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TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS

Galapagos Islands cheapest Day Trips

Lets face the facts, Galapagos cruises are outrageously expensive and no matter what they say, you spend a lot of time on yachts compared to the time you spend on the Galapagos Islands themselves. In fact, there are only 2 major islands where it is worth your while spending several days, being Santa Cruz en Isabela. The former is actually the most fun island where you can combine the famous wildlife with nearby beaches and fun "après nature exploration". Puerto Ayora really is great fun with nice restaurants, a real boulevard with great nightlife and a wide choice of restaurants for all budgets. You prefer a quiet restaurant? Puerto Ayora has it. Or would you rather sit in a quality restaurant with great music? You will find it on the boulevard. Fabulous open air fish restaurants you will find it one street up, in a "Quartier Latin" kind of environment where they serve freshly caught fish and delicious drinks.

 

As far as excursions go, Santa Cruz has the cheapest day trips to really great locations, like the two farms where Tortoises like to hang out in great numbers. In fact the less visited one, the Primicias farm is actually the best choice as on your way to the farm you pass by a reasonably illuminated 400 m tunnel which has free access. You can't get it any cheaper than that. Both farms cost about $10 per peron. And then there are 3 incredible craters, which are giant sink holes, again with free access. Or what about a fantastic free sandy beach at 15 minutes from your hotel, where you can sit in the shade of mangrove bushes.

 

Santa Cruz also is the port of departure for day trips on yachts, which are not cheap, but they are the cheapest option for you to actually complete your island hopping experience. When bought in advance, you may find some cheap day trips on yachts for as little as $150. Again, you don't need to visit all the islands to have a very rewarding island hopping experience. In fact, the only ones you should take are the Bartelome day trip and the Espanola day trips. Bartelome has the iconic view from a crater, some great snorkeling, fascinating volcanic features and Galapagos Penguins. Espanola has the thousands of Waved Albatros, but only from April to November; during the rest of the year, the island is not worth visiting. Now, if you are a scuba diver, there is a large selection of facilitators of scuba day trips that can take you to a wide variety of locations with different options, varying from hammer sharks, mantas, white tiped sharks, penguins, etc.

 

Galapagos Islands Cheapest Day Tours

Of course, every island likes to sell its great qualities. So, I explored them all. Besides Santa Cruz, only Isabela is worth spending time and taking day tours. San Cristobal is the administrative island of Galapagos, but it really has very little you can't see on the other two main inhabited islands. It does have a good visitor center with a nice free trail and some great overviews, but I personally don't feel that it is special enough to spend a night on San Cristobal. If you have plenty of time, then by all means do, particularly during the breeding season of the Frigate Birds, that breed at the far end of that trail. But other than that, don't waste your money on a San Cristobal Galapagos Day Tour.

 

Isabela on the other hand has several interesting cheap day tours. In fact, the cheapest Galapagos Islands day tour is the Tortureras tour, just outside of the harbor. As far as restaurants and nightlife goes, you won't find much excitement on Isabela. In the evening, the island is completely dead. Just a boring restaurant or two with mediocre menus and no bars. Isabela has a fascinating volcano with Mars like landscapes and simmering sulfur hot springs. Galapagos Day tours up the volcano are not cheap as they are in the realm of $100 each, but these excursions do complete your Galapagos experience.

 

If you want to read more about the cheapest Galapagos Islands Day Tours per island, just click on the links below to discover more about each island!

 

TOURS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & CRUISE DEALS [2024]: Male Great Frigate Bird with expandes throat at Galapagos National Park

TOURS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & CRUISE DEALS [2024]: Galapagos Lava Tunnel

BARTOLOME GALAPAGOS DAY TRIP: Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

San Cristobal

Santa Cruz

Bartolome

Isabela

 

Why Visit the Galapagos Islands?

  1. Bartolome Island;

  2. Darwin Biological Research Station with the Tortoises for breeding, Santa Cruz;

  3. Snorkeling / scuba diving;

  4. Swim with the Sea Lions in Loberia / Punta Estrada; Santa Cruz;

  5. Lava tunnels, Santa Cruz;

  6. Fish Market of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz;

  7. Marine Iguanas & Shark Canals at Playa de Los Perros, Santa Cruz;

  8. Watch the Galapagos Penguins at Chinese Hat and Isabella Islands;

  1. Dolphins;

  2. Waved albatrosses at Punta Suarez, Espanola Island;

  3. Opuntia Cactus Forest;

  4. Daisy forest at Los Gemelos twin craters sink holes;

  5. Swimming with Green Turtles at Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island;

  6. Blue Footed and Nasca Booby colonies;

  7.  Sierra Negra Caldera at Isabella Island, Galapagos.

 

There are no words that can describe the reasons why to visit to the Galapagos Islands, where animals appear unafraid of people like in Paradise. But don't think, that they are not concerned. Parenting animals are most certainly alarmed for their young when you get too close, so be considerate and keep a respectful distance. Always obey the instructions of your guide.

