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Wild Galapagos Islands

Visit the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy fun outdoor activities, and explore the wonderful wildlife, including sea lions, giant tortoises, lava lizards, whitetip reef sharks and penguins.

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Giant Tortoises

Some Galapagos tortoises can weigh over 500pounds and measure 6 feet from head to tail. These turtles have a unique water storage capacity; they can go more than a year without any food or water. Some subspecies are threatened or in danger of extinction, while others have stable and growing populations, thanks to the efforts of conservationists and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

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