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As a wildlife lover, one of my favorite destinations is the Galapagos Islands. There is probably no other place on Earth where you can get up close to over 900-pound tortoises, swim alongside marine iguanas, and saunter through a sea lion herd. The islands strewn across the Pacific some 600 miles from the Ecuadoran mainland are a wildlife paradise. The animals are often delightfully curious and virtually fearless, as humans have rarely posed a threat to any of them, creating experiences of a lifetime.
A wealth of outdoor activities like snorkeling, diving, swimming, and hiking can all be enjoyed, along with pristine white sand beaches. The only question is, with 127 islands, islets, and rocks, 19 of which are large, and four that are inhabited, which do you choose to visit? This guide will help you make the best decision for a trip of a lifetime.