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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.

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

Kicker Rock | San Cristobal Island | Galapagos

The first location visited by Charles Darwin, second docking-port for cruises and own airport; many interesting visitor sites include Kicker Rock & Pitt Point. Read more

The largest of the Archipelago, home of over 6 volcanoes and more than 10 magnificent tourism attractions like Sierra Negra Volcano & Elizabeth Bay. Read more

Galapagos giant tortoises | Santa Cruz Island

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

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.