General Information


Year after year, the Galapagos becomes more coveted by travellers who want to experience pristine and untouched nature. A place lost in the Pacific Ocean, where animals trust humans, where you can observe sea lions, boobies, iguanas, and giant tortoises just a few meters away without frightening them. It seems as though the animals are the ones observing and studying humans because for decades the people have respected and cared for them as a treasure of humanity.


The traveler who has experienced a wonderful trip, is one who loves nature; its stunning volcanic landscape, with its great number of animals and their friendly attitude. They will have a transformative trip in the Galapagos that will be life changing; not just because of the stunning landscapes of the islands, but also the experience of swimming with sea lions, Galapagos penguins, and sea turtles among schools of colourful fish. Not to mention the scuba diving experience in Galapagos which is one of the best in the world, classified by experts as the top destination in many cases. This is due to the possibility of diving near turtles and hammerhead sharks, as well as larger species like whale sharks in Darwin and Wolf Bay, among others.


Distance from Mainland

928 km / 501 nautical miles from San Cristobal Island to mainland Ecuador.

Area, Population and Location

Área:
8,010 km2 / 3,090 square miles of land dispersed over 45,000 km2 / 17.000 square miles of ocean, which cover a total area of 138,000km2 in the Pacific Ocean.
Population: 26,640 (2012).
Location:
The islands are located on both sides of the equator; in the northern and southern hemispheres. The Galapagos archipelago consist of 13 large islands (< 10 km2), 5 medium-sized islands (between 1 and 10 km2), and 215 islets.
Time Zone: UTC (GMT) -6

Flight Time

The flight time between Quito and Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40 minute stayover in Jose Joaquin del Olmedo airport for all flights.

The flight time from Guayaquil to the islands is 1h40. There are two airports on the islands; one on Baltra and the other on San Cristobal.

Additonal Fees

The Galapagos transit card costs $20 (TCT) and must be paid in cash before check-in.
The entrance fee for the National Park must be paid in cash upon arrival at the airport in Baltra. FOREIGN VISITORS – Adults $100 – Children $50 and are valid for the duration of your stay. Credit cards are not accepted.
All visitors must comply with migratory controls and procedures, and the rules and regulations regarding the introduction of species SICGAL.

Activities

Observe wildlife on a walk, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, go on a boat ride, swim at the beaches, go on a glass-bottom boat ride and more depending on the operator and infrastructure.

Climate

From December to June:
Hot tropical rainy season
Air temperatures can climb up to 36 – 40 ° C / 96 - 104° F during the day. Water temperatures are warm, with an average of 23 - 27° C / 73 - 80+° F.

July to November:
Sub-tropical dry season
20 - 24° C / 68 - 75° F during the day and 17 - 20° C / 64 - 70° F at night. Water temperatures are between 18 - 20° C / 65 - 70° F

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