THE

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

When to visit?

 

There is never really a bad time to visit, but part of the government’s plan to protect these islands includes limiting the number of visitors to each island at any given time. Tour itineraries are coordinated with this regulation in mind, and most crowding issues occur from peak season of mid-June through September and again in mid-December to mid-January.

 

From December through May the islands tend to be quieter (excepting the holiday period mentioned above), but frequent sunshine is also punctuated with almost daily rain showers. As water temperatures change and seasons shift, different types of wildlife become more or less plentiful—so it’s worth keeping a “must-see” species list in mind when planning your itinerary.

How to Get There?

 

The islands have two airports, Isla Baltra and Isla San Cristóbal, which are serviced by regular flights from mainland cities Quito and Guayaquil.

 

How to visit?

 

Accommodations are available on several islands, and public boat and plane services allow visitors to move about the archipelago. But perhaps the best way to experience the Galápagos is by boat. Whether your interests lie in bird watching, diving, snorkeling, surfing, or other activities an appropriate tour option exists—including National Geographic Expeditions.

Know first hand Darwin’s discoveries

 

5 million years ago due to the tectonic activity, submarine volcanic eruptions began and formed the first islands of the Galapagos. This islands progressively got populated by some animals that arrived such as iguanas, tortoises, and a big quantity of birds.

 

In 1835 the famous scientific Charles Darwin arrived to the islands for scientific purposes. He spent five weeks to take samples that were the base for his results on “The Origin of the Species”.

 

In 1959 the Galapagos Islands were declared as a National Park, covering a total of 97.5% of the islands as a protected territory. Then the Charles Darwin Foundation took place as an investigation center, and for 1964 the Scientific Station was created with the same name. For 1978 the UNESCO declared this reserve as a World Heritage, for 1985 the archipelago will be also declared as a Biosphere Reserve, and the next year Ecuador declared it as a Maritime Reserve.

 

Today the islands offers many options for luxury cruising in a sustainable way.  Charter a cruise in this exclusive destination and explore the Galapagos Islands. Be part of the evolution that still lives in our present and be one of the few that can visit this unique paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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