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The Galapagos Islands

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Among the world's most well-known archipelagos, the Galapagos Islands are a top destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the plants and animals found here are found nowhere else on earth. The archipelago is part of modern day Ecuador and much of its land mass is actually a national park.

The Galapagos Islands remain a top choice for bird watching enthusiasts, scuba divers & snorkelers, and pretty much anyone with an affinity toward animals and the natural world.

Planning your trip

The expedition cruise industry serving the Galapagos has really matured during the last ten years, with the culmination perhaps resting with the Celebrity Flora. You don't have to have your adventure with a leading modern luxury cruise brand, however. A number of well-respected adventure travel vessels & expedition cruise ships specialize in Galapagos itineraries. You simply have to share your trip needs to receive expert guidance matching you up with the best supplier.

Although we think the best way to explore the islands is by sea, a number of tour options exist for smaller expeditions or adventurous pre-arranged tours. Although you may find that you spend time on the water anyhow.

When you should go

The islands may be visited throughout the year, with plenty of local and migratory wildlife to be seen throughout the archipelago. You may only have to decide which creatures you most wish to see, such as nesting of the waved albatross. Both the islands and the mainland experience a warm season and a dry season, although slightly different for each locale. Many visitors enjoy the dry season for its clearer blue skies and reduced rainfall. Dry season falls June through September for the mainland and June through December for the Galapagos Islands. There are seasonal changes throughout each month of the islands, as is expected of island weather! Check with your travel advisor for specific needs or desires in viewing wildlife.

What else you might need

For visitors to Ecuador holding a US passport, a tourist visa is generally not required for visits of up to 90 days. Visiting the Galapagos Islands requires an additional permit, typically included in your cruise or expedition fare, but you should confirm this with the provider in advance of arrival. For those arriving independently onto Baltra or San Cristobal, expect a US$100 fee for adults and those over the age of 12, US$50 for children. Fees are payable in cash only.

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