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Darwin’s book on ‘the Origin of Species’ was the first book to introduce Galapagos islands to the world. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Galapagos Islands Ecuador is a volcanic archipelago and it’s exotic flora and fauna will leave you spellbound to think about nature’s wonder that could possibly exist. Being a world heritage site and a natural habitat, it has been preserved in the most conscious way and that’s why visitors need to follow strict guidelines about what to carry and what not to carry or do in order to help in conservation measures. It would be good to follow these guidelines to avoid any hassles on your trip.
Location: Pacific Ocean
Area: 7880 sq.km
Nearest railhead: NIL
Nearest airport: San Cristobal Airport and Baltra Airport
How to reach: Via flight from Ecuador to San Cristobal or Baltra
Famous for: Galapagos Islands tour, Puerto Villamil, Birdwatching, Diving
Months Open: Any time of the year
Best time: June to December
You should note that there are no direct international flights from any country to the Galapagos Islands. You need to take a flight to mainland Ecuador first.
Step 1: Reach Ecuador by flying to the city of Guayaquil. The islands are nearer to Guayaquil.
Step 2: Take a flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands. It will take two hours. Isla Baltra and Isla San Cristobal are the two airports at Galapagos. Select the airport according to the place of the departure of your cruise.
Mode of commutation at Galapagos Islands
Sightseeing in Galapagos Island
Located on San Cristobal Island La Loberia is known for its scenic beauty. It takes around two hours to explore it completely.
Located on Santa Cruz Island, this place is famous for trekking to the ranch’s lava tunnels and it takes around 1-2 hours to complete the trek.
Located on Galapagos Islands, shark point is famous for water sports like snorkeling, diving, and swimming. One can easily spend an entire day over here to enjoy water sports.
Located on Isabel Island, Puerto Villamil is famous for snorkeling and biking and it takes a complete day to explore this place. One can visit Pozo Villamil to spot marine iguanas and migrant birds of 20 different species. Situated above the central square is the famous church, Iglesia Cristo Salvador. It is famous for the Galapagos iconography. The stained glass of the church displays native wildlife and the mural near the altar portrays Jesus climbing up Puerto Villamil.
Located on Santa Cruz Island, one can visit Charles Darwin Research Station for free of cost. It takes around 2 hours to see this research station.
Located on Isabel Island, Sierra Negro Volcano is known for its serene backdrop and hiking. As per Galapagos Islands tourism, visitors should spend one complete day over here to admire nature’s beauty by hiking over here.
This place is again famous among tourists for its water sports activities like snorkeling and boating. The water babies can easily spend a day over here to explore ocean bed to see marine life and coral reefs.
Wildlife at Galapagos Islands
During Galapagos Islands tour, visitors can spot gigantic sea tortoise, sea lion, fur seals, penguins, lava lizard, hood mockingbirds, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos hawks.
It is heaven for seafood lovers and one can Relish Galapagos Shrimp and Seafood Rice. Apart from seafood one can enjoy sipping organic coffee and eat exotic fruits such as tree tomato, papaya and guava are sold at all the food stalls.