The one secret about the Galapagos Islands almost every traveler overlooks

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Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of reasons to check out the famed Galapagos Islands.

Whether it’s the sunny beaches or the diverse range of wildlife you’re after, you’ll find it–plus interest–at this incredible South American destination. But while many publications highlight things like scuba diving, delicious food and giant turtles as the best reasons to go, there is one massive phenomenon the island offers that almost every person doesn’t quite notice. Even though it surrounds them every single day they are there.

Galapagos Islands
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We’re talking, of course, about the relationship that exists between humans and the islands’ animals. Unlike almost anywhere else in the world, where the odds of spotting a wild animal are all dependent on how quiet and stealthy you are, the Galapagos is a completely different story. The animals literally live right alongside people. If you aren’t careful, for example, a sea lion will steal your beach chair when you aren’t looking (and they won’t give it back), birds may try to snatch food right off of your plate, while a pelican may have turned the back of your boat into its own personal nesting area.

Heck, giant turtles might even saunter over to watch the sunset with you.

Galapagos Islands
I lost my beach chair. Credit: Michael Hiscock

This kind of co-existence is one of the most amazing things these islands have to offer. And it’s all thanks to the fact that the animals in the Galapagos grew up without any natural predators. As a result, they don’t actually realize that humans or other animals can do them harm, so they’re comfortable around just about anyone.

So sure, it’s cool to check out the diverse array of wildlife on the islands. But just picture the look on your friends’ faces when you tell them you lost your beach chair to a sea lion.

Galapagos Islands
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