Galapagos for Travelers
Planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands? Not sure how to get to the archipelago? It’s simple.
Your first destination is mainland Ecuador. Whether you’re traveling from the United States, Europe or anywhere else, you should book an international flight to Guayaquil or Ecuador’s capital, Quito.
The Galapagos Islands is a world-famous travel destination renowned for being an isolated and pristine archipelago.
Sit with a group of tourists discussing the Galapagos for long enough and eventually the conversation will drift away from the amazing wildlife, the spectacular scenery and the fun that everyone had or is expecting to have and move on to the nitty-gritty question of cost; specifically: Why are the Galapagos so expensive to visit and just to be there?
After all, goes the usual line of thinking, the Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador and Ecuador is a developing country and aren’t developing countries nearly always cheaper than so-called first world nations such as the U.S and Canada. What gives?
When you finally take your trip of a lifetime and visit the Galapagos Islands, you have the option of arriving at one of two islands: San Cristobal Island, or Baltra Island. The San Cristobal Island is very close to town, but landing at the Baltra Island airport means transferrin from Batra airport to Puerto Ayora.
Baltra Island is located just North of Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. The original airport and track at Baltra was a US Military base during WWII.
Visitors to the Galapagos Islands will hear their guides talk about three different types of animals and plants. The terms used to describe them are endemic, native and introduced. What’s the difference?
Endemic animals are only found in Galapagos: the marine iguana is one example. Native animals are found naturally in Galapagos and elsewhere: the Frigatebird is a good example
Deciding you want to go ahead with your Once in a Lifetime Trip to the Galapagos Islands is one thing. However, when you start planning you realize that there are some things to be considered. If you’ve done any pre-research you’ll have started to recognize that there is a lot of information online about the Galapagos and that some of it is just head-scratchingly confusing. Let’s try to clear away the confusion and throw some light on how to plan a trip to the Galapagos.
We could just say if such luminaries as Richard Gere, Prince Charles (noted environmentalist) and Camilla, Leonardo DiCaprio (another noted environmentalist), Daryl Hannah, Bo Derek, the pirate William Dampier and Herbert Melville (author of Moby Dick) all visited the Galapagos Islands then they must be a pretty hip place to visit. And we’d be right of course but you’d be none the wiser as to why the Galapagos Islands are so famous and such an international draw.