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There are 13 major islands in the Galapagos archipelago which lies 600 miles from mainland Ecuador. This incredibly special place is home to plant and animal species whose ancestors floated of were blown there. In 1959 in order to preserve the original ecology and to control the introduction of new and potentially harmful species 90% of the land surface and all of the ocean out to the national limits was designated a national park. Indigenous fauna lives without natural predators, the birds and animals are virtually fearless. Visitors can walk along trails and pass within inches of numerous species.
To minimize your impact on the fragile ecology, the park authorities have established rules which visitors must abide by and these will be explained by your guide. On land, trails have been established and visitors are expected to keep to the trails. Please respect all of the rules that you will be told about once there.
The Galapagos Islands have a sub-tropical climate. From the end of November to
June is the rainy season, however, March and April are generally the best months to visit the islands as the weather is warm, the winds light, and the sea is calm. From July to November is the dry season although it does become progressively overcast on the southern sides of the islands as the months pass.  August and September tend to be considered the 'worst' months to visit as there is
hardly any sun and it can be quite cold. From December to March the El Niño current, may flow which brings heavy rain from the north.  This does not happen every year.
accurate information about the choices available. Tours vary in length from eight days, seven nights to as short as four days, three nights. Because two of these days are spent getting to and from the islands an eight day trip will give you six full days in the islands whereas a four day trip will give you only two. There are now very few class III naturalists guides able to work in the islands however the new generation of bi-lingual national class II guides are receiving a thorough training at the National Park by the Charles Darwin Foundation. Prices range from $800 for a five day cruise on an Economic class boat to $3,000 for an eight day trip on a Luxury boat. Your cruise includes food, accommodation, transfers to/from the boat, guiding and shore visits. Not included are the park entrance fee of $100, the air ticket to the islands $415* Quito - Galapagos - Quito (High Season), life and accident insurance, gratuities to the crew ($15-$30) per cabin, any alcoholic beverages or soft drinks. *Air fares and taxes are subject to change without notice.
Some of the best diving in the world is available to experienced divers.
The minimum of Open Water Diver certification is required and your log book showing that you have made some dives within the previous 12 months. In addition you must bring a medical certificate showing that you are fit to dive.
Sea conditions can include strong currents and open, cold waters. There are two ways to go diving in the Galapagos. · Diving Charters are the way to get to the best selection of dive sites and can be combined with a second charter to visit the land sites. · Day trips from Puerto Ayora to the nearby dive sites. The cost is approximately $140 per person per day for a 2 tank dive. It is better to plan this after your cruise around the island.
· comfortable shoes for long walking · sandals · light pants / shorts · long trousers ·  long and short sleeve lightweight shirts ·  a windbreaker and light sweater (July to November can be chilly) ·  Socks ·  a lockable suitcase or backpack ·  small handbag for walking (waterproof) ·  bathing suit ·  sunglasses ·  wide brimmed hat ·  Sunscreen ·  Binoculars ·  camera · snorkeling equipment (ask to see if your boat has it on board) ·  sea sickness medication (optl.) ·  $100 USD Galapagos Park Entrance Fee & $10 USD Migratory Card · Passport and Visa if require.
On most cruises you sleep on board, traveling between the islands at night and visiting the islands during the day.
Boats are organized into Five classes - Luxury, First Class, Tourist Superior, Tourist and Economic. The reality however is that a good Turist boat will be better than a poorly run but more expensive luxury boat, so these distinctions can mean very little. It is really important to get
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