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.
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.
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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.
You can visit all year long, though the warmer season (December through June) is considered the optimal time to visit.
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