Galapagos Islands are located 600 miles west of Ecuador, it is made up 13 major islands, 6 smaller islands and 42 islets and it is home a great number of endemic and migratory species with an area of 8.010 Km2, Galapagos is of volcanic origin and emerged 6 million years so they are considered to be one of the most active volcanic groups in the world.
The scientist Charles Darwin visited the islands in the middle of the 19th century where he was inspired in his theory of “The Evolutions of The Species”; at the present the Foundation that takes his name contributes with the control and management of this fragile and delicate ecosystem for this one and other reasons was declared as Natural Heritage of the Humanity in 1978.
The name of Galapagos is due to the giant tortoise that lives there and has an incredible variety of species such as: giant tortoises, land iguanas, finches, albatrosses, frigates, penguins; as also very important the Marine Reserve where it offers the opportunity of having a unique experience to dive or swim with sea lions and the possibility to observe sharks, whales, marine iguanas, variety of fish, coral reefs; there are two seasons that occur throughout the year, the rainy season from January to May, temperatures between 23 and 27 c° , sunny days and the cold season from June to December, temperatures of 19c°, cloudy skies and rough sea.
The entrance to Galapagos is given by two airports Baltra and San Cristobal; visitors can choose options to go through the islands, one of them known as “Island Hopping” and it consists of visiting the main islands Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and other places authorized by the National Park, this modality allows visitors to make excursions in the morning and overnight will be in a hotel in the category of their preference.
Another alternative to visit the most distance and uninhabited islands is through “Navigable Tour” this means that visitors will be aboard a yacht and each one has technical specifications, capacity and category.
It should be note that departure days and places of visit are determined by authorities of National Park, so the itineraries have been designed according to these dispositions and can be modified without prior notice.
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