 

The Galapagos Islands are an extremely young geological formation with high geological activity, particularly volcanism and earthquakes. The 1,476 m high Fernandina had an eruption in 2009; while other volcanoes on Galapagos have been active in historical times, such as Cerro Azul, Marchena, Pinta, Santiago, Sierra Negra and Wolf, which are all points of interest of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

 

Galapagos Islands, Last minute, Yachts, Hotels, Day trips, Island hopping

We at PARKS AND TRIBES can help you find the most suitable arrangement for things to do at the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Since we have no boat of our own, we don't try sell you our own boat, but instead we try to find you the Best Galapagos Deal for your money, only taking a small commission for our mediation. Moreover, we coordinate it perfectly with your Amazon trip National Parks Tour, your city program and/or whatever program you have on mainland Ecuador or elsewhere in South America.

 

Galapagos Island Hopping and Cruise Deals

Yachts, Hotels, Day trips, Island hopping

The tourism industry is made up of hundreds of tourism companies, restaurants and nightlife centers. Most concentrated in Santa Cruz.
That's the options:

  1. PERSONAL VISIT in one of the many hotels. However, in such a way it is difficult to organize well and find a guide, because the guides are hired by the yachts.

  2. ISLAND HOPPING, which involves staying on one or more islands and taking excursions in speedboats to islands of interest. This is the cheapest way to get to know Galapagos in an organized way;

  3. GALAPAGOS CRUISES, which are usually purchased in advance, while prices vary considerably. This is the most expensive option to see the Galapagos Islands and in order to see the same as on a 6 days Galapagos tour, one needs to book both the Southern and Western routes consecutively.

Prices quoted usually don't include the air fairs to and from the islands, nor the park entry fees. Upon entry, each passenger pays admission to the national park at a fee of $100 and a registration fee of $20.

 

Our island hopping option is the best and economic way to see the Galapagos National Park, while it also has the option to stay longe at Santa Cruz and enjoy some days at the beach.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Routes of Galapagos cruises

CLICK FOR GALAPAGOS ISLANDS MAP WITH MOST COMMON ROUTES. Red: Southern Rout; Yellow: Western Rout; Purple: Northern Route.

 

Tourism and Conservation

Some are concerned that the Galapagos Islands are overrun by tourists. Indeed, visitation has grown considerably since the second half of the nineties. Nobody knows how many visitors the park can support. However, without visitors, Galapagos would have vanished as a park long ago, together with its Galapagos animals.

Much has been achieved thanks to income from ecotourism:

  • Wild pigs and goats have been eradicated from all uninhabited islands, allowing the original vegetation with their fauna to recover;

  • Most tortoise populations have recovered to levels where they can maintain themselves in the wild;

  • The Government recognizes conservation based tourism as a major source of income and not only protects Galapagos but all parks of Ecuador.

Don't listen to the critics, your visit really DOES help pay for the management of the Galapagos Islands and thereby contributes to their conservation.

 

GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHTS

 

SAN CRISTÓBAL INTERPRETATION CENTER: It is located north of Puerto Baquerizo. In this place, the visitor can obtain information about the history of the islands, in their natural, human and conservation contexts.

CERRO TIJERETAS: Located 2 km from the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center. It is an ideal place for hiking, bathing at Mann Beach and diving. The excursion is long and sometimes hot, so it is recommended to bring enough water.

LOBOS ISLAND: Located half an hour by boat to the northeast of Puerto Baquerizo, characterized by the colony of sea lions that live there. There is a marked trail that goes through very rocky terrain, where you can get a close look at frigate birds and blue-footed boobies.

LAGUNA EL JUNCO: Located in the upper part of the island (700 masl), 19 km from Puerto Baquerizo. It is a freshwater lagoon, 6 m deep. It is located inside a small crater that in turn is located inside the caldera of an extinct volcano.

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND CHARLES DARWIN SCIENTIFIC STATION: It belongs to the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. Inside the Station it is possible to visit the Interpretation Center, the Turtle and Land Iguana Breeding Center, the Library and Souvenir Shop.

