Galapogas Islands, Ecuador
a province of
Ecuador, around 500 miles away from the coast and roughly on the
equator. You can only
get to the Galapogas by air - the goverment controls the flight prices
and the cargo boats that supply the islands are not allowed to take in
tourists or passengers.
The volcanic islands are famous
for their unique wildlife such as the Galapogas tortoises
(the Islands are named after them), penguins and
finches. You will have a guide who will
be able to tell you about the wildlife of the islands. The
animals of the Galapogas Islands have no fear of humans so you should
be able to get some great wildlife photos. The Galapogas
wildlife calendar shows some
highlights of the animal year.
Islands time zone
is an hour behind
the rest of Equador, and six hours behind GMT. The Galapogas
weather is warm all year round.
cruise is probably the
best way to see the Galapogas Islands
and you can find everything from budget boats to luxury
cruisers in the islands. Or if you want a budget
option, stay in a Galapogas
hotel on one of the islands and
trips. A land tour package like this is
actually not much cheaper than the cheapest economy Galapogas cruises,
but it might be nice to have a couple of days on the islands after your
cruise to finish your Galapogas experience.
with your travel agent that your Galapogas cruise itinerary goes to the
islands that interest you - some are best for seabirds, others for
giant tortoises, others for other types of wildlife such as
penguins, sealions, sharks or dolphins.
Have a look at a map of the Galapogas Islands and you will
see that the islands are actually a long way apart, so be prepared for
quite a lot of sailing, especially at night, if you are going to see as
much as possible on your cruise.
cruise boat categories: Economy
class is the cheapest Galapogas cruise option, the budget boats are
basic and the guide's English skills may not be that great.
Tourist class boats are a more comfortable way to cruise,
with some airconditioning, more facilities and the guide
will speak better English. On the First
Class cruisers, the guides will really know their stuff and
English, you will have much more space than on a tourist class cruise
with luxuries such as warm water. The Luxury Class cruise
boats are just that - the most expensive and luxurious Galapogas cruise
with the best facilities and guides.
cruise ships are faster and more stable but there are more of you
trying to get on and off your cruiser to see the Galapogas wildlife.
Smaller boats rock a bit more but can get into smaller
docking areas and you will quickly get to know your fellow passengers -
which is fine if you get on well with them.
not much to buy on the Galapogas Islands except
souvenirs, so take along plenty of sunscreen, camera
batteries, etc. Don't forget a hat, the Galapogas sun can be
very fierce at times (you are right on the equator here).
Darwin's experiences in the Galapogas Islands helped him to create his
Theory of Evolution which changed the way we see the natural world.
You will probably visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
as part of your Galapogas cruise or tour.
probably reached this page because you searched for Galapogas Islands
or Galapogas cruises. The locals actually spell it Galapagos
but we realise that Galapogas sounds more natural to most English
speakers so we have used that spelling here.
Spanish Vocabulary for a holiday in the Galapogas Islands, Ecuador:
Las Islas: The Islands
Galapogas: type of tortoise - the origin of the name of the Galapogas
crucero de lujo: luxury cruise
crucero económico: budget / economy cruise
Destinations: Galapogas Islands
Tourist information for Galapogas Islands tours,
cruises and excursions
Giant Galapogas tortoises, Galapogas penguines, sealions, iguanas and
other Galapogas wildlife.
Website www.ecuadortravelsite.org, text and photos by Sarah Clifford.
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