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Galapagos Islands Information

The enchanted islands are a dream destination for any adventurous traveler and ideal for family trips as it allow visitors to explore and discover the unique natural marvels and untamed wildlife of this inimitable paradise of Earth. The information found on this site will surely guide you to choose the right trip to enjoy a memorable voyage.

Travel Planner

Uncertain on when is the best time to visit the Archipelago? Don’t really know what to expect from your trip or the activities to enjoy while exploring Galapagos? We have created a specialized guide to provide you with first-hand useful information and tips that will help you plan your trip; this is complemented with our personalized assistance that we provide our valued customers.

What is the best time/season of the year to take a cruise or tour? Helpful details to plan your traveling time.

Common means of transportation from/to Mainland Ecuador for visitors.

Complete packing list for your journey for sailing & diving boat-trip and land-tours.

Detailed guide on islands’ climate, seasonality and temperatures to decide the best time to travel.

Timings and schedules for the three airlines flying from/to Quito or Guayaquil. Most cruises use specific flights for operation.

Everything you need to know when start planning your voyage and recommendations on how to choose the right trip for you.

What you will enjoy during your expedition and what you need to know to execute them properly and responsibly on each visited site.

Looking for a trip with your loved ones? There is no better destination to enjoy a family adventure. Great tips to know how to plan your dream-holiday.

Wildlife

Our complete guide to Galapagos’ primary attraction for all visitors, its untamed incredible fauna, in great part endemic, allows you to discover each specie’s features, behavior and where they are settled within the National Park. Take a peek and discover why the Galapagos is one of the richest natural paradise in the World.

Complete listing of endemic and migratory sea and land birds that inhabit the Archipelago with description and observation sites.

We describe the locations where you can enjoy the company of this wonderful, curious and playful mammals during your cruise or program.

Galapagos is well-known for the great variety of reptiles, some endemic to the Islands. Learn about their customs and how they evolved on this difficult environment for hundreds of years.

A complete and detailed guideline of what takes place throughout the year in the enchanted paradise in regards of animal behavior and plant-life.

How these animals developed?

Complete and detailed information and facts that will help you understand why Charles Darwin described the Archipelago as a natural evolution laboratory and helped him develop his theory of natural selection. Even know the constant evolution of the species don’t cease to amaze scientists, scholars and the eager vacationist.

A comprehensive article about the three species of Land Iguanas that live harmoniously on six islands, emphasizing on their interesting lifestyle.

Without question, the most iconic endemic specie of the Galapagos and on the verge of extinction; learn about the few hundred individuals left and the strenuous efforts to preserve these wonderful creatures.

The Galapagos marine iguana is the absolute only lizard in the world that swims and feeds in the ocean. Know more about this unique animal that developed exceptional skills in Galapagos.

Flora

Being a natural laboratory of Evolution with rich biodiversity, the Islands possesses a great variety of plant-live, mostly endemic species (over 500 native flora) that have magnificently adapted to the tough environment of the Reserve. Our complete guide will show you the different vegetation zones including spectacular live-filled mangroves.

Explore the different areas where endemic flora grows in different altitudes from the Coast to the highest Volcano in the Islands.

Discover a different world filled with marine and bird live in the coastal salt-tolerant mangrove swamps and learn about the 4 different types found in the Archipelago.

Surely the dominant plant species of the dry-lands, found in most of the Reserve in different types that adapted to the Island they grow in.

A complete chart-guide to understand where each plant species grows along the coast lines, the arid and humid zones.

History

The Galapagos has always been considered as a faraway Eden to the human race, first visited by Fray Tomas de Berlanga in 1535, then followed by pirates, whalers and of course, in 1835, the visit of its most illustrious foreigner, Charles Darwin. Also a comprehensive history of the formation of the islands from volcanic forces which even today continue reshaping the landscape of this enchanted paradise.

The father of the Theory of evolution, an historic character that contributed to Humanity with great knowledge by understanding how evolution affects our planet’s life.

Take a stroll back into the 1900’s! An interesting reading on how the first settlers struggled to survive in these harsh lands, but a fine example on how men can also adapt and evolve to the environment.

A bit of historical facts on how the Archipelago was legally and rightfully claimed by our small yet biodiverse and cultural Ecuador.

Interested in finding out how the islands were formed from sea volcanoes? How did the animals arrived? We have interesting details to share with you.