 

TORTUGA BAY: It is considered the most beautiful white sand beach in the Galapagos. It is 3 km from Puerto Ayora and is a special attraction due to the typical vegetation of the arid zone, mixed with cacti and rosewood trees. It is divided into the rough beach, where the waves and current are very strong and bathing is not recommended, and the gentle beach, located at the tip, whose waters are calm and do not present any risk to visitors.

EL GARRAPATERO: It is located 19 km northeast of Puerto Ayora, on the Bellavista - El Cascajo - El Garrapatero road. It can also be accessed by sea. It is a white sand beach near which (100 m) there is a coastal lagoon where flamingos and patillos can be observed.

BELLAVISTA TUNNEL: Located 1 km from Bellavista, it is the second longest volcanic tunnel in South America. It is inhabited by endemic arthropods with very special characteristics of underground evolution.

LAS GRIETAS: They are located to the west of Bahía Academia. From the Puerto Estrada pier in Finch Bay, there is a trail that leads past saltwater lagoons to Las Grietas. The lagoons are an attraction due to the migratory and coastal birds that can be observed. Las Grietas are characterized by the confluence of fresh and salty turquoise waters.

ISABELA ISLAND, WALL OF TEARS: It is located very close to Puerto Villamil. The route is 6 km, passing through Playa del Amor, a white sand beach and the lagoons that are surrounded by mangroves.

SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO: It is considered the oldest volcano in Isabela and its caldera is 10 km in diameter (the second largest in the world). From Puerto Villamil, take a vehicle to the El Cura area, here you can follow the eastern side of the volcano's caldera on foot or on horseback. It is advisable to be prepared for heavy rain or drizzle.

TINTORERAS: To get to this islet it is necessary to take a panga. It is easily accessible and is located south of Puerto Villamil. There is a small bay with calm waters, where you can see iguanas, sea lions and sea turtles. The bay is connected with a crack. Here you can observe harmless sharks, known locally as blue sharks.

BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND: Located to the east of Santiago Island, it has a characteristic peak and a path of stairs to access the upper area. On the beach, which faces south, you can see blue sharks; while the northern one is one of the best places to dive and observe the endemic Galapagos penguins.

 

Points of Interest of Galapagos Islands of Ecuador

Volcanism

While the Galapagos Islands are most famous for their endemic plants and and animals, it is also a fascinating geological "hotspot" between the Nazca and Cocos tectonic plates. The hotspot started forming on the sea bottom some 20,000,000 years ago and over the millions of years, gradually rose to 6 main islands, 12 smaller islands, and about 50 islets and submerged rocks. 9 volcanoes are active, as about 70 eruptions have occurred since 1800. The 26 May 2015 - eruption of Wolf after 33 years of dormancy, has been a major geological event. Besides volcanoes, different lava forms and basalt are interesting volcanic phenomena.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Bartelome Island at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Pahoehoe lava at Galapagos National Park

One of the most dramatic views of the Galapagos Islands is the Pinnacle Rock from the top of the volcano on Bartolome Island.

Pahoehoe lava on Galapagos.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Lava TunnelTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Sierra Negra Caldera Galapagos

Lava tunnels are formed when a liquid lava core continues flowing while the exterior cools off and solidifies, like this one at Santa Cruz.

Sierra Negra Caldera at Isabella Island, Galapagos.

 

Great Galapagos biodiversity? Noooo! BUT: Unique Fearless Species!

As is the case on all minor islands in the world, the  level of biodiversity on Galapagos is extremely low as expressed in the number of species per hectare. In fact, as the islands are so young, their biodiversity is even lower than on some other islands of the same size.

 

And yet, the species on Galapagos are unique in many ways, due to the location of Galapagos right in the center of the Humboldt current, that bends west and passes by the islands. That facilitated the transportation of animal and plant species from the mainland onto the different islands. On each island, the species that succeeded in establishing itself, developed separately from the same species on neighboring islands and from the originating species on the main island. Thus a variety of closely related but distinct species and subspecies could develop.

Galapagos Animals

The "tameness" of their birds and mammals, many visitors love to see animals from close by who appear to be unafraid of them. Moreover, naturalists from all over the world like to see first hand where Darwin came to his evolution theory, which ultimately lead to the revolutionary publication the "Origin of the Species".

