Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If there is one familiar location on this list, it is probably the Galapagos Islands, which were claimed by Ecuador in 1832. The Galapagos Islands, made up of a 19-island chain, are probably most notable for being the prime location for Charles Darwin’s discoveries, findings, and scientific theories that still linger today. The Islands have become a prime vacation spot for those looking to get up close and personal with species of animals that are rarely seen anywhere else in the world. On the islands visitors will find penguins, sea lions, albatrosses, giant tortoises, iguanas, and many other species. Planning a trip to the Galapagos requires early decision making as there are visitation restrictions in place in efforts to not off-set or ruin the biosphere on the islands.