The Islands of the Archipelago

The Archipelago has 18 islands of at least 1 square kilometer and they all are part of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve protected area; all the islands are of undersea volcanic origin and 4 of them are inhabited by humans, leaving the rest of the archipelago to untamed wildlife. Each island has its own charm and unique features and we invite you to discover the biodiversity of every site.

Baltra Island Galapagos

The most populated island, starting/ending point for most boat-trips and land-tours for its location. Home of endemic Giant Tortoises and active life at Puerto Ayora. Read more

Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Majestic views from the summit of Pinnacle Rock, snorkel with Sea Lions and Penguins on this beautiful Island on the Central part. Read more

Chinese Hat | Galapagos Islands

The shape of the islet resemblances a Chinese Hat, enjoy amazing hike to discover several species of birds and land-iguanas. Read more

Daphne Island Galapagos Islands

A peaceful small Island in the Central part, not open for most cruise itineraries to protect its natural beauty and wildlife sanctuary. Read more

Darwin Island, Galapagos

The smallest islet in the Galapagos, but truly a wonderful undersea sanctuary that makes it a top diving destination in the World. Read more

Gardner Bay | Española Island | Galapagos

The oldest Island of the Archipelago, holds incredible natural beauty and biodiversity, including the Waved Albatrosses and the amazing blowhole. Read more

Fernandina Island, Galapagos

It holds the best sites in the Western part, meet the Endemic Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos Penguins and Marine Iguanas. Read more

Gardner Bay | Española Island | Galapagos

One of the first islands to be settled by human beings; it houses the very first Post-Office plus fantastic natural sites truly worth visiting. Read more

Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Shaped like a horseshoe, is one of the youngest islands and offers incomparable hiking and snorkeling sites for the adventurous traveler.  Read more

The largest Island that houses over 6 volcanoes (some still active) and over 8 spectacular visitor sites; a marvelous destination whether you are taking a boat-trip or a land-based program. Read more

Marchena Island | Galapagos

The most remote on the Archipelago with no human presence or settlements allowed coverts it in a truly untamed wildlife sanctuary. Read more

Mosquera Island, Galapagos

A very rocky environment surrounds its coast, this represents quite a challenge to the visitor as it doesn’t have defined or easy trails to follow. Read more

North Seymour Island, Galapagos

A Paradise for bird lovers: Frigate Birds, Blue-Footed Boobies, Finches and more make this Island a must-see by sailing cruise or even on a day-trip from Puerto Ayora. Read more

Pinta Island, Galapagos

The birth place of “Lonesome George”, an icon of the Galapagos; it is one of the most protected sites as it house a thriving Endemic Turtle population. Read more

South Plazas Island, Galapagos

A life-filled location: Land Iguanas, Boobies, Sea-Lions, Frigate. A paradise for hiking, birdwatching and snorkeling. Read more

Rabida Island, Galapagos

A magnificent islet that allows visitor to enjoy wildlife, Diving, hiking on uneven terrain and water activities as well. Read more

Kicker Rock | San Cristobal Island | Galapagos

Home of the capital of Galapagos and the second Airport, it has many diverse visitor sites and complete hotel infrastructure for the demanding traveler to enjoy. Read more

Galapagos giant tortoises | Santa Cruz Island

Considered as the main populated Island and starting/ending point for most cruises and tours; it also has wonderful natural sites to visits like the Highlands (Turtle in semi-wild environment).  Read more

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands

Also one of the first islands to thrive and among the most visited ones as well due to its wonderful biodiversity and natural enchantment. Read more

Santiago Island, Galapagos

The Islands has a surreal volcanic scenery that combined with its natural beauty, it has great appealing to the eager visitor that loves to explore unique environments. Read more

More information

The best complimentary information and interesting facts about the Galapagos: its history, its geology and the efforts made by the Ecuadorian authorities and international Institutions to preserve this natural paradise based on sustainability and responsible tourism and resources’ management.

Learn on the Parks’ authorities and international Aid Associations outstanding efforts to maintain the reserve as pristine as possible as Natural Patrimony of Mankind.

An interesting piece explaining how and why the islands are located 1000 kilometers from the Continent and slit in the two hemispheres.

Do you how the tectonic plates affects the ocean ground and the volcanic islands? Do not miss this interesting reading.

A bit of textbook material and interesting facts on how natural and human events affected the history of the Archipelago throughout the years.