Galapagos Islands is located in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of 19 islands and surrounding marine reserves. Due to the richness in biodiversity in the island, it has been hailed as a living museum. Indeed, you will get the opportunity to see species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and other life forms when you travel to Galapagos Islands that you will not see elsewhere. In 1835, Charles Darwin visited this group of islands and it was there that he came up with his Theory of Evolution. Galapagos Islands is part of Ecuador.
For this reason, Galapagos Islands was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The marine reserve in the Galapagos islands is abundant in coral reef systems, marine mammals and other marine life forms. This also makes Galapagos one of the most sought-after diving destinations in the world. There are more abundant marine life waiting to be discovered beneath the water surface.
One of the most popular activities in the Galapagos Islands is wildlife watching. You can also take cruises to be able to get upclose to marine mammals like sharks and dolphins. In fact, there are several tour operators in Galapagos Islands that specialize in these types of cruises.
Currency: US Dollar
Official Language: Spanish is the official language in the Galapagos Islands.
Wi-Fi Availability: Public areas such as restaurants and those frequented by tourists now offer free Wi-Fi connection. Internet access on cruise ships might vary tremendously, though. Some of those ships that are close to inhabited islands might have better coverage as compared to those traveling to remote islands.
Airport/s: The closest airport for travel to Galapagos Islands is Baltra Airport, which is about 54 minutes away.
Visa Required: Galapagos Islands is part of Ecuador. Therefore, you need to obtain a travel visa to Ecuador in order to travel to Galapagos Islands. However, nationals from UK, Canada, Australia and the US can get their visa for free upon arriving in Ecuador.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You can use your foreign-issued driver’s license in the Galapagos Islands. It also pays to bring your passport while driving.
Driving: When you travel to Galapagos Islands, you must drive on the right hand side of the road.
Crime: Galapagos Island locals are friendly and therefore crime is basically non-existent. Isolated crimes can still take place, so you have to be extra careful.
Electrical Adapters: The standard voltage in the Galapagos Islands is 120 volts with an electrical frequency of 60 Hertz.
Trivia: If you travel to Galapagos Islands, you will meet Lonesome George – the sole remaining Giant Pinta tortoise still alive on earth. Lonesome George is currently 90 years old.
What to Do in Galapagos Islands
The Volcano Sierra Negra in Isabela Island is the perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts. You will be trudging on some challenging trails and get treated to a fantastic view once you reach the summit. All worth it.
If you like to relish the beauty of the Galapagos Islands a bit longer time, why not camp at the Campo Duro (still in Isabela Island)? This safari camp and highlands farm is filled with giant tortoises that are freely roaming around.
This is one of the reasons tourists travel to Galapagos Islands – the opportunity to interact with live wildlife species in their natural habitat.
There are also lots of beautiful beaches in Galapagos Islands, especially Tortuga Beach in Santa Cruz Island.
If you are the extreme adventure-seeking type, this activity is for you. For cliff jumping opportunities, head to Las Grietas in Santa Cruz Island.
Get up close with an abundant coral reef and marine system that is beautifully preserved like no other in the world.
Where I’ve Been to in Galapagos Islands
- 2015 Travel Photography Tour – The Galapagos Islands
- Photo Essay – Galapagos Islands
- Travel to Ecuador
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: Galapagos Islands
Travel to Galapagos Islands Resources
- Planning a Trip to Galapagos
- The Galapagos Islands: Trip of a Lifetime
- Visiting the Galapagos Islands: What You Should Know
- Galapagos Islands: UNESCO World Heritage Site