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The Galapagos Islands - A world heritage site for the green traveller

An ecotourism haven, the Galapagos Islands are in the Pacific Ocean, around 550 miles west of Ecuador.

The Finch Bay eco-hotel is as close to a perfect location to stay whilst on holiday as you are going to get. Rated as one of the top 25 hotels in South America, this stunning hotel will provide you with everything you need during your stay.

As well as a hotel, you can book a variety of different adventures ranging from the four day Naturalist tour which offers visitors the opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin research station, as well as three nights' accommodation and the seven day scuba diving programme, which will introduce you to numerous sea creatures that many won't have encountered before.

Many tourists love to explore their destination by bicycle and the Cycling Galapagos tour is a great opportunity to visit the islands and see the sights without using public transport or a car. This seven day tour includes everything from snacks to a kayaking trip, so there is little chance of getting bored during your tour.

The Galapagos Islands are renowned for its vast diversity of sea life, so if you are going for the aquatic element then scuba diving will be paradise for you.

For those travelling on a budget, another option is the Jungle Hostel which is far more affordable than the Finch Bay. Close to the Archipielago beach, this hostel has all the basic amenities and the friendly staff are always happy to assist you with organising tours and helping you make the most out of your visit.

An UNESCO (outstanding value to humanity) site, the Galapagos Islands take their role as an ecotourism destination as seriously as anyone in the world. Before visiting the Galapagos Islands read the Adventure Life article on conservation challenges and your role as an eco-tourist.

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