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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
 
INTRODUCTION
 
A trip to the Galapagos Island will be the journey of your lifetime. Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consist of 13 major islands, of which 5 are inhabited. Find out more about the famous Islands by taking virtual trip with us!
The Island's interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. Scientist are still faced with a mystery how such a large diversity of species could develop in a remote location like the Galapagos Islands. On the Islands, a multitude of animals, by most people only known from the Discovery Channel, are romping about: the main reason for tourists and nature lovers to pay the Galapagos Islands a visit.
Interested who first set foot on the Islands? Whether it was the Incas, refugees, pirates, or seafarer who were seized with a thirst for adventure? Find out about the human history of the Galapagos Islands! Talking of men on the Islands: One of the first to visit was no less a person than Charles Darwin, who was fascinated by thenatural history of the archipelago. His five-week stay gave the impetus to the famous Theory of Evolution.
The Galapagos Islands are blessed with pleasant weather all year round, which means that there is no "better" time to visit those precious Islands. Still, you might take some factors like High Season vs. Low Season, or the climate into account. For yourself, your group, or your family: Check out when to go to the Galapagos Islands!
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DETAILS
 
Origin: The islands appeared from lava eruptions that came from the bottom of the ocean and that rise as much as 2,600 ft. Lava from more than 2,000 craters has continuously altered the terrain of the region. Currently, the archipelago includes 13 large islands, 6 minor ones and more than 40 islets. Some of the younger islands still have active volcanoes. Variables such as isolation, climate, altitude and texture of the land on the islands have made their distinct flora and fauna appear.

Weather: December to May the weather is sunny and warm. During the months of June to November, it’s colder and drier.

Location:600 miles west of Ecuador’s coast.

National Park entrance fee: $ 100

Airfare: There are two airports served by local airlines: on BaltraIsland and on San CristobalIsland. The price of the roundtrip flight for foreigners for either destination is of $ 390.16 from Quito and $ 345.36 from Guayaquil.

Cruise Ships: A cruise is definitely the best way to visit many of the islands in a short period of time. Tours are a minimum of four days. There is a wide range of cruise offers, from small sailboats for about 18 passengers to big luxurious cruise ships for more than 100 passengers. Contact your travel agency for more information.

Galapagos Marine Reserve: The interior waters of the islands, plus those within 40 nautical miles measured from the baseline of the Archipelago, were declared the Galapagos Marine Reserve on 1994. This is the only protected coastal marine area in the East Pacific, and the second largest Marine Reserve in the World. There are many areas with small submarine volcanoes, which are important feeding zones for marine birds and mammals. Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, penguins, a variety of colorful fish and even inoffensive sharks! Diving courses and tours are also offered for those who are willing to be adventurous!
 
 
LAND OPTIONS
 
LAND OPTIONS
Another way to visit the Galapagos is to stay in a hotel at one of the inhabited islands. You can travel from one island to the other by light aircraft or boat. The following towns offer facilities for tourists:

PuertoAyora-SantaCruzIsland: This is the main port of entrance to the Archipelago and home to the majority of human inhabitants (approx. 10,000). Close to the town are: the enchanted “TortugaBay” beach, the giant tortoise breeding center, lava caves, the headquarters of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the GalapagosNational Park. To visit the highlands of the island you need to hire a guide; up there you will find lava tunnels and impressive craters. Around town you can do snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, sea kayaking, trekking, horseback riding, etc. The town also has an exhilarating night life, and plenty tourism services.

PuertoBaquerizoMoreno-SanCristobalIsland: This is the capital of the province, and has the second larges number of inhabitants in the archipelago. From 1836 to 1904, a large portion of the highlands of the island belonged to Hacienda El Progreso, with extensive sugar and coffee plantations owned by M.J. Cobos. Cobos made an empire of his hacienda (it event had its own currency). You can visit vestiges of this hacienda, and also coffee plantations that remain to this day. The main attractions in the island are: the InterpretationCenter; OchoaBeach, Playa Man, Pitt Pint, EL Junco lagoon (the only fresh water lagoon in the archipelago) and the LobosIsland. You will be surprised by the presence of sea lions in town. A highland when visiting this island is a tour to Kicker Rock, a stunning rock formation surrounded by bountiful sea life (especially sharks). On the same trip you can visit the beautiful Cerro Brujo beach.

PuertoVelascoIbarra-FloreanaIsland: This enigmatic island is the least inhabited of the archipelago, inspite of the Fact that it was the first on to be colonized, basically by national and foreign settlers during the first decades of this century. Many legends have been written about its people. “Floreana” by Margarett Wittmer is a most interesting novel that describes the situations of these settlers! The main attractions are: the historical PostOfficeBay and Asilo de la Paz, Punta Cormoran, Corona del Diablo, Enderby and GardnerBay.

PuertoVillamil-IsabelaIsland: This enchanted town come has a population of about 2,500 people, mostly fishermen. Close to town are several impressive sites: a path alongside a reef that is home to several white tip sharks-you can easily observe them from land; “Concha y Perla” bay; a giant tortoise breeding center; and the impressive volcanoes Sierra Negra and Volcán Chico. Sierra Negra has the second larges crater in the world, with a diameter of 7.46 miles. Volcán Chico has an amazing “lunatic” landscape with fascinating lava formations. It’s possible to horseback ride or trek around Sierra Negra’s crater to Volcán Chico. Isabela also has a flamingo lake and several beautiful trails along the way to the “Wall of Tears”. This wall is proof of the genuine human history of the islands. Around 1946, this island was a penal colony. Prisoners were kept busy carrying sharp lava rocks to form this impressive mall
 
 
 
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