The Galapagos Islands
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The Galapagos Islands is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you want to see the origins of our planet with your own eyes, you should travel here. Due to the absence of predators (including humans), the animals on the islands are extremely rare and can be viewed with breathtaking close-ups. Darwin also used nature and life on the Galapagos Islands as a main example in his famous evolution theory. It’s a wonderful world to discover, both above and below water. Sharks, hammerheads, turtles and sea lions are super easy to spot.
The Galapagos Islands may look the same from a distance, but on closer inspection you will discover that each island has its own identity. They are all unique and vulnerable. Sail with a boat between the islands, then the guide will ask you to wipe the sand off your feet. In this way you do not bring sand from one island to another. The grains of sand from different islands may contain a small seed, which can create chaos in the delicate ecosystem that is unique on every island.
On the Galapagos you enjoy the most beautiful volcanic landscapes and breathtaking sunsets. And you will experience a special, spiritual feeling. As soon as you arrive, you realize that the islands are full of life. The islands each have their own wonders and sights, but one thing they have in common: everywhere you come across the lazy sea iguana. They can be found on every piece of rock. And beware, their favorite activity is spitting with sea water.
The Galapagos is a unique place in the world. The archipelago is only a few million years old and has an interesting history because it originated from volcanoes. All animals that currently live on the Galapagos are 'stranded' there.
Unfortunately, this island group is a fairly expensive travel destination, but if you are already in South America you can stay for a week for around € 1000 (including tickets). And our motto is "buy memories, not things". Unfortunately you cannot visit all the islands without booking a cruise. So if that is something you really want to do, it might be better to wait for a bigger bank account.
The best tip is: ask for a discount. Everywhere you can negotiate the price, both in high and low season. If you feel uncomfortable with this; Negotiation is very common in Ecuador. So go for it, you'll probably even start to enjoy it after a while.
Where to stayLooking for a great and peaceful place to stay and you have a bit of budget? Than we recommend the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. It is an eco hotel and has a breathtaking location to see the wildlife with a super nice pool.
They get an average rating of 9.3 on booking.com.
Best time to visit
We recommend you to the Galapagos Islands in the months of June to November which is the dry season. Also go now! Most likely, different islands will close for tourists in the future. The tourist are a threat for the unique scientific nature and animals and plants. For the average weather on the Galapagos click here.