The Enchanted Islands, one of the most renowned destinations in the world offer a one of a kind nature experience.

Picture yourself walking amongst giant turtles, sea lions and exotic birds or swimming alongside whale sharks and giant manta rays who have no fear of man and are just as curious about you as you are about them. This unique opportunity is only possible in the Galapagos Islands. Located 1.000 kilometers (600 miles) off the Ecuadorian Pacific Coast, the islands are a living museum and showcase of evolution. Declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, the Galapagos have also been recognized as the first destination to visit before you die by the readers of USA TODAY.

 

GALAPAGOS FACTS

Weather

The weather in the Galapagos Islands is divided into two seasons, the warm wet season with temperatures around 30°C (86°F) from January to May / June, and the cool dry season with temperatures around 22°C (72°F) from June / July to December.

Gastronomy

Galapagos cuisine is diverse, fresh and abundant. It is renowned for its seafood, in particular shrimp and lobsters, as well as its choice of freshly caught fish. Not to be missed are the Island´s delicious “ceviches”.

Galapagos main Adventure activities

Swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, hiking, guided nature walks, bird watching.

GALAPAGOS HIGHLIGHTS

Galapagos Marine Reserve

The Galapagos Marine Reserve covers an area equivalent to half of Ecuador’s landmass and is the second biggest marine reserve in the world. Species from across the Pacific congregate in the waters that surround the Island, making for an exceptional scuba diving and snorkeling experience.

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is a paradise-like white sand beach bathed by turquoise waters and considered one of the most beautiful bays in the Galapagos. Each year, it welcomes countless sea turtles at nesting time who come to lay their eggs on the protected sands. Located in the southern end of Santa Cruz Island and it can be reached via a well-marked trail that crosses a prickly pear cactus forest.

Charles Research Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a biological research station located on Santa Cruz Island where scientists and volunteer work on research and conservation projects. Open to the public, one can visit its information center, museum, baby tortoise house, and adult tortoise enclosure where one can come face to face with the Galapagos giants.

Isabela Island

Isabela is the largest and one of the youngest Galapagos Islands. It is located on the western edge of the archipelago and boasts the largest population of giant wild tortoise. Besides the island´s abundant animal, bird, and marine life, it is also its active volcanoes, and in particular the Sierra Negra crater, the second largest in the world (11km / 7 miles diameter), that attract visitors.

 

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