How to Get Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind natural site. This UNESCO World Heritage place is a chain of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean 972 km off the coast of Ecuador. The remote location offers an incredible opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna that are not found anywhere else in the world. Here, you will be able to visit the famed Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat, snorkel among bright tropical fish, marine iguanas, and sharks that pose no threat to humans, and hike among spectacular volcanic landscapes that look as though they belong to another universe.
The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator and are located in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, with three islands lying directly on the equatorial line. They are formed by thirteen larger islands, six smaller islands, 42 islets and several rocks, which cover a total area of 7,850 km². The largest island is Isabela, with a total area of 4,590 Km² and has the highest point of the archipelago, Wolf Volcano, at 1,690 meters above sea level. The Galapagos National Park controls 97% of the total area of the islands.
The rest belongs to inhabited and developed areas on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana, and Baltra, an island occupied by the Ecuadorian Armed forces. The Galapagos Archipelago is a province of Ecuador. The capital of the Galapagos is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the island of San Cristobal. Puerto Ayora, on the island of Santa Cruz, is the city with the most tourist activity. The island´s total population, including floating population, is about 25,000 inhabitants.
How to visist
Daily flights connect the Ecuadorian mainland with the Galapagos Archipelago. After a 3 hour flight from Quito with a middle stop in Guayaquil you arrive at Baltra or San Cristobal airports. Upon you arrival, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. And you will also pay the National Park entrance fee in cash.
Once at the airport in Galapagos, one of our representatives will meet you. We’ll provide a transfer from the airport to your ship or hotel (if you arrive on the same date that your tour begins). If you arrive before the date your tour begins or leave after your tour ends, we will provide transportation to and from the airport at an extra cost if you let us know beforehand.
When to visit
The Galapagos have two seasons governed by strong ocean currents. The dry season is from July to December, and the rainy season is from January to June. The Humboldt Current is particularly prevalent in the dry season, helped by brisk southeast winds. The Humboldt Current cools the sea and forms the “garua” mist hanging at an altitude of 300-600 meters where the cool, moist air over the water meets the warm air above that is heated by the sun. In the warmer rainy season, the winds die off, allowing warm currents from Panama to displace the Humboldt Current. Sea temperatures rise, the mist dissipates, and rain clouds can form. March and April are the wettest months. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year.
What to Bring
We recommend that you bring only what you absolutely need to the Islands. There is a weight restriction of 44 pounds of luggage, or 20 kg, for all flights to the Galapagos. For daytime clothing you will be fine in shorts, a T-shirt, a hat, and sunglasses. In the evenings, sea breezes make long pants and a long-sleeved shirt necessary. A light-weight raincoat is adequate for rain showers and the garua drizzle. You will need sturdy boots or shoes for the jagged lava landscapes over which you will hike and sandals for the beach. For health related matters, take plenty of sunscreen, particularly for the highlands, and insect repellent during the wet season (January-June). Bring earplugs if you wish to block out the engine noise of your tour boat, and seasickness tablets if you are prone to motion sickness.
The Galapagos Islands are ideal for adventure activities. The snorkeling is among the best in the world, and the specialized magazine “Rodale's Scuba Diving” has classified Galapagos as the best destination in the world for this activity.
Galapagos offers magnificent landscapes that are perfect for hiking. The spectacular scenery has a rich variety of flora, and a chance to view the most incredible wildlife.
All visitor sites in the Galapagos Islands are made for on-foot excursions, which range from a few hundred meters up to one or two kilometers, and can last from one to three hours.
All hiking paths have been marked by the Galapagos National Park; our qualified naturalist guides will always accompany you. The paths are, in some cases, tough and irregular, and you may hike over rough lava rock that heats up under the tropical sun, which is why we recommend the use of good sneakers or Teva-type sandals.
The Galapagos waters provide some of the most extraordinary snorkeling opportunities. There is an abundance of snorkeling locations with an outstanding variety of sea life and coral reefs to explore.
Galapagos has become a popular destination for snorkeling and has attracted enthusiasts from all around the world. Half of the enchantment and excitement of the Galapagos experience is to see marine life in action. Nothing is quite comparable to swimming alongside a Galapagos shark or being teased by an agile sea lion as he dives and circles around you.
Whether you are an experienced diver looking for new challenges or a total beginner interested in a full diving course, SCUBA GPS will help you to make the most of your diving adventure in Galapagos.
We can offer you complete diving holiday and travel packages, including all of your scuba and snorkeling equipment.
The Galapagos topography is ideal for a relaxing but adventurous down hill performed in gravel roads and off roads trails crossing unique vegetation and volcanic landscapes.
Discover The Galapagos in a different way… travel in small groups getting closer of this unique world… by bike.
Kayaking is not just a kayak and a couple of paddles in the ocean. Imagine: you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is a new Discovery for your senses.