 

Birds of the Galapagos Islands

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Blue-footed Booby colony at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Bue-footed Boobies, Sula nebouxii, at Galapagos National Park

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Nazca Booby with Chick at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Close-up Blue-footed Boob, Sula nebouxii,@ Galapagos National Park

The Nazca Booby, Sula granti, is a common breeder on Galapagos and can be found along the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Blue-footed Booby, Sula nebouxii, is a common breeding bird of Galapagos and many other tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean.

 

They rarely leave the nest when approached by people, but that does not mean they are not disturbed. When people get close, their heart rates go up dramatically and they are very much alarmed. So always keep your distance, always watch out for unprotected eggs on your trail and strictly obey the instructions of your guide.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Equatorial Pinguins at Galapagos National parkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Pinguin Spheniscus mediculus at Galapagos National Park

The only tropical penguin in the world, the Galapagos Penguin, which can always be seen at Las Tintoreras Islets.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Waved Albatross at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Male Cactus Finch at Galapagos National Park

Waved or Galapagos Albatross courting, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, only present from April to December.

The Galapagos finches formed an essential part in the development of the evolution theory.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Darwin finches at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Finch at Galapagos National Park

There are 15 Darwin's finches placed in the tanager family; most There are 15 species of Darwin Finches on the Galapagos Islands and one on Cocos Island of Costa Rica. The Galapagos specimens were first collected by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of the Beagle and were quite important for the development of the evolution theory.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Cactus Finch at Galapagos National Park, EcuadorTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Hawk at Galapagos National Park

John Gould also dedicated some of his fantastic drawings to Galapagos Finches.

Another endemic species is the Galapagos Hawk.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Great Frigate Bird in Flight at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Male Great Frigate Bird with expandes throat at Galapagos National Park

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Great frigate bird with inflated bag at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Great Frigate Bird colony at Galapagos National Park

 

There are five species in the single genus Fregata of which the Magnificent Frigate Bird, Fregata magnificens and Great Frigate Bird, Fregata minor, roam  the skies of the Galapagos Islands as well as breed there in several colonies, particularly on Tower Island. But if you can't go there, You can also see them at Tijeritas Beach at San Cristobal. They have long wings, tails and bills and the males have a bright red pouch that is inflated during the breeding season  (March - May) to attract a mate. They are fish eaters and scavangers of the ocean which obtain most of their food by chasing other birds until they throw up the fish they caught.

 

Vegetation of the Galapagos Islands

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Cactus prickley pear forest vegetation at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Cactus trees

A Opuntia Cactus Forest on Santa Cruz.

Cactuses are an important food source for land iguanas and Galapagos Tortoises.

 

Prickly Pear of the genus Opuntia, Opuntia spp., is represented in Galapagos by six species and fourteen endemic varieties of cactus. It grows on the lower elevations of the islands where rainfall is low and is a staple food for the Galapagos Land Iguanas and Galapagos Tortoises, while they serve as nesting trees for the Galapagos cactus finches.

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, forest grows at higher elevationsTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos national park: Daisy forest.

At the higher elevations, there is so much fog and drizzling rain, that actual forests can develop.  the Daisy Forest or rather, the Escalesia Forest, a kind of daisy - is rather species poor forest on Santa Cruz.. A good location to see them is on Santa Cruz at  the trail from Los Gemelos twin sink hole craters.

 

Galapagos National Park Reptiles

The Galapagos Islands are named after these old giant tortoises, Geochelone nigra, called "galapagos" in Spanish. They can live up to several centuries. During the early worldwide trading age, they were prized food as they can survive months without food and water. Sailors loaded their ships with hundreds of tortoises, thus decimating their numbers to levels in which extinction became almost inevitable. Thanks to half a century of captive breeding and conservation measures in cooperation between the Darwin Foundation and the Government of Ecuador National Park Service, populations of most species are slowly recovering to levels that allow them to survive again in the wild on their islands on origin.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Giant Tortoise at Galapagos national parkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Tortoise nursery at the Darwin Center at Galapagos National Park

The extremely rare subspecies are bred in a breeding station at the Darwin biological station.

Young tortoises are kept in different cages for each subspecies. After they have grown large enough to have a high survival chance, they are released in the wild on their corresponding island.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Darwin Biological Station TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Distribution Santa Cruz Giant Turtles sub-species

On 21 October 21015, a publication in "Nature" magazine announced the discovery of a new subspecies on Santa Cruz Island, the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Chelonoids nigra donfaustoiTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Santa Cruz new species Giant tortoise

The new subspecies, the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi. as they occur in the wild. With a population of 250 animals, they are considered vulnerable but not immediately threatened.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Land iguana at Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Male Land Iguana at Galapagos National Park

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Resting Galapagos Land IguanaTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Male Galapagos land Iguana

Land Iguanas.

