to tick off all of our suggested bungee jump techniques, make sure your travel insurance covers you. Let’s Go Insure offers cover for one or multiple jumps, and our friendly staff are on hand to help you with getting covered for all of your daredevil antics!

A Time Line To Create Wealth

A Time Line To Create Wealth

PALOS VERDES, CA- Our investment philosophy is based on an individual’s chronological time line, which consists of three periods: (1) asset accumulation, (2) wealth building, and (3) asset conservation and how they are used to create wealth
The Playing Field is not level

 

The financial journey through life’s time line starts at different levels, depending on whether you were born with a plastic or a silver spoon in your mouth. As you travel through your time line, your in-vestment options change. Knowing where you are and what options are available will help you make the right choices.

A Winning Financial Plan up to Age 35

The first chronological period of your life—mid-twenties to mid-thirties—should be devoted to accumulating assets and acquiring basic necessities. When you’re just starting out, your assets are usually limited and the major portion of your income goes for the basic needs—food, clothing, and shelter.

This is the time to save, save, save! Amass as many investment dollars as possible. Your approach to investing during this period should be through tax-deferred plans at work or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Your degree of risk should be moderate. Investments included in this category are high quality corporate bonds, blue chip stocks, and growth-oriented no-load mutual funds.

Every effort should be made to purchase a home now. The advantages, from tax savings and equity buildup, historically outweigh the short-term benefits of lower monthly rent payments.

Be careful when sheltering yourself and your family from liability. Only pay for protection when you’re purchasing life insurance. Purchase whole life insurance if it will yield a higher rate of return than other investments. After reading the chapter on asset protection, you might seriously consider reducing your liability coverage.

Remember, your main financial goal during this time is tax-deferred accumulation of capital. Don’t take risks with your investments. Save as much as you can so that when you enter the next phase of the time line you’ll be ready to move forward.

Investing between the Ages of 35 and 50

After earnings have increased, assets have been accumulated, and necessities are under control, it’s time to move on. Ready or not, you must face the challenges during this aggressive investment period of your life, when you are between your mid-thirties and early fifties.

The Best Financial Plan for You

Your best financial plan is to create the maximum wealth during this aggressive investment period of your life. Build financial security yourself. Don’t rely on others to do it for you. Many people who relied on major banks and insurance companies for financial security ended up short when these institutions failed. The social security system will not do much better.

You should be careful not to over diversify your assets or adopt a “hold-back” attitude. You must concentrate your assets into one or two aggressive investments rather than spreading them out. Diversification often leads to ineffectiveness.

What if you fail during this period? What is your down side? If you consider your ability to bounce back because of your age, the political influence of your generation, taxes, and inflation, the real risk is minimized. Make your aggressive investments now. As you get older, your ability to rebound declines. If you do not try at this stage in your in-vestment time line, you probably will never do it, and more importantly, you will never know whether you could have made it.

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

2017 has been a gift for the skiing and snowboarding aficionado, thanks to the release of some incredible new high-tech gadgetry to make your time on the slopes all the more special. From Smartphone apps to clothing, watches to equipment, this has been the year when it’s really paid to get ahead with some top-quality gear.
Already sketching out plans for hitting the pistes this coming winter? These are the finest offerings from 2017 you need to make sure you are taking with you.

 

Leki GoPro Adapter

Designed to capture you and the mountains from all the best angles, this adapter will easily attach to both Leki racing poles and freeride mountaineering poles, offering a far wider variety of shots than a helmet-mounted camera and ensuring you look slick and smooth as you make your way down the pistes.

Snoww Social Tracking App

Not all the best gear need cost the sun and the moon – this is free to download on iPhone but offers an incredible package, combining social media with a video game experience. Using GPS, it can monitor how far you’ve skied, your top speed and energy used, vertical drops taken, and much more. It also allows you to compare your stats with friends, track where they are, and share photos via your online profiles. Make sure you’re king of the mountains and the person to beat!

Powervision Robotics Poweregg Drone

This sleek egg-shaped drone not only looks good but is designed to make you look stunning too – all 360 degrees of you, in fact, with a top-quality 4K HD camera that can capture real-time video from long range. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly practical, being small and light enough to carry with you, and easily operable by remote control.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch

The ultimate item for the true pro, this sports watch is packed with amazing features and is the perfect guide for getting the best out of your skiing. Its GPS heatmap allows you to check out the top places for making runs; once there, you can record your speed, altitude and distance, and then share your stats and times with other online users. Don’t let yourself be seen on the slopes and in the après-ski bars without one.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Keeping yourself protected doesn’t need to look, or feel, bad – thanks to this smooth fitting airbag vest, you can feel comfortable pushing yourself to your limits. Capable of detecting any unavoidable falls you’re due to encounter, it will inflate in less than 100 milliseconds, and is also sensor-fitted to monitor for crashes and cushion your upper body from the impact. Even if you make the odd tumble, you’ll be falling with style.

Before You Hit the Slopes

Looks like you’re all set to go. There’s just one more, slightly less glamorous piece of kit to think about: ski travel insurance. Of course, no matter how much high-tech wizardry you have with you, or how strong your Airbag Vest is, it always pays to have great ski travel insurance cover, so that you can always salvage the best from any bad scrapes you may encounter. For that extra peace of mind, investing in some solid ski travel insurance will ensure you, along with your gear, are safely covered when you’re taking to the slopes – get in touch with InsureMore today to find out how.

