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Galapagos Sea Lion


Similar to the Galapagos Penguin, the Galapagos Sea Lion is also the smallest of its species and the only one to thrive in the warm temperatures right along the equator. Found mostly in the inner islands, they females weigh in at about 170 pounds and males can reach 450 pounds. They feed mostly on sardines about 350 feet below the surface, but can dive as deep as 2,000 feet if they need to. Although they are designated endangered, sightings of Galapagos Sea Lions are very common. Their playful barking makes spotting them no problem and their relatively social behavior means it’s easy to get up-close.

The breeding cycle for Galapagos Sea Lions features an interesting claiming of territory and a game of opportunity between dominant males and the smaller males who try to sneak a mate from one of the harems off shore. The dominant males stand guard over a group of females, while the younger males will circle the area in search of a chance to storm the castle and find a mate. Once born, pups stay with their mothers for only about a week before transitioning to a routine of hunting trips and days spent with pups on the shore. Interestingly, the length of nurturing time depends on the island, with Fernandina sea lions becoming fully independent after about a year while it takes double or even triple that on the inner islands.

Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19