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Cruising to Baltra, Galapagos

If you're into nature and wildlife then you really won't find a more interesting travel destination than the Galapagos Islands, with some of the world's most unique species residing here. Indeed, it was here that Charles Darwin famously came up with his Theory of Natural Selection, after noticing how the animals that inhabit the isolated islands appear to have evolved separately from those that are found elsewhere.

Among the creatures you can expect to see on the Galapagos islands are the likes of giant turtles, iguanas, lava lizards and the world's only penguin colony outside of Antarctica. On top of this, there are a host of active pursuits that visitors can enjoy here, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, cycling and much more.

Baltra is the main entry point to the islands for most visitors, and contains some interesting man-made features to complement its natural attractions. Among these is the now-disused US air base, which was originally established during World War II to protect the Panama Canal - a vital transport link connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Baltra, Galapagos

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