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About The Galapagos Islands

The “Enchanted Islands” The Galapagos – The Middle of the World

Located 970 km (600 miles) west of the Ecuadorian coast on the Equator, the Galapagos Islands consist of 6 main islands, 12 smaller islands and over 40 small islets.

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands that originated about 10 million years ago and continue forming to this day due to volcanic eruptions where lava flows into the sea.

Evolution in the Galapagos

Since their formation 10 million years ago, to their discovery in 1535 by Thomas de Berlanga, the Spanish Bishop of Panama, the Galapagos Islands were completely isolated from the mainland. Throughout the millennia, a large number of birds, reptiles, insects, and plants drifted or flew to its shores, creating the unique flora and fauna found in the Galapagos today. The Islands have never been connected to a continent, therefore, over time, species have developed and adapted to the unique ecosystems of the Islands. Many species continued on and soon began to differentiate from their continental ancestors resulting in the development of many endemic species (not found anywhere else) on the Islands. Until recently, the animals on the Islands had no exposure to humans and therefore never learned to fear them and remain extremely tame in human presence.

At the culmination of his journey around the world with the HMS Beagle (1831-1836), the English scientist Charles Darwin, arrived at the Galapagos Islands in September 1835. The scientific findings he made during his stay at the Galapagos built the basis of his essay “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” that completely changed the course of biological science.

When you visit the Galapagos Islands you will quickly understand why the Spanish pirate Diego de Rivadeneira named the Islands “Las Islas Encantadas” (The enchanted islands). The Islands are filled with prehistoric looking land iguanas, 11 different species of giant tortoises, which give the Island their name (galapago means tortoise in Spanish), mocking birds pecking at your shoe laces, curious sea lions playing with you while you snorkel. There are 13 species of endemic finches (the famous Darwin’s finches), moon like landscapes and mist-covered volcanic peaks, red sand beaches, strange forests of prickly pear cactus, the world’s pinkest flamingoes (!), the biggest breeding-colony of albatrosses in the world, blue-footed boobies performing their “sky pointing” dance, and hunting penguins swimming around your legs. These Islands are truly enchanting.

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their unique species. All the reptiles, half of the plants, and 40% of the birds are endemic to the Galapagos.

Travel to Galapagos

There is no single best time to go to the Galapagos and the climate is pleasant all year round. That said, depending on your preferences of weather and what wildlife and wildlife events you want to see, you may want to choose the precise time of year you travel.

Our boats will take you to many of the different Islands. Each stop provides the incredible opportunity to go snorkeling among playful Sea lions, Dolphins, Sharks (totally safe!), innumerable tropical fish, and giant Manta Rays. You will also have the opportunity to watch the amusing red- and blue- footed boobies, huge land iguanas, and all the other endemic animals on the Island. The boats offer shore excursions where you can explore the different Islands, admire the unique plant life and animals, and be filled with information from an English speaking naturalist guide. There is never a dull moment in the Galapagos. We have many different boats that will satisfy all your needs. From smaller motor sailor yachts, to economy and luxury cruises. Imagine, plentiful sun, warm breezes, crystal clear water, and an abundance of flora and fauna; our boats are an excellent choice for enjoying the Galapagos Islands.

Our hotels will let you experience and enjoy the calm and serenity of the Galapagos Islands before or after your cruise. We offer to you hotels with comfortable rooms and excellent services and facilities. Our hotels will provide you with the opportunity to rest and relax in peace and tranquility during your stay in the Galapagos. We offer to you hotels on the Islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Floreana, and Isabela.

We also offered you Land-Based Tours of the Islands, an attractive alternative to enjoy the Galapagos Islands with your family or friends. These tours offer you a chance to explore the different Islands of the Galapagos and stay at a near by hotel. We offer numerous tours to fit all of your needs. On our combined tours you will have the opportunity to see what these enchanted Islands have to offer such as, sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, different marine species, as well as other flora and fauna . In addition, you could see all the highlights of the Galapagos and enjoy a stay in beautiful accommodations.

Galapagos Travel Guide

  • Hiking Tour in Galapagos

Scalesia Lodge

A premium active program, that offers plentiful opportunities for incredibly close encounters with Galapagos wildlife.

  • Solymar Hotel Galapagos

Solymar Hotel

Hotel Solymar is where you can view both the sun and the sea at the same time while residing in one of the 17 different oceanside rooms.

  • Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel paths

Tour Package with Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Located on the outskirts Puerto Ayora, Finch Bay is the only beachside hotel on Santa Cruz Island that offers beach front access with phenomenal ocean view rooms. Families are welcome with children of all ages.

Puerto Villamil Travel Guide

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Galapagos Islands make for an exciting vacation destination for just about everyone, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, an active nature exploration, or a fun family trip. And the town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, is a staple visit for most Galapagos cruises and a great place to stay on a land-based or island-hopping tour.

Photography in the Galapagos Islands

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Capturing your Galapagos experience in stunning pictures is a great way to remember your Galapagos journey and share it with friends and family back home. But if you’re a rookie photographer who’s never really had much experience, you’ll want to practice before you leave so that you’re ready when your Galapagos adventure begins!

How Much Does a Galapagos Cruise Cost?

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

There’s no such thing as a “bad” Galapagos cruise, but it’s also definitely true that the more you pay, the more amazing your experience will be, in terms of comfort, experience, food, guides, and trip length. All cruises are all-inclusive, meaning that your ticket price includes meals onboard, lodging, and any transportation specifically listed in the itinerary

Geology of the Islands of Fire: Galapagos

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Galapagos Islands were born of fire - the same fire that melts the earth’s crust and has created a unique natural environment that could not exist without it. While many people visit the Galapagos Islands each year for the stunning wildlife, others feel that the geology itself is the most fascinating characteristic in the Galapagos Islands.

Endemic Species in the Galapagos Islands

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Galapagos Islands are considered by biologists one of the world’s most pristine “natural laboratories,” where some of the most fascinating life can be observed in its purest forms. It is here, in the varied and unique ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, isolated in the Pacific Ocean by more than 600 miles from the mainland, that many endemic species thrive.

When to Visit the Galapagos Islands

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

When is the best time to go to the Galapagos? There is no best time really. Any time is great to visit, but it's helpful to know the basics of Galapagos' climate and other variables such as wildlife activities and tourist high and low seasons in order to pick just the right time of year that will feature the things you wish to see and do.

Visiting the Galapagos Islands on a Budget

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Although the Galapagos Islands host some of the most luxurious cruises and nature lodges, it's also a great destination for those looking to explore the best nature has to offer on a budget. The best way to balance your budget is to plan ahead. A little bit of forward thinking and investigation before your trip can save you a bunch of money.

Top dive spots in the Galapagos Islands and tips on how to visit them

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

If you are an experienced diver looking for a bold new adventure into some of the most vibrant marine utopias nature has to offer, then look no further than the Galapagos Islands. While snorkeling allows casual vacationers the opportunity to witness exciting and colorful scenes around popular coral reefs, SCUBA diving gives more seasoned divers a chance to get up close and personal with some of the true underwater wonders of the Galapagos’ 30+ dive sites.

Puerto Ayora Travel Guide

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Puerto Ayora is on the island of Santa Cruz, the most central island in the Galapagos both geographically and culturally. Puerto Ayora is the biggest town in the Galapagos Islands and has everything you could hope for – a wide variety of stores for any last-minute purchases, excellent restaurants, bars, clubs, and even karaoke.

San Cristobal Travel Guide

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Welcome to the oldest and second most populated island of the Galapagos, San Cristobal. This island is the furthest island from the volcanic hotspot that has produced the Galapagos Islands, indicating its relatively old geological age. It is also home to an extremely unique natural environment, unlike any other in the Galapagos Islands.

Best economical yachts and cruises in the Galapagos

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Galapagos Islands are best experienced on a cruise, and there are plenty of boats, itineraries, and promotions to suit any budget. All Galapagos cruises focus primarily on exploring the natural and historical wonders of the Islands, so even budget cruises guarantee travelers an unforgettable experience.

New Yachts & Ships in the Galapagos for 2018 – 2019

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Outward bound for 2018 are five new luxury-class yachts and one midrange boat are this year and two luxury yachts for 2019. Since the total number of boats cruising the Galapagos is strictly controlled by the Galapagos National Park, seven older and lower priced vessels will be retired from service.

An update of Ecuador Tourism Industry after the earthquake

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

If you’ve been planning your dream vacation to Ecuador, don’t cancel it because of the recent earthquake. Despite the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck the coastal provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas on April 16, 2016, the booming tourism business that Ecuador depends on was largely unaffected. In fact, since tourism is one of Ecuador’s primary income sources, visiting this enchanting country is one of the best ways people can help Ecuador recover

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