For millions of years, nature has flourished undisturbed relatively. Volcanic activity that formed the first Islands continue to shape the magic landscape today, providing the perfect habitat for flora and fauna like nowhere else in the world. Come and experience face to face sole of the nature’s most spectacular wonders and a living heritage for mankind, follow Darwin’s footsteps and the most important of all there is always something new to discover in the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands are an Archipielago of volcanic origin islands distributed on both sides of the Equator (Northern & Southern Hemispheres) in the Pacific Ocean, 927 kilometers (575 miles) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are part.
The Galapagos Islands and their surrounding waters form a National Park and a Biological Marine Reserve.
The Islands are well known for their vast number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by natural selection.
The land area of the 13 main islands of the Galapagos cover each a surface of more than ten square kilometers. Besides these main islands we find smaller islands, many small islets and rocks ideal for wildlife spotting or scuba diving!
Galapagos Travel Options
The most usual way to travel to the Galapagos Islands is to go by cruise. The most common cruises are the ones that have a duration of 4, 5, 8 or even 15 days. Please contact us for other options regarding dates and itineraries. For cruises there is an important thing you should keep in mind. During all these trips under this category, the first and last day of the itinerary are mainly occupied by travelling to Galapagos or back to Ecuadorian continental land.
This is concerns a cheaper alternative to visit the islands; you will stay (depending on the program) on the 4 main islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana). The visits allowed by the National Park include breathtaking spots that you will not visit during a cruise. The transportation between Islands by means of small boats which are less stable than a cruise. For this reason we don’t recommend this tour for people in search for comfort or people who could get seasick easily.
Another option you might opt for is a hotel package; this implies that you will stay in a hotel in one of the main islands. Nevertheless, the excursions are limited only to the main islands near the one you’re staying at.
You will find marvelous underwater wildlife. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is catalogued as one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. Please don´t hesitate to ask for advice and conditions, we are eager to help you!