Galapagos Islands, South America
General info on Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are group of nineteen volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is a part of Ecuador. The islands and adjoining water sides are shared in three specific forms, the Galapagos Province, the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The current volcanic activities are still developing the islands and this is the reason why these isolated islands became the home of unfamiliar species.
Why visit the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve are the world’s only and exceptional existing gallery and platform of evolution. If you consider yourself a nature lover and want an opportunity to explore the world wildlife like National Geographic, then this is the perfect reason to visit the Galapagos Islands. The most important reason to visit these islands is wildlife. The islands are the home of some sporadic animals. You can’t see these animals anywhere else in the world. The other reason to visit the Galapagos Islands is the underwater sphere. It has a spectacular, secure aquatic life where the alteration of ocean currents enriches the marine life.
Main attractions and things to do
These volcanic Islands are wonderful, mesmerism and habitat of various unfamiliar species. There are so many things that you can explore on these islands.
1. Charles Darwin Research Center- You can have a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. If you are interested in science then you will get to know about Darwin’s observation and how the research continues today.
2. Scuba Diving– If you are adventurous and curious about under water, then scuba diving is just perfect. You can see many wonderful fishes and water species.
3. Lava Tubes- Santa Cruz has some magnificent structures of lava. There are many long channel caves. You can explore these natural beauties by your own or you can hire a guide for increasing your knowledge.
4. Tortuga Bay- Tortuga Bay is one of the popular sea beaches in the Galapagos. It is a great experience of crystal clear water.
5. The Wall of Tears- This is situated in the Puerto Villa-mil. The wall and its path, both are beautiful and interesting. You can see many birds and wildlife near this wall like, flamingos, turtles.
6. Los Gemelos- These two sink holes are located in Santa Cruz. This place is enclosed by full of wooden area.
7. Giant Tortoise- The giant tortoise is the asset of the Galapagos Islands. These tortoises are mostly live till 150 years and reach the weight about 900 pounds. It can be an extremely magnificent experience to see them in their own territory.
8. Birds- These islands have various birds. There are thirteen types of tanagers, Cormorants, Albatrosses and Frigate birds.
9. Las Loberias- This destination is world- famous for sea lions and their pups. You can spend a day by watching them or you can go for a swim, but keep some distance.
Best time to travel Galapagos Islands
You can see animals and water species round the year in the Galapagos Islands. There are mainly two seasons in the islands, like cool and dry season in between June to November and warm and wet season in December to June. The warmer season is considered as the ideal time to visit these islands.
Galapagos Islands hotel options
Staying in the Galapagos Islands hotels is much more costly than in the mainland Ecuador. Four islands have hotel facility, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island and Floreana Island. There are various types of hotels available from two stars to luxurious five star hotels. The charges are just double from the mainland. Minimum charges are 20 dollar per person each night and maximum 100 dollar. You need to check all facilities before you go to the booking.
How to reach Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are famous because these are isolated and untouched. You can only reach in these islands by flight. But there are no direct international flights. You have to reach in Quito or Guayaquil on Ecuador. Then you can board for Galapagos. It takes only 2.5 hours to reach the islands. There are daily connecting flights available from cities across Europe and America. Direct flights are there from Miami, Atlanta, Houston and New York. From Europe, Amsterdam and Madrid have direct flights to Ecuador. The busiest airport in the Galapagos Islands is in the Baltra Island and the second airport is in the San Cristobal Island.