The Galapagos Islands provide endless opportunities for taking part in a range of exciting activities, from snorkelling with turtles and sea lions to cliff jumping into lagoons. Before you set off on your adventure, there are plenty of factors to consider.
In our Galapagos Islands travel guide we’ll talk you through some key information including what to do, where to stay, how to get there and more. With our handy guide, you’ll be well equipped to start planning your expedition.
How do you get to the Galapagos Islands?
You might be wondering; how do you get to the Galapagos Islands? As a national park, isolated 600 miles away from the coast of South America, there are certain restrictions for incoming flights. If you’re looking to get a flight, the majority flying to Galapagos depart from Ecuador, in Guayaquil or Quito. When flying from England, the travel time takes approximately 16 hours with at least one stopover in Madrid or Bogota.
Alternatively, you can take the boat from Ecuador to the islands in approximately 3 – 4 days. However, if you suffer from sea sickness, it might not be the best option for you as it can be quite choppy!
Where to stay in the Galapagos Islands
If you’re struggling with deciding where to stay in the Galapagos Islands, we can help you out. With a range of accommodation to choose from, we know how difficult it can be finding the right place for you. For general comfort and closeness to amenities, there are plenty of great hotels with air conditioning and an ocean view.
Looking for something a little more fancy? A variety of luxury lodges are available to book for your stay. With modern architecture and eco-friendly options, choose a lodge for a real treat.
What to do in the Galapagos Islands
Thinking about what to do in the Galapagos Islands? With so many interesting things to do and see, you won’t be short of choice. Here are some of our top suggestions for what to do while you’re there:
• Go snorkelling. With an abundance of snorkelling hotspots, head to the waters and swim alongside sea lions, manta rays and even some species of sharks. Just make sure you contact a safety expert to go with you.
• Explore lava tunnels. If you’re a fan of geography, then this is a must-do activity. On Santa Cruz Island, head to the village of Bellavista and walk through the lava tunnels (or lava tubes as they’re also known).
• Experience cliff jumping. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try cliff jumping at Las Grietas. Dive into the crystal clear waters from volcanic rocks.
• Witness wildlife. With vast amounts of endemic species in the Galapagos Islands, embark on a wildlife tour. With an expert guide taking you around, you’ll be able to spot rare animals that you may have otherwise missed.
What animals live in the Galapagos Islands?
After hearing all about the endemic wildlife, you may be questioning; what animals live in the Galapagos Islands?
We’ll talk you through a few of the animals inhabiting the islands. With an array of awesome species of birds, see flamingos, mockingbirds, and the aptly named magnificent frigatebird – witness their eye‐catching red breasts! As well as this, you’ll be able to spot a variety of mammals like sea lions, fur seals and bats. The islands are also home to plenty of reptiles such as the historic Galapagos tortoise, snakes, iguanas and friendly lava lizards.
When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?
When planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands, it’s important to consider the time of year that you’re going. At the beginning of the year, the weather brings both sunshine and rain. If you’re hoping for hot weather and plenty of trips to the beach, your best bet is to plan your trip during the spring. Things start to cool down from July to November, so you may need to bring a waterproof jacket with you in these months.
What to take to the Galapagos Islands
With a selection of small shops on the islands, you’ll be able to pick up some basic supplies – just be aware the prices will be high so it’s best to bring your own. Some of the key items to take include:
•Clothing. Make sure to take a pair of outdoor shorts, sturdy walking shoes, lightweight t‐shirts, a sun‐hat, and waterproof outers. For added protection, view our range of sun‐protective clothing so you can enjoy your adventure without discomfort.
•Toiletries. As mentioned previously, there aren’t many places to buy toiletries out on the island. Pack the regular personal hygiene products like body wash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, but also a high SPF sun cream, insect repellent and sea sickness tablets.
•Extras. If you’re planning on taking part in some exciting activities like snorkelling, it may be worth taking your own kit (if you have it) as it could help you to save some money. Another key thing to remember is currency! So be sure to get some US dollars ahead of your trip.
What NOT to take to the Galapagos Islands
Now you know what to take to the Galapagos Islands, it’s important to remember the things you shouldn’t bring. In order to protect the island and its various species, you cannot bring any kind of fruit, vegetable or plant with you. In addition to this, make sure you thoroughly wash the soles of your shoes or anything that could hold any threats to the environment.
Having read our Galapagos Islands travel guide, we hope you’re feeling excited and prepared for your adventure. Make sure you’ve got all the gear you need for your trip with our range of outdoor clothing.