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DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF
THE Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. This archipelago of islands is located 972 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador and it’s perhaps most famous for being the place where Charles Darwin first formulated his revolutionary theory of evolution.
It is not by chance that they’re also called The Enchanted Islands. A visit to the Galápagos Islands is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the highlights of any visit to South America.
BEST TIMES TO
VISIT THE Galapagos Islands
Between June and November, the Humboldt Current, a current that runs north-westward along South America’s west coast, ushers in cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich water that attracts rare fish and birds. Longer rains, however, occur during these months, and winds tend to be stronger, resulting in rougher seas. the water temperature is cooler average 71 °F.
In general, all year round is a good time to come to Galapagos, you can appreciate the different animals, in different stages, either courtship, nesting, caring for their young, or seeing them learning to fly or when they leave the nest in their stage of sub adults, in the case of sea lions in the colonies throughout the year you can see babies that do not depend much on a particular season.
AT A GLANCE:
SEASONS & PEAKS
Winter & Autumn run from June to November – Good time to travel a bit cooler although very nice
Peak season: National Holidays and from middle December to middle of January – Peak Pricing
High Season: runs from June till August
Capital City: Quito
Currency: U.S Dollars
The official currency of Ecuador is the dollar, but it´s a good recomendation that you bring in change and low denomination bills as higher denominations bills are usually not accepted in smaller businesses. MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express and Visa are all used in Ecuador, with Visa being the most widely accepted one; however, it´s a good idea to always carry around some cash, especially in little towns and areas outside the metropolitan areas. ATM’s are also widely available throughout the country.
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The Galapagos Islands are a very safe place. The archipelago is free from the threat of pirates, terrorism and organized crime. Additionally, there are not extreme weather patterns (i.e. storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.). Nevertheless, when it comes to the excursions outside, precautions must always be taken to guarantee the safety.
Due to the Covid pandemic, currently a vaccine is mandatory to enter the Galapagos islands.
There are two hospitals in the Galapagos Island: one in Santa Cruz (Republica del Ecuador Hospital) and other one at San Cristobal (Oskar Jandl hospital). There is also a much smaller Centro de Salud (Health Centre) on Isabela. Common treatments and procedures can be taken care of at the two main hospitals and the Centro de Salud offers more limited treatment options. For other, more complex procedures, patients will need to be transferred to the cities of Guayaquil or Quito on the mainland. Make sure you have travel insurance.
All tourists pay a Galapagos Entry fee of 100 USD that must be paid in cash upon arrival at the airport in Baltra.
Before checking in your flight to the islands, you have to pay a 20 USD INGLA migration card. Keep in mind this is also cash only
Electricity in Ecuador runs at 110 Volts, so adapters/converters may be necessary for tourists from Europe. Just be sure to check your item’s label before plugging it in. If you plan to use anything with a three-prong plug, bring an adapter, as most establishments only have two-prong outlets.
Transportation in Galapagos is an easy matter. In Santa Cruz, you will find particular and private buses, and in all habited islands there are taxi cabs (more pick-up trucks than actual cabs), and riding a bicycle to get you where you want to go is always a fun option too.
To hop from island to island there’s also no lack of boats that depart to all the habited islands you want to reach, and a wide variety of particular boats and cruises that can take you on cruises. We just have to warn you that it might get bumpy; and a rainjacket and hat are always good company.