Discover Darwin's living laboratory
Information about Galápagos
Are you a travel and nature enthusiast? Maybe even a photography-, birding- or diving aficionado? Then, a trip to the Galápagos Islands will be the journey of your lifetime.
The Enchanted Islands feature a blazing array of endemic wildlife species, wonderful beaches and, arguably, some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving spots. The creatures that call the islands home, many found nowhere else in the world, act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi. Rich in food, blessed with good weather and lacking most natural predators, a huge array of species co-exist peacefully on the islands, many of which were able to evolve into entirely unique and endemic species. This fascinating evolutionary process is so apparent that the Galápagos are often called a “living laboratory”.
Interesting facts about Galápagos
Every part of the Galápagos’s exceptional and distinctive ecosystem can be traced back to the mixing of marine currents: Cold and nutrient-rich waters from the Humboldt Current mix with baththub-warm waters close to the Equator, creating a perfect environment for one of the world's most exceptional and distinctive ecosystems.
There is no mass tourism in Galápagos. The reason: The Galápagos National Park strictly controls the number of visitors allowed to visit the archipelago each year, making the Galápagos one of the most highly protected and monitored destinations in the world.
While you can also stay on a hotel on the Galápagos Islands and visit the surroundings with day-tours, the most interesting visitor sites in the Galápagos can only be reached on a cruise. This form of tourism has the huge advantage that you can travel at night (no back-breaking speedboat rides!) and have a lot more time available at the different sites. Plus, it's more of an adventure! Click here for more info
A Tip for travelers: Flights leave to Galápagos from Quito or Guayaquil in mainland Ecuador, and arrive in Baltra or San Cristóbal in Galápagos. Inquire with us for your flights, we'll be very glad to help!
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