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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

An ancient archipelago of volcanic islands set off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s premier destinations for viewing wildlife either by land or by sea.

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Gentle Walking Ecuador & Galapagos Safari Wildlife

16 day Gentle / Moderate Walking & Trekking
Gentle Walking Ecuador & Galapagos Safari
  • Spend four days exploring the nature & culture of northern Ecuador’s Otavalo area
  • Enjoy comfortable, handpicked accommodation with lots of character including a centuries-old, traditional hacienda
  • Explore the landscape and wildlife on three different Galapagos islands
  • Experience close encounters with incredible wildlife of the Galapagos, on foot and in the water

Flight inclusive from £6555, Land only from £5395

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Introduction

A Galapagos tour encapsulates a truly wonderful travel experience - the sheer diversity of wildlife, the incredible volcanic landscapes, the scientific importance of the islands and the awesome diving and snorkelling. Perhaps the most striking feature of the Galapagos Islands, however, is that due to lack of natural predators, no animal has developed a fear of humans - so the resulting wildlife experience is all in extreme close-up! As Charles Darwin discovered, wildlife migrated to the striking volcanic island habitat long ago, and due to the uniqueness of the habitat some have since evolved into entirely new species. Nowhere else in the world can you see the Darwin finches, Galapagos penguin or the giant Galapagos tortoise. Thanks to Darwin few other places on earth can claim to have had such an influence on science or human development.


Key Facts

  • Capital city: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Population: 26,640 (2012)
  • Size of country: 7,880 sq km
  • Currency: US dollars
  • Power supply: 110-120 Volts
  • Sockets: US-style two-pin variety
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time difference: GMT -6 hours
  • Visas: British passport holders can currently stay on the Galapagos Islands as tourists for up to 90 days without a visa
  • Religion: Roman Catholic and other
  • FCDO advice: FCDO travel advice


Climate

Wildlife viewing in the Galapagos is excellent all year round although certain activities and species are best seen at particular times of the year. For example, giant tortoise eggs hatch between December and April whilst March sees the massed arrival of Waved albatross on Espanola.

Temperatures in the Galapagos remain fairly constant throughout the year with variations between 20 and 28˚ centigrade. December to May are the warmest months to visit with good levels of sunshine punctuated by heavy, short-lived showers mainly in the afternoon. With sunshine and showers, the islands become green and colourful with an abundance of flora as well as flora. June to November is the cooler season known as ‘garua’ when the days are generally cloudier and misty. July and August is often a time of high winds making the seas choppy and therefore less suitable for cruising in a smaller boat.

If you are planning on snorkelling, underwater visibility is best around mid-December to March when waters are also warmer.

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