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10 Coolest Animals in the Galapagos

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The sheer variety of animals in the Galapagos is what separates a trip there from any other type of vacation. About 80 percent of its land birds, 97 percent of its reptiles and land mammals, 20 percent of its marine species, and 30 percent of its plants are only found in the Galapagos. I was blown away by the different species I saw on my recent trip—here are 10 you won’t want to miss if you go.

The Unique Animals of the Galapagos

Editor’s Note: Tourism is one of Ecuador’s main sources of income and is instrumental in helping the country recover from the earthquake in April 2016, which devastated a large part of its coast. Traveling through a sustainable tour company is a great way to donate to the country and communities affected. Or, consider making a donation here.

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Ashley traveled to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of G Adventures. Follow all of her adventures (big and small) on Instagram and Twitter.

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