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5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]

Welcome to the Galapagos National Park, a biodiversity haven like no other. Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, we invite you to explore its enchanting islands, where nature's wonders await at every turn. Our 5 - 6 day Galapagos National Park Adventure Tours cost far less than the Galapagos cruises while you spend far more time on land where the the fascinating wildlife and birds are. You have to be on land to explore the magnificent volcanic landscapes  and fascinating animals. Our 5 - 6 days tours to the Galapagos archipelago offer a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will captivate your senses and leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Galapagos National Park as you encounter unique species found nowhere else on the planet. Witness the iconic Galapagos giant tortoises as they graze the meadows of 2 ranches on Santa Cruz. Swim with playful sea lions, and marvel at the blue-footed boobies' mesmerizing dance. Snorkel alongside marine iguanas, Galapagos Penguins and graceful sea turtles, or scuba dive to encounter Hammer Head Sharks, Mantas and bright-colored fishes. Discover the extraordinary geology of the islands, formed by volcanic activity over the past million years. Walk on deep black lava fields and explore the unique forests of daisy trees. With its pristine beaches, hidden coves, and breathtaking vistas, Galapagos National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Embark on one of our Galapagos adventure tours to you unravel the mysteries of the Galapagos National Park. Experience the magic of this extraordinary wilderness, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK

Traditionally, cruise operator have made us believe that for seeing the Galapagos National Park, you have to explore from a yacht. Let me tell you why that is a total lie! First of all, in order to see the main highlights of the park, one needs 2 consecutive 3 days cruise packages, as you can see on the map below with the standard cruise routes, thus raising the costs to astronomical levels. On the other hand, if you go on a 5 - 6 days Galapagos tour island hopping, you get to spend far more time on land, where the animals, forests, virgin beaches and volcanic features are. Moreover, the center of Galapagos is Santa Cruz, with its harbor Puerto Ayora. This is a fantastic place with nearby virgin beaches, a boulevard with restaurants for every taste and budget, hotels that vary from little cheap hostals to 5 star resort hotels. If you are into nightlife, you will find it, or if you prefer a quiet evening, Puerto Ayora has it.

 

A 5 - 6 day Galapagos tour Island hopping is what it takes to experience most of the national park. With a 5 days tour, you get to see San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Baltra and Isabela. If you want to see the fabulous and iconic Bartelome landscape you need to take a day tour on a yacht. It costs more money, but I highly recommended if you can effort it.

 

COSTS ADVENTURE TOURS GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK

So, what are the costs of an Adventure Tour Galapagos? That varies per tour operator, but Parks and tribes offers one of the most economical quality Galapagos Adventure Tours on the market, as we have been able to compose a fabulous program that includes San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Baltra as a 5 days galapagos adventure tour and the 6 days tour includes de day tour on a yacht to Bartelome. During the breeding season of the Waved Albatros, from April to November, there also is the option to book a day tour to the island of Espanola.

 

The links below show you the program of on each of the islands:

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

 

Galapagos National Park Highlights

  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.

 

Galapagos Island Hopping and Cruise Deals

 

There are many tour operators with yachts on Galapagos, which together operate about 80 different yachts. There are many more hotels and restaurants and nightlife centers, the latter mostly concentrated in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz.
That's the options:

  1. PERSONAL PROGRAM:  Arrange your own program by booking your own hotels and transportation.

  2. ISLAND HOPPING: As organized programs, a tour operator books your stay on different locations on the islands of the tour, as well as excursions and transportation.

  3. GALAPAGOS CRUISES, which are purchased in advance whose prices vary considerably but are always the most expensive programs.

Apart from the programs, all the passengers have to buy their air ticket in advance. Upon entry, each passenger pays admission to the national park at a fee of $100.

 

We can help you find the most suitable arrangement for your trip: 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 deal for your money, only taking a small commission for our mediation.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK MAP WITH MOST COMMON ROUTES Great discounts for combined bookings Galapagos + Cuyabeno

Galapagos National Park Map with most common routes. Red: Southern Rout; Yellow: Western Rout; Purple: Northern Route.

 

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.

 

Conservation and Tours on the Galapagos Islands

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 National Park 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 its management and thereby contributes to its conservation.

Download detailed biological description of the park in Spanish.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Visitation statistics Galapagos National Park

Visitation growth over the period 1980 - 2010.

 

Natural highlights of Galapagos National Park 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 occured 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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Pahoehoe lava at Galapagos National Park

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

Pahoehoe lava on the Galapagos Islands.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Galapagos Lava Tunnel5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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.

