ITINERARIES & THE WILDLIFE

The Many Shades of the Galapagos

AUTHOR Caroline Eaton

From the time you arrive in the Galapagos Islands you are surrounded by rich vibrant colors. The deep blues of the water. The warm yellows from the sun. The rich reds from the wildlife. The prickly green of the cactus. Join us as we travel through the colors of the Galapagos and come visit us in the islands to experience these shades that a camera can’t capture, you need to see for yourself.

Turquoise Blue

The first color you are greeted with in the Galapagos is deep intense shades of blue. The blue of the Galapagos is never-ending. The skies paradise blue seems like it goes on forever, and is met at the horizon by the equally vibrant aquamarine blue of the ocean.

Gardner Bay, Hood island

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Golden Yellow

The bright yellow of the Galapagos sun envelopes you and warms your skin. From early morning sunrise until late sunset the sun fills the archipelago with shining yellow beams that fills you with happiness. Flashes of yellow are found around the islands. The Yellow Warbler snapping up bugs at the water’s edge, the lemon yellow flower blooming on the Galapagos Cotton shrub and the mustard yellow coloring of the Galapagos land iguana are all glimpses of how yellow leaves its mark around the islands.

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Flamingo Pink

Excitement exudes from the hot pink you see in the Galapagos flamingos. These birds eat tiny brine shrimp which gives the Galapagos flamingos a distinctive bold pink color. Their population is around 500 in the islands, but the Greater Flamingo is known to be one of the more elusive birds in the islands, so have your cameras ready, they are fun to spot in their natural environment!

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Crimson Red

Red is everywhere. From the crimson red feet on the Red Footed Booby, the distinctive cherry red gular sac on the Great Frigate Bird and the bright eye-catching wine red you see on the Sally Lightfooted Crabs as they scurry across the lava rocks, red can’t be missed when you visit the islands. Not only will you find red on our wildlife, but red is a color that makes our landscapes unique too. The burnt sienna red sandy beaches on Rabida Island are caused from the high content of iron in the volcanic material found on the island.

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Sally lightfoot crab, Galapagos, Islands, Ecuador.

Pure White

Your toes squeeze the salty-white sandy beaches of the Galapagos as you lounge alongside sea lions in the Galapagos. The snow white clouds dance in the sky above you, as the frothy white caps of the waves crash on the shore. White is the belly of the Galapagos Penguin and the color of the well-known Nazca Booby. It is known as the “color without color” but maintains an important role in the archipelago.

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Nazca masked booby, Punta Suarez, Isla Espanola, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Eco Green

Green is vital to the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands with over 600 plant species. Lush greenery lines the highlands where you find the famous Giant Galapagos Tortoises roaming, and lime green algae covers the lava reef underwater where you find the marine iguanas feeding. Green in the Galapagos symbolizes life so keep your eyes peeled when you visit and let the beauty of the Galapagos unfold.

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These are only a few of the vibrant eye catching shades around the islands. Your time exploring the wildlife, landscape and eco system will bring you face to face with some of the most stunning colors that the Galapagos offers.