The Galapagos Islands posses an untamed beauty and enchantment giving one the feeling of being on another planet. Although mere specks in the Pacific Ocean, these remote Islands have emerged as one of the most significant biological wonders on earth.
Galapagos tours are generally an extension of planned and charted Galapagos tours. However, it is when the tour leaves the boat and disembarks onto land that the traveler truly gets to experience the unique charms and historic natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands. Tour guides and expeditions can reveal the true gems of the living Galapagos communities, such as the many special animals and geological formations that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.
Galapagos tours can have one of several focuses. These include the historical elements of the island, the wildlife and topography of the island, and the scientific traits of the islands beyond animal life. While the scientific items found on the island have been some of the most interesting of any location in the world, the tourists generally focus on the wildlife, geology, and history located on its shores.
The most interesting attributes belonging to the Galapagos can be found in its animal life and volcanic geological structure. Any Galapagos tour worth its salt will have naturalist guides ready to take the average tourist across the islands in search of the many birds, sea lions, seals, crustaceans, and fish that are exclusive to this particular set of islands. There are so many to see, trips might stay on shore for weeks at a time.
All Galapagos tours start with a flight from either Quito or Guayaquil (in Ecuador) to the Islands of approximately an 1 1/2 hour to fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands and 2 1/2 hours to fly from Quito, which includes a stop in Guayaquil. The flights arrive at Baltra and San Cristobal Islands using TAME and AEROGAL.
Boats navigate during the night and spend the day on the islands. You will usually visit two islands a day and spend two to three hours on each one.
You can observe the cloud forest of endemic Scalesia trees, the Vermilion Flycatcher and perhaps the Short-eared Owl or the Galapagos Rail not to mention the unique flora of the Galapagos Islands. See giant tortoises peacefully grazing on the lush vegetation. Descend the lava tunnels, formed long ago by massive rivers of molten lava.
Underwater Galapagos tours are some of the most exciting in the world. The currents are a mix of warm tropical waters and cold currents from the Antarctic, creating the most diverse diving in the world.
The Galapagos climate is tempered by the Humboldt Current, so you do not experience extreme heat. The warmest weather is December to June, when temperatures range from 72º (22.22ºC) to 90ºF (32.22ºC), while the water temperature is in the mid 70ºF (21.11ºC). July to November is cooler, ranging from mid 60ºF (15.56ºC) to 75ºF (23.89ºC). The average water temperature rarely reaches 70ºF (21.11ºC).