Experience the Galapagos Islands – What you need to know before you book
Information about Galapagos Islands
Taking a Galapagos tour is the all inclusive way of seeing the entirety of what the Islands have to offer. In total there are 20 islands that make up the Galapagos. They are each at least one kilometer (0.6mi) across, with 7 small and 13 large islands. In addition there are numerous islets; small and uninhabited, but perfect for visiting to see what creatures they host. The perfect way to visit these more remote islets is through a Galapagos tour.
There are three main populated islands. The largest, Isabela, is only the third most populated. Santa Cruz is the second largest, but crucially the most populated and with the best infrastructure. The third is San Cristobal island and serves as the capital of the Galapagos. It is also has one of two airports servicing the Galapagose. The other is on Baltra island. If you stay on land, you will likely stay on Santa Cruz or San Cristobal, and find a hotel near the port as to save transport time when heading for the boats each morning. The alternative option is to stay at sea with a Galapagos luxury tour.
On one of our PIE Experiences Galapagos luxury tours, you will have the opportunity to tour several islands of the Galapagos. You can learn about it here.
Galapagos Islands tourist attractions
Santa Cruz island
- Las Bachas – a white sand beach where nesting turtles can be seen.
- The highlands – here you can walk with giant turtles.
- Las Loberias – a picturesque little cove where you can see iguanas and sea lions.
- James Bay – an entry point to explore the flora and fauna of Isabela island.
- Urbina Bay – the wonder of swimming with sea lions!
- Punta Espinosa – an excellent spot for marine iguanas.
- Famous for its abundance of unique birdlife, including red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds.
Where are the Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos Islands are a series of sparsely inhabited (at least by humans) islands 1,000km / 600mi off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. They are a naturalist’s dream, home to dozens of unique species that exist in a delicate eco-system and a microcosm of life on earth.
They can be approached either by air from Ecuador or by sea. If you fly to the Galapagos Islands, you must do it from Quito or Guayaquil. Both cities are in Ecuador.
For an extensive and all-encompassing read on everything you need to know about the Galapagos Islands, please refer to our blog post here. It will answer all the questions you have and all the ones you don’t have.
When is the best time to go to Galapagos Islands?
There is no bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands. Every single day is the best time to visit. Each season brings with it its own charms. Some creatures are only present on the islands seasonally, in which case if you desire to see something specific it would be wise to check with your Galapagos luxury tour operator.
June through to December are the cooler, dryer months. The weather is generally a bit greyer and a light, misty rain is possible. January through to May and warmer and wetter, but these climate conditions are more dynamic and the wildlife often responds. March and April tend to be the hottest and wettest months, August the coolest.
The cool, dry months bring with them cooler ocean currents, which can require a wetsuit, but in turn they bring in plankton, and the marine life which feasts on it.
There are 20 islands of the Galapagos, each being at least one kilometre (0.6mi) across, with 7 small and 13 main islands. And then there are numerous islets; small and uninhabited, but perfect for visiting to see what creatures they host. A good way to visit the more remote islets is on a Galapagos lslands tour.
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