Best Practices for Promoting Your Online Slots Business

 

Just like any other revenue-generating business, finding and targeting the ideal customers is essential to every casino. But how can businesses promote their online slots?

One of the approaches longtime gamblers have been pushing for is reducing the slot hold to attract customers. But, that will not suffice your online needs. As such, you need a solid marketing strategy that embodies the best practices of promotion.

In this post, we’re going to look at some of the ideal practices for promoting your slots.

Let’s dig right in!

It Starts with Research
It’s important to acknowledge that every business is unique. How your customers perceive you are not the same as how they see your competitors.

To understand your customer base, you want to create segments by age group to know their likes, earnings, location, and jobs. Creating a customer persona is also another way of envisioning your ideal customer. This helps you to create targeted campaigns that are reasonable and actionable.

Research also lets you identify where most of your customers are. For most businesses, it’s easier to connect and interact with their audience on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

Be Proactive and Creative
This is an ideal technique for targeting your favorite customers. So, if you want to boost your retention, then creativity can be the best tool to netting the right customers. For example, AllSlots Casino has MegaSpin Slots that allow you to spin up to nine slot machines at once.

Try creating unique selecting propositions that your are are using. The idea here is to make your online slots as attractive as possible to your potential clients. You will need to implement your unique propositions in all critical areas.

Content consumption is fairly high online. So, ensure to create visual and text content on your new propositions. Identify the right channels to reach out to your customers and share with them your new propositions.

You can also get reputable gambling publications to cover your ideas. That way, you’re able to gain the interest of the ideal customers.

Reach Out to Bloggers
Consider having a network of bloggers and influencers to reach out to when launching new campaigns. It will be useful if you are interested in gambling with online following or community.

Blogger outreach helps your news or posts get traction quickly. Plus, it allows you tap into an audience that is interested in your products / services. The right movers and shakers in your niche will give your content the coverage and exposure it needs.

Like any other marketing strategy, finding the right bloggers to promote your online slots requires planning. Start with a hit list of bloggers and influencers who have already built a name for themselves in your industry.

Online Slots – The Takeaway
Targeting the ideal audience is important to make the most of your marketing campaigns. You can also use online surveys to analyze your USP to identify the strong and weak areas.

Make sure to define your marketing goals before launching your campaign. They can be short-term or long-term depending on what you want to attain. Keep in mind that a successful online marketing strategy for online slots is a continuous process.

An Island Guide to the Galapagos

 

An Island Guide to the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have long been a magnet to travellers interested in the ecology and geology of our natural world. This remote volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean lies around 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador and supports some of the most diverse habitats on the planet. There are 13 main islands and numerous smaller ones, each with its own distinct characteristics. For anyone planning a trip to the Galapagos, holidays to explore this most unique part of the world can be enhanced by understanding some of the features and fast facts about them.
Bartholomew

 

While it is certainly not the largest, Bartholomew may be the most recognisable island. Its scenery is dominated by Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic landmarks of the archipelago. The tall, pointed rock just off the shore features in countless images of the region, providing a spectacular backdrop for the 360° views its high point. Bartholomew is also renowned as one of the best sites to encounter the magnificent marine wildlife, including Galapagos Penguins, sea lions, sharks and rays.

Espanola

Also known as Hood Island, Espanola is relatively flat, with the highest of its small hills measuring around 675ft. It is home to an abundance of wildlife including large numbers of sea lions and more than 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatross – almost the entire global population of the avian species. The breeding site at Gardner Bay, on its eastern shores, is also an exceptional place to explore the underwater life and encounter Marine Iguanas sunning themselves on the rocky beaches.

Isabela

The largest of all the islands, Isabela is in fact five small volcanoes joined together – all of which are still active. As such, the landscape is quite dramatic and varied, from the dense vegetation of the southern highlands to stark lava fields and mangrove swamps at lower altitudes. For visitors on Galapagos holidays, Isabela has multiple sites of interest including the vast wetlands, which support a huge variety of endemic and breeding birdlife.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has six different vegetation zones, and the astounding diversity of its habitat is matched by the diversity and abundance of its wildlife species. Along with the opportunity to explore the many wild reptilian species of the highlands, it an integral part of the itinerary of most Galapagos holidays as it is the location of the Charles Darwin Research Station. The facility is an important breeding, education and research facility dedicated to the conservation of the Giant Tortoise, one of the most iconic species of the archipelago.

Fernandina

Fernandina is the youngest of all the islands, with its last volcanic activity recorded in 2009 from its centrepiece, La Cumbre. Renowned for its magnificent scenery, it is considered one of the world’s most untouched ecosystems, with no foreign species ever believed to have arrived on its shores. It is home to the nesting site of the unique flightless cormorants, along with the Blue Footed Booby and the elusive Galapagos Hawk.

A Unique Environment

The best Galapagos holidays are those with an itinerary that takes in both the large and smaller islands of the archipelago, in order to get a complete overview of not just its beauty but also its astonishing diversity. As one of the most fascinating places on Earth, scientists and biologists are still discovering new facts every year about this unique part of the world.