Galapagos Islands Honeymoons
Head to these volcanic Pacific Ocean islands for close encounters with the awe-inspiring creatures that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution. The best plan is to book an 8- to 11-day yacht trip that will sweep you through the islands. Since the area is protected (and starting to disappear), make arrangements with a reputable tour company that can show you around without causing harm to the natural environment -- check out Galapagos.org for a list of Galapagos Conservancy travel partners.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Spanish (Many guides speak English)
7.5 hours from NYC, 9 hours from LA to Quito, Ecuador; 1.5 hours from Quito to Galapagos
Bicycle, boat, bus, taxi
When To Go: The Galapagos Islands at their best
Temperatures average from 62 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. It is hottest in March (74 to 88 degrees) and coolest in August (64 to 74 degrees).
Prices are consistent year-round.
Why To Go
You can't see this at home:
These magnificent islands are an ecological reserve, scattered across the Equator about 600 miles off of Ecuador. Considered one of the world's great treasures, many of the species here are endemic (you won't find them anywhere else in the world). You can scuba, snorkel and kayak with the wildlife -- and your $100 park fee will go toward keeping them around.
-- Erin Walters