The Galapagos Islands are absolutely one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The islands lie in the Pacific Ocean and are unique because animals and plants live there, both over and under the water, that are not found anywhere else in the world. Travel information about the Galapagos Islands!
In this blog I share travel information about this exceptional archipelago: The Galapagos Islands.
Why are the Galapagos so unique?
The Galapagos were created by volcanic eruptions two million years ago and are comprised of 13 large islands and 150 small ones. These islands lie at the height of the Equator. The Galapagos are known as a unique paradise of nature. You will encounter many unique animal species that you do not see anywhere else in the world.
Most animals are remarkably tame because they have never known natural enemies. You can, therefore, approach them up close. The general rule is keeping a distance of two metres from the animal.
Due to the drought and the barren ground, only a few plant species are found on the islands. Along the coast are mangrove forests and on the inland you can find vast savannas. In some places, there are also deciduous forests with ferns and cacti.
The unique animal species, their tameness, the pristine quality and the beauty of the landscape of these islands are the reason for many travellers to want to take a look at this wondrous world, where –on some fronts- time seems to stand still.
Best time to travel?
The Galapagos have a warm and wet climate. For this reason they have a wonderful nature. The temperature is about 25 degrees througout the year and it rises up to 30 degrees in our winter months. April and May are the best months to visit these islands. The wind is then less strong and the sea is nice and clear.
How do you get there?
The islands lie about 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador and you must fly there. LAN, TAMA and AeroGal are the airlines that can fly from Quito (with a stopover) or Guayaquil (directly). The price for a round trip is about 450 dollars. On the Galapagos, there are two airports: one in Baltra (near the Santa Cruz island) and another on San Cristobal.
Every tourist who flies to the Galapagos must pay 20 dollars cash at the Quito or Guayaquil airport. This is the ‘INGALA Transit Control Card’ and it is used to register tourists that go to the Galapagos. Upon arrival at the airport on the islands, you must pay an admission fee of 100 dollars per person for the “National Park”. This can also be done with just cash. These fees are used to protect the nature.
The main island, where basically every tourist goes, is Santa Cruz. It lies close to the airport of Baltra island (the largest airport of the archipelago) and is one of the 4 islands where you can spend the night.
This is my travel information about the Galapagos Islands. Do you have more useful travel information about the Galapagos Islands?
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