Made famous by Charles Darwin's infamous revolutionary study, the Galapagos Islands and their national park are full of historic intrigue that dates back to the 16th century. There are even 25,000 people who live here. For nature lovers and tourists alike, the appeal goes well beyond the aesthetic beauty of the landscape. Studying the wildlife in a location known for its impact on our general understanding of flora and fauna will enhance your experience drastically.
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Best Time to Visit
You can visit all year long, though the warmer season (December through June) is considered the optimal time to visit
The Galapagos Islands are generally warm all year round. The months from June to November are considered cool with lower rain levels than the wet and warm period from December to May
How to Get There
You can fly to the Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal or Baltra) from Quito, which will have a stop-over flight in Guayaquil before heading to the islands. Cruises are also available, and travel between the islands is done by boat and ferry
Located off of mainland Ecuador roughly 1,000 kilometers into the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos National Park comprises 97% of the entirety of the islands. The remaining land area is reserved for inhabitants. The hiking trails tend to be short, though their duration can seem grueling when done in the heat of the day. It is recommended to visit during the warm and wet season, though rainstorms can disrupt itineraries. The islands have a few different mountains, including Alcedo Volcano and Sierra Negra, which provide more challenging objectives for dedicated trekkers. Bringing sun protection is vital when planning a hiking trip here. Combining a hike with snorkeling and other water activities allows you to admire all of the wildlife the islands have to offer
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