activities that prove that the Galapagos Islands have much more than just animals

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Beaches

With a deserted island atmosphere, the beach at Puerto Chino, on San Cristóbal Island, is one of the calmest in the Galapagos. Tortuga Bay, on Santa Cruz, attracts more experienced surfers in search of the perfect wave.

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Cultural stop

In 2001, Galeria Aymara moved from Quito to the Galapagos, where it has become one of the main addresses for Latin American art in the archipelago. There you can find jewelry, handicrafts and original pieces by over 15 names, among artists and indigenous communities.

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Street food

On Calle de los Kioscos, a street that’s closed off to cars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., residents and well-informed tourists grab a bite to eat outdoors. Try the cazuela de mariscos (shellfish casserole) or the langostinos (langoustines).

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Two of the longest lava tunnels in South America are located here. One of them, on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, can be accessed on foot or by bike. To visit the other, in Bellavista, you need to hire a guide. A tip: bring your own flashlight.

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Craters by bike

Bicycles are one of the main means of transportation – at some hotels, you can borrow them for free. Go to Los Gemelos, a pair of craters close to the road that crosses the island of Santa Cruz.