Coolest Up-Close Animal Encounters

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How to see (and snap) 20 iconic species up close on their home turf.

Iguanas

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Where: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

How: By boat and foot

When: Year-round

Darwin’s iconic archipelago boasts two outstanding lizard species: rust-colored land iguanas and gray-black marine iguanas. Like the inhabitants of sort of real-life Jurassic Park, both look fearsome and neither has much fear of man. Weeklong expedition voyages on the 48-passenger MV Eclipse include snorkeling with the marine lizards and hiking among the terrestrial variety on remote landfalls like Isabela and Fernandina islands.

Coolest Up-Close Animal Encounters

Iguanas

Where: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

How: By boat and foot

When: Year-round

Darwin’s iconic archipelago boasts two outstanding lizard species: rust-colored land iguanas and gray-black marine iguanas. Like the inhabitants of sort of real-life Jurassic Park, both look fearsome and neither has much fear of man. Weeklong expedition voyages on the 48-passenger MV Eclipse include snorkeling with the marine lizards and hiking among the terrestrial variety on remote landfalls like Isabela and Fernandina islands.

Courtesy of Sanctuary Retreats
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