 

Galapagos biodioversity

As is the case on all minor islands in the world, the  level of biodiversity on Galapagos is extremely low. 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 animals and plants from the mainland on the different island. 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 National Park 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".

 

Galapagos National Park Birds

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Blue-footed Booby colony at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Bue-footed Boobies, Sula nebouxii, at Galapagos National Park

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Nazca Booby with Chick at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Equatorial penguins at Galapagos National park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Penguin, Spheniscus mediculus, at Galapagos National Park

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

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Waved Albatross at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Male Cactus Finch at Galapagos National Park

Waved or Galapagos Albatross courting, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island.

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

 

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Darwin finches at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Cactus Finch at Galapagos National Park, Ecuador5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Great Frigate Bird in Flight at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Male Great Frigate Bird with expandes throat at Galapagos National Park

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Great frigate bird with inflated bag at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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. They have long wings, tails and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate. They are pelagic piscivores (fish eaters) which obtain most of their food by chasing other birds until they throw up the fish they caught.

 

Galapagos National Park Vegetation

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Cactus prickley pear forest vegetation at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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. The cactuses are an important food source for the Galapagos tortoises, the Galapagos land iguanas, while they serve as nesting trees for the Galapagos cactus finches.

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, forest grows at higher elevations5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Daisy forest.

Galapagos Daisy Forests.

 

At the higher elevations on Santa Cruz, there is so much fog and drizzling rain that actual forests can develop. One species of tree is particularly interesting as it is in the Daisy family. At Santa Cruz the forest is dominated by the Daisy tree ; a good location to see them is on Santa Cruz, the 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, populations of most species are slowly recovering to levels that allow them to survive again in the wild on their islands on origin.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Giant Tortoise at Galapagos national park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: 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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Darwin Biological Research Station.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Distribution map of the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi.

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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: The new subspecies, the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Recently discovered: Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi.

Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra donfaustoi

 

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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Galapagos Lava Lizard at Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Lava Lizard is yet another endemic genus of reptiles with distinct species on different islands.

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Land iguana at Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Male Land Iguana at Galapagos National Park

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Resting Galapagos Land Iguana5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Male Galapagos land Iguana

 

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!

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Sea Iguana Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Galapagos National Park Marine Iguana

Galapagos Marine Iguanas.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Enjoy the underwater world.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Snorklers with a Green Turtle.

Getting to know the under-water world at Galapagos is a must if you are physically up to it.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: submerge a little and enjoy the colorful tropical fishes.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Scuba Gear is available for rent, so you don't have to bring your own.

Snorkling and scuba diving at the Galapagos Marine Biological Reserve reveals a unkown new planet.

 

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.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Marine turtles.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Green turtels

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

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Orange Crab Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Red Rock Crab Galapagos Islands

The "Red Rock Crab" or in Spanish "Abuete Negro"

 

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.

 

Galapagos National Park Mammals

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Galapagos Sea Lion Zalophus Wollebaeki5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Sea Lions Galapagos Islands

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Sea Lions Galapagos National Park5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Sea Lion Zalophus Wollebaeki, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Sea Lion, Zalophus wollebaeki

 

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 pack of females. It is great swimming among these young and curious animals at Playa de los Perros, but only 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 Galapagos National Park animals, but also the surrounding sea in the Galapagos Marine Biological Reserve.

 

5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: mangrove beach.5 - 6 DAY GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE TOURS COSTS [2024]: Bottle Nose Dolphin Galapagos National Park

The Garrapatero Beach, at Santa Cruz Island is 3 km of sandy beach surrounded with mangroves where you even may watch some flamingos.  Its has incredibly valuable coastal shallow water ecosystems, to enjoy on your Galapagos Islands Tours & Cruises reservation.

Frolicking Dolphins are among the common marine mammals that inhabit 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:

As the weather and climate in Ecuador vary greatly with elevation and region, you need different clothing for different regions. Depending on where you travel, you have to be prepared for hot weather in the western lowlands and Galapagos National Park, with thin shirts, shorts and light trousers. For the central Andes valley, the Andes flanks and Cuyabeno, be sure to take a light sweater or buy one locally, because the evenings may turn chilly. If you plan to go up in the highlands above 3500 m, be sure you bring adequately warm clothing, because - depending on elevation - temperatures may turn wintery cold. Be prepared for rainfall everywhere, so bring a nylon poncho and/or water-coated light rain jacket.

 

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!; and 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.

 

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