The Galapagos Islands are one of the most amazing places in the world to visit. Whether you’re in the dreaming stages or you’re actually planning a trip, follow this advice for visiting Galapagos.
Pick the Right Time of Year
Truthfully, Galapagos is great to visit at any point during the year. However, if you’re going to be traveling from mid-June through the first two weeks in September or December through January, you’ll need to make your travel plans well ahead of time. If you want to avoid crowds, don’t plan your trip for the summer months. If you’re hoping for warm air and water temperatures, Galapagos.org suggests visiting between December and May. You may endure a bit of light rain every day, but most of the time the sun will be shining and the seas will be calm.
According to TravelChannel.com, you’ll need a tour or guide to see a lot of Galapagos. There’s a tourist hub in Santa Cruz where you can book a majority of day trips. However, if you can afford it, it’s best to travel by yacht, which is the primary way to see the area’s wildlife and remote islands.
Getting to the Galapagos Islands
Your first leg of the trip will be to Ecuador. You can fly into either Quito or Guayaquil. It’s best to fly to Guayaquil if you can, because the city is closer to the islands. Plan to stay overnight on Ecuador, since most flights are either early in the morning or in the evening. Once you’re in Ecuador, get to Galapagos by flying into Baltra Island. Then you can take either the ferry or a bus to Puerto Ayora, which is on Santa Cruz Island. Alternatively, you can fly into Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is on San Cristobal Island.
What to Pack for Your Trip
Aside from the basic necessities that you’d pack for any trip, it’s important to add some extras when prepping for Galapagos:
• A few pairs of shorts
• Water shoes
• Hiking boots
• A waterproof bag for your camera
• A day pack for excursions