The fact that we wanted to dive on the Galapagos Islands at least once was clear to us from the outset. So two days ago we went to different diving schools in Puerto Ayora and informed ourselves about the different diving spots.» Read the full blog post
Galapagos Islands » Travel Reports
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, located at the equator, which consists of 13 larger and over 100 smaller islands. The islands are located about 1000 kilometers west of the Ecuadorian coast in South America. 97% of the country and 99% of the surrounding waters are under strict nature conservation and the extraordinary flora and fauna of the islands are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agricultural and fishing activities, as well as entering the islands and navigating the waters, are strictly regulated.
The numerous islands are of volcanic origin and only five are inhabited: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana and Baltra. Due to the archipelago’s isolated location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, endemic animal and plant species have been able to develop and survive. Many species (around 40 percent) are only indigenous to the area, such as the giant turtles, marine iguanas, cormorants, the Galapagos sea bear, Darwin finches and many more. The Galapagos Islands have become particularly famous through Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution (The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, 1859) received a number of thought-provoking impulses there. The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination due to their location at the equator, but the best time to travel is from December to May.
After our pre-booked 8-day Galapagostour we wanted to stay three more nights in Puerto Ayora. And today we wanted to spend our time with relaxing and doing nothing. Nothing is better than a beautiful beach 🙂» Read the full blog post
Today we wanted to see one of the highlights of Isabela – the lava tunnels Los Tuneles. At 8 o’clock we met in front of a diving school, were equipped with wetsuits and we started. In addition to us, there were five other people on board: 2 Germans from Hamburg, 1 Dutchwoman, 1 Englishwoman and 1 Spaniard.» Read the full blog post
After our excursion in the morning to the volcanic area of the Sierra Negra and volcano Chico, today another excursion to Isla Tintorera was on the program. We had about half an hour to move to the hotel before we were picked up again.» Read the full blog post
Our tour to the volcanic crater of Sierra Negra and the volcano Chico on the Galapagos island Isabella started today at 7 o’clock in the morning.» Read the full blog post
In the morning we visited the Charles Darwin Research Center on the island of Santa Cruz with our guide Sandro, which is located on the outskirts of the city of Puerto Ayora. In the afternoon our journey to the Galapagos Islands then continued to the island of Isabella.» Read the full blog post
After visiting the island of North Seymour this morning we arrived at the “Bachas Beach” on the north-west coast of Santa Cruz at about 1 p.m.» Read the full blog post
Today we were picked up by a tour bus in front of our hotel at 7 a.m. The destination of our excursion was the island of North Seymour, which is located north of Santa Cruz.» Read the full blog post
Today we had a visit to the island of Floreana, which is located south of Santa Cruz.» Read the full blog post
Today we had to visit our 2nd Galapagos Island after San Cristobal: Santa Cruz. Already in the early morning at 7.15 am our ferry started from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora, where we will spend the next 3 days.» Read the full blog post
For our day on the island of San Cristobal a catamaran & snorkeling trip to Kicker Rock and the beach “Manglecito” was on the program.» Read the full blog post
Today we were able to sleep a little more, because our flight from Guayaquil to the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands did not go to Mittgas until 12 o’clock. The flight with LAN Airlines took about 2 hours.» Read the full blog post