Keep count of the different species of birds you can spot on the islands. Enthusiast or not you will definetly be able to see a wide variety while visiting the islands as there are over 58 species inhabiting the islands. These birds do not fear humans as much as mainland birds, so get a close look and a clear shot with your camera.
Sign up for tours on land and sea with the different modes of transportation available to be able to spot the long list of exotic and infamous wildlife native to the islands. Guides can let you know what to look for and where.
Get up close and personal with the wild life by joining an organized scuba or snorkel trip out into the beautiful waters surrounding the islands. Enjoy one of the most popular underwater destinations in the world as you swim alongside incredible aquatic creatures.
If staying on land is more your style check out the treks available or for a faster and more exciting method saddle up and take in a view of the island on horseback.
For the experienced surfer be sure to check out the waves this destination has to offer. Schedule a boat to take you out to catch some narly waves.
Enjoy a relaxing yacht trip into the sea or splurge for a more expensive cruise ship with all the luxuries as you take in the surrounding beauty and with luck spot some whales.
When to go
There are mainly two seasons in the Galapagos. Depending on what you are looking for, it can determine when to visit. The warmest time to go is between December to May when the sun is the strongest and the water is warm, however there is a chance of daily showers. From June to November it gets a little colder but it is considered the dry season. These months offers peak conditions for diving enthusiasts.
How to get there
Flights can be scheduled from either Guayaquil or Quito depending on where you are travelling from. Flights leave from both cities daily.
There are boats that can bring you to the islands as well but they can be very hard to schedule and are known to be more trouble than they are worth.
Visa requirements for the Galapagos Islands are the same requirements for the country of Ecquador. If you are travelling on a US, Canadaian, Israeli and most European passport, you will recieve a 90 day tourist visa that will be obtained and stamped in your passport at the airport or any border crossing.
Generally tips are made seperately to the guides from the rest of the crew. Usually tips are made between $10 - $15 US per day/per person to both the guides and the crew. If you feel like your experienced was enhanced becuase of their services of couse we recommend to be more generous with you tipping.