The top frequent asked questions about Galapagos – Part 1
1. What is there to do in the Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos Islands are a paradise for wildlife lovers, bird watchers, scientists and, of course, average tourists. Islands that have inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, the archipelago has a total of 19 islands and a living museum where you can observe species that are not found elsewhere on the planet.
2. Can you go to the Galapagos Islands?
Yes, you can go to Galapagos. It is no doubt one of the unique places to visit in the world, which you wouldn’t want to miss
3. Are the Galapagos Islands safe for tourists?
The Galapagos Island is safe for tourist, but not always humans are safe for the animals. It’s essential that you follow the Galapagos National Park Rules
4. What is so unique about the Galapagos Islands?
The two main factors contributed to the unique environment of the Galapagos: the island chain west of the Ecuador. One is the extreme isolation of the island chain from other areas. Long ago, different species went to the Galapagos Islands. Over time, these species progenitored the colonization of the islands while they developed special characteristics adapted to their environment. Another important factor that makes the Galapagos Islands so unique is the unusual climate of the region. The islands spread across the equator, making the climate mild. But water carrying cold Antarctic electricity and the North Pacific cools water around the island. These two conditions together make the Galapagos Island fertile ground for some of the most interesting ecological research in the world.
5. How many islands are there in the Galapagos Islands?
There are 19 Islands in Galapagos comprising of 13 major Islands with six smaller ones
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6. What is the best time of year to go to the Galapagos?
There are two major season worthy of noting. Wet season – from December to May – is warm & wet (average 30°C); dry season – from June to November -is dry but it has a nice weather as well (average 23°C)
The best time to go to the Galapagos Islands depends on how warm do you prefer the weather; the animals, flora, and the amazing landscapes can be seen during the whole year, do don’t worry about losing some great moment in the Galapagos Islands.
7. What is the average temperature in the Galapagos Islands?
December to May is characterized by wet season with an average temperature of
Temperature 27⁰C -32⁰C/ 80⁰F-90⁰F
Water temperature 21⁰C -26⁰C/ 70⁰F-80⁰F
While in June to November characterized by dry season with an average temperature of
Temperature 21⁰C -27⁰C/ 70⁰F-80⁰F
Water temperature 18⁰C -24⁰C/ 65⁰F-75⁰F
8. How do you get from Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands?
You either fly into the capital city of Quito or into Guayaquil
9. Are the Galapagos Islands protected?
The law Galapagos special law enacted by the Ecuadorian government in 1998 is legally binding to protect the Galapagos Islands
10. What the main advises to take on count for my trip?
Be well informed about the wildlife like Sea lion, Sharks, and more
Get enough protection from sun
Be guided and be safety conscious when swimming, diving
Stay hydrated and minimize Alcohol consumption
Get travel insurance that cover emergencies before traveling as there are limited medical facilities at the Galapagos Island
Adhere strictly by the guidelines and regulations laid down by the local authorities
11. What are the most popular Islands to visit in the Galapagos Islands?
Galapagos is known to have wonderful places to visit; every corner of this archipelago has something special to show you. However, these are the most popular places that you should not miss during your trip to Galapagos
Santa Cruz is a great starting point for visiting Galapagos. On the island you can see giant tortoises in their natural habitat in one of the highland´s farms such as Rancho Manzanillo, not forgetting the beautiful beaches of Tortuga Bay, Bachas, and Garrapatero.
North Seymour is the best island to see blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds.
Bartolome is popular for its Pinnacle Rock and the beautiful scenery.
Fernandina is one of the farthest island of Galapagos, where you can find species that are not on other islands such as the flightless cormorant.
Floreana is primarily known for its Post Office Bay from the 19th century and it´s still working.
There are some other activities you can find and do in the Galapagos Islands ranges from hiking, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, mountain backing, swimming. Also, we invite you to read our posts How much does it cost to travel to the Galapagos Islands? and Where are the Galapagos Islands? so you will have the complete information about the archipelago.
If you are thinking about traveling to the Islands, you should consider taking a Galapagos Cruise, its the best way to explore the farthest points of the archipielago. You can go on board of the luxury Sea Star Journey, the comfortable Seaman Journey or the daily tour Galapagos Hopper