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Top 10 Activities for the Galapagos (If you're brave, read #4!): Inspiration for our Earth Candle

During the development of our Four Elements wellness candle collection, we turned to destinations to find our inspirations. Here you’ll find one of the hidden gems that inspired our Earth candle – Cloud Forest.  

Ecuador - The Hidden Gem

Ecuador is a small hidden gem that boasts many natural wonders, though it is often overlooked. Visitors are drawn closer to Earth as it is known for having incredible biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and rich culture. From the lush Amazon rainforest to the volcanic islands of Galapagos, this entire region provides endless opportunities for travelers to connect with nature, wildlife, and local traditions which can lead to another personal destination – a path to wellness restoration.Traveling to the Galapagos

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

Located in the Republic of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands. By traveling here, you have the chance to witness some of the world's rarest and most exotic wildlife. The Galapagos Islands are home to an incredible array of endemic species, including the giant tortoise and marine iguana. These animals have evolved over time in isolation, giving them unique characteristics and behaviors that are not found anywhere else in the world.Galapagos Islands Baby Turtles

Activity Guide 

Top 10 Things to do in the Galapagos Islands:

  1. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most diverse marine life in the world, making them an ideal destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can explore the underwater world and swim alongside sea turtles, sea lions, and a variety of colorful fish. Some popular snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the Galapagos include Kicker Rock, Gordon Rocks, and Devil’s Crown.

  2. Hiking and Trekking: If you are an adventure seeker, hiking and trekking are great ways to explore the Galapagos Islands. You can hike to the top of volcanoes, explore lava tunnels, and walk through forests to discover the unique flora and fauna of the islands. Some popular hiking and trekking destinations in the Galapagos include Sierra Negra Volcano, Santa Cruz Highlands, and Tortuga Bay.

  3. Wildlife Watching: The Galapagos Islands are known for their unique and diverse wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You can spot giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and many other species of animals while exploring the islands. Some popular wildlife watching spots in the Galapagos include Darwin Bay, Punta Suarez, and Isabela Island.

  4. Snorkeling with Sharks: If you are feeling brave, you can go snorkeling with sharks in the Galapagos Islands. You can swim with white-tipped reef sharks and black-tipped reef sharks, which are completely harmless to humans. Some popular spots for snorkeling with sharks in the Galapagos include Kicker Rock and Gordon Rocks.

  5. Kayaking: Kayaking is a peaceful way to explore the Galapagos Islands and get closer to nature. You can paddle through mangroves, spot wildlife, and admire the beautiful scenery of the islands. Some popular kayaking destinations in the Galapagos include Tortuga Bay, Las Tintoreras, and Isabela Island.

  6. Surfing: If you are a surfer, the Galapagos Islands offer some great waves to ride. You can surf at spots like Tortuga Bay and Puerto Villamil, where you can catch waves that are suitable for all levels of surfers.

  7. Beach Hopping: The Galapagos Islands are home to many beautiful beaches, each with its own unique features. You can visit beaches like Tortuga Bay, Puerto Chino, and Gardner Bay to relax on the sand, swim in the clear waters, and admire the stunning views.

  8. Boat Tours: Boat tours are a great way to explore the Galapagos Islands and discover the hidden gems of the archipelago. You can take day trips or multi-day tours to visit different islands and see the unique landscapes and wildlife of each one.

  9. Visit Charles Darwin Research Station: The Charles Darwin Research Station is located on Santa Cruz Island and is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. You can learn about the ongoing research and conservation efforts being done to protect the islands and their inhabitants.

  10. Stargazing: The Galapagos Islands offer some of the clearest skies in the world, making them an ideal destination for stargazing. You can admire the constellations and the Milky Way from the comfort of your own hotel or take a guided tour to see the stars up close.Star Gazing

Travelers can explore the Galapagos on guided tours, which offer opportunities to observe and learn about the islands' distinctive flora and fauna. The snorkeling and diving excursions available allow you to see the underwater world and get up close with sea turtles, sharks, and colorful fish. These excursions provide a great way to restore wellness and escape the stresses of everyday life. 

Exploring the Galapagos Islands

Aside from its wildlife, Ecuador's diverse landscapes are also a fascination for travelers. The Amazon rainforest is a unique natural environment where visitors are seduced by the humming, buzzing, and chirping of the ecosystem surrounding them. The Andes Mountain range also offers incredible views of towering peaks, picturesque villages, and ancient ruins. Ecuadorian culture is on full display in the colorful markets, where visitors can purchase traditional textiles, carvings, and other handmade items.Amazon Rainforest

In addition to its natural treasures, Ecuador and the Galapagos also present a chance to experience sustainable travel and mindfulness practices. Many tourism operators are committed to promoting conservation and being responsible. Visitors can learn about conservation efforts and support eco-friendly initiatives, which are crucial to protecting the environment and local communities.

Healthy Routines while Traveling

Traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world – Our Earth. Perhaps here you can find motivation to find a daily routine for a healthy body and mind.  And how can one deny this haven of natural beauty.  With its majestic landscapes and rich biodiversity, this region exemplifies the importance of conservation in our increasingly globalized world. 

By traveling responsibly and mindfully, we can protect this precious part of our planet. So, if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature, Ecuador and the Galapagos are perfect destinations for you to find your inner peace.

Cloud Forest Inspiration

From this inspiration our Cloud Forest Candle came to fruition. Formulated with our wellness molecules of lavender, eucalyptus, ho wood and frankincense, our wellness candles are a must if you plan to create your own personal sanctuary or motivate yourself to make the journey to this wonderful destination.  While Ecuador and the Galapagos may seem unreachable in the near future, we love knowing that we can help transport you to this magical wanderlust through the scents of our clean fragrances.