TOURISM GALAPAGOS, How to go to GALAPAGOS? We offer you two ways to visit Galapagos Islands, taking a boat cruise or staying in hotel accommodation in the islands:: Options for flying into the Galapagos is limited to two islands;
San Cristobal and Baltra. Private aircraft must use Baltra as it is the airport equipped with overnight plane accommodations.
This archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (500 nmi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are apart.
The Galápagos Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language of the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of slightly over 25,000.
The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Galapagos Islands land-based hotels are opening on the inhabited islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela. By 2012, more than half the visitors to Galapagos made their tours using day boats and these small hotels.
Restaurants, easy access and economy make this an attractive travel option. The cruise tours are still the best way to see all the complex environment and wildlife of the islands.
There are only 116 visitor sites in the Galapagos, these include 54 land sites and 62 SCUBA or snorkelling sites. Small groups are allowed to visit in 2-4 hour shifts only to limit the impact on the area.
All groups are accompanied by licensed guides arranging tour trip with a Galapagos Tour Operator.