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The volcanic archipelago of the Galápagos Islands lies about 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, and is considered by many as one of the world’s best destinations for viewing wildlife. Due to its lack of natural predators, this tiny Ecuadorean province is positively teeming with all manners of native animals, the most popular of which are sea lions, blue-footed boobies, tiny Galápagos penguins, and, of course, giant tortoises. If it’s underwater exploration you’re after, Kicker Rock is a prime destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, with its crystal-clear waters reaching visibility of up to 50 feet and offering a stunning look into the underwater world that lives just below the surface. If you prefer to keep your two feet on land, a visit to Rancho Primicias Tortoise Ranch will put to face-to-face with 900-pound tortoises, some of which could live to be 150 years old. Finally, no trip to these islands is complete without diving into the history and culture of the surrounding area, and a trip to the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center will open your eyes to island’s unique climate, formation, and local wildlife. End your day by bellying up to a dish of fresh ceviche washed down with a local Pilsner beer, and it’s safe to say you’ve experienced perhaps one of the best days, ever.