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Galapagos travel tips
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For a trip to Galapagos you must take into account that the majority of agencies that organize trips with naturalist guides and cruises to the Islands have the head offices in Ecuador with departures from Quito or Guayaquil.


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It is also important to know that you have to pay an admission fee to the Galapagos National Park with a value of $ 100 USD when you arrive in the Islands.


At present there are rules to protect the Islands from the mass tourism despite which Galapagos is visited by 650,000 tourists a year from many parts of the world. Open areas are strictly limited and it is mandatory to go with a naturalist tour guide. So it is also important to know that there is a time difference with the Continental Ecuador of an hour, one hour less than in the continent.


About the weather, you have to know the Galapagos Islands are located on the equator; the climate of the Islands is moderated by the Humboldt Current although its climate slightly varies depending on the time of year. The warm season is from December to June, with temperatures between 22 ° C to 32 ° C, and the usual temperature of water is at an average of 21 °. From July to November is cooler and varies between 16 ° C and 23 ° C, while the temperature of the water in this period rarely reaches 20 ° C.


If you want to be familiar with the currency, both Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands handled the dollar. American dollars and Traveler's checks are accepted in the Islands. The most commonly accepted credit cards are MasterCard and Visa, while American Express is hardly used.


The most common way to go to the Islands is by air. There were cargo ships that went to the Islands, but it was a long and uncomfortable journey. Most flights arrive in Baltra, planned for cruises departing from Puerto Ayora several times a week. Some flights arrive at San Cristobal to those who take a different tour in the Galapagos.


As additional information to help you to decide when to travel to the Galapagos Islands: from June to September you can observe humpback whales. Every year there are groups of these marine mammals who travel from Antarctica to the Ecuadorian coast in search of warm waters to mate and have their offspring.


The largest groups of humpback whales are always reported in a place called "El bajo de Canta Gallo” located between the Island of La Plata and Puerto Cayo.


Below we provide a list of websites with additional information to plan your trip to the Enchanted Islands:

Lonely Planet: Travel Guide & information on The Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Wildlife


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Galapagos offers all possible tourists comfort. If you are interested in the Galapagos Islands tours, you will find all the comfort you demand. It is important to check with your travel agency or tour operator about fees to the National Park, the stay rates, etc.


As a suggestion, you can also visit a place cheaper than Galapagos Islands. You can go to Isla de la Plata on the shores of Ecuador, province of Manabí, Machalilla National Park part.

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