 

The Galapagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus, is a species of lizard in the Iguanidae family endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Land Iguana varies in size and coloration among different islands. There are two taxonomically distinct forms of Conolophus inhabiting the western part of the islands (C. rosada and C. pallidus) and one in the central part (C. subcristatus).

 

Galapagos Land Iguanas are typically unafraid of people and feed on the abundant Prickly Pear or Opuntia Cactus. It is always amazing how they devour a cactus leaf with prickles and all. Beware you don't get too close to these animals and never try to touch them. Their bite can be extremely painful!

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Sea Iguana Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos National Park Marine Iguana

Galapagos Marine Iguanas, Amblyrhynchus cristatus, is an iguana species endemic to Galagos Islands. where it is widespread throughout the archipealogo. Among modern lizards, it has the unique ability,  to dive at deep as 9m below sea level for foraging marine algae. Being a cold-blooded animal, the marine iguana can spend a limited time in the cold water of the Humboldt Current. Afterward diving it needs to warm up in the sun. Throug special glands in their noses they "sneeze" out the surplus salt.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: snorkelingTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: snorkeling with Green Turtle.

Getting to know the under-water world at Galapagos is among the greatest reasons why visit the Galapagos Islands.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: diving to the coral fishes.TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: scuba diving with Green Turtles

Even if you did not bring a mask, it still is fun to submerge a little and enjoy the colorful tropical fishes. The best of course if you are a scuba diver. Gear is available for rent, so you don't have to bring your own.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Green turtles.TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS:  Green turtels near the surface

Green turtles surround the shore of the Galapagos Islands, particularly at Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island.

 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Orange Crab Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Red Rock Crab Galapagos Islands

The "Red Rock Crab" or in Spanish "Abuete Negro", Grapsus grapsus, is common along the entire Pacific coast of Central America and Mexico and nearby islands. It is one of the many charismatic species that inhabits the Galapagos Islands and occurring in great numbers along the water line, they are a charming colorful attraction to all the visitors of the islands and a thankful object for photographers.

 

Mammals of the Galapagos Islands

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Sea Lion Zalophus WollebaekiTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Sea Lions Galapagos Islands

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Sea Lions Galapagos National ParkTOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Sea Lion Zalophus Wollebaeki, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Sea Lion, Zalophus wollebaeki, is an endemic species of Ecuador, only mating on the Galapagos Islands and Isla de la Plata. This playful Sea Lion is very common on the islands and during mating season the males round up large lack of females. Swimming among these young and curious animals at Playa de los Perros is among the 10 TOP points of interest at the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. But stay away from the harems, as the heavy bulls are dangerous and are known to have attacked people that have come too close to their harem. Always follow the instructions of your guide.

 

Not only the islands are protected as Park, but also the surrounding sea in the Galapagos Marine Biological Reserve.

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Galapagos Islands National Park: mangrove beach.TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS: Dolphins Galapagos National Park

The Garrapatero Beach, Santa Cruz, is surrounded by mangroves. 

Frolicking Dolphins in the Galapagos Marine Biological Reserve.

 

While the lowlands of most islands are semi deserts, at some hidden locations, one finds some mangroves where wading birds and even some flamingos may find their habitat. But for extended Mangroves in Ecuador, one needs to visit the mainland, where some of the best mangroves of the Eastern Pacific Ocean can be found.

 

For detailed information on climate and weather conditions read: Climate Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

WARNING: You will be on the Equator. UV radiation is extremely high everywhere you go and you need to protect you adequately, even if you are dark-skinned. Always where a hat, not just a baseball cap, and please, don't wear sandals or bear feet when you come from abroad. I have seen such horribly painful feet on people who covered everything but their feet. Your feet get the most direct sunlight as they are exposed horizontally to the sun!

 

Always put on high grade sun block (don't forget the edges of your ears).  Accustom your skin to the sunlight by exposing it for no more than an hour the first day and add an hour everyday afterwards. Don't be fooled by an overcast sky, you can still get sun burn. Be particularly aware in the highlands, where the UV is even higher! as well as on the water (Cuyabeno, Galapagos), because on the water, the UV effect is greater. Also beware of wind, as it also tends to increase the sun burning of your skin. 

TOP 10 [2024] GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CHEAPEST DAY TRIPS & TOURS

 

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