The Galapagos Islands are one of the most fascinating places in the world. For thousands of years the islands were uncivilized, and for this reason many travelers feel as if they are discovering paradise. Come enjoy and appreciate this unique place!
Galapagos is the perfect adventure destination. The animals never had predators so they are not afraid of human beings, meaning that you can usually see them within close proximity. As long as you are discreet and respectful your presence will not bother the animals. It is rare to return home from Galapagos without being moved by such an experience. Why don´t you give it a try, come, see it and feel it!
Some facts about the archipelago
The islands are located on the equatorial line about 1000 km off the Ecuadorian coast. The archipelago consists of 13 main islands (5 of which are inhabited), 6 smaller islands, and 107 rocks & islets. The oldest island is thought to have been formed 5 to 10 million years ago, while the youngest ones, Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed and have frequent volcanic eruptions. 97.5% of the area is classified as protected and can only be visited when accompanied by a Naturalist Guide of the Galapagos National Park.
Many animal and plant species are endemic; like the Galapagos tortoises, the Galapagos sharks, hawks, and even penguins… The marine side of the Galapagos has been declared a Shark and Whale Sanctuary. The 70 000m² marine reserve is the world´s largest after the Great Barrier Reef.
Some animals can only be seen on specific islands like the albatross of Española Island and the red footed booby of Genovesa and San Cristobal. The Galapagos Finch has about 13 subspecies that have adapted to each of the different island’s unique food resources. The islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985. However in 2007, the Galapagos were put on the World Heritage’s endangered list.
The most famous visitor to the archipelago is surely the naturalist Charles Darwin. His studies on 4 of the islands, especially those on mockingbirds and finches, led him to develop his theory of natural selection and the Origin of Species. Interestingly, the islands were often used by English pirates as a place to hide.
Galápagos is one of the best rated dive destinations. The different currents that cross the area can lead you to see Moorish idols or even swim next to Galápagos penguins.
Galápagos can be visited year round, but each month brings different animal activity. High seasons run from July to August, and then again at Holy Week and Christmas. If you wish to travel on those dates we advise you to book at least 6 months to 1 one year in advance.