Galapagos Islands Tips:::

Galapagos Islands:::

  • ē The US dollar was accepted as the National currency in 2000. Convert your currency here: www.xe.com/ucc/
  • If you can afford to take a small yacht or ship rather than a large cruise ship, do it. The experience is much more personal and you will have an opportunity to explore the islands with more time. We took the Estrella del Mar which held about 16 people. The crew was kind and helpful. Our personal chef had a quirky sense of humor and made tasty meals. The crew definitely enhanced the enjoyment of our trip. Donít forget to tip the staff.
  • Make sure that you bring shoes that are good for land and sea. Your shoes will get wet and the terrain can be very rocky at times.
  • There are both wet and dry landings. A wet landing means that you will be getting out of the dinghy in shallow water. A dry landing means that you will exit the dinghy onto a dry platform.
  • If you have your own snorkel or scuba gear, check with your travel company to see if you are able to bring it.
  • There are two seasons, the wet and dry. The dry season is between July and December. The wet season is between January and June. The wet season is a more advisable time to go due to the warmer weather, and warmer, calmer seas. I went at the beginning January. The landscape was dry and not very green but the weather was warm. There were many hatchlings and young animals during this time.
  • Click here to use this ready made Galapagos checklist: (they didnít list sunscreen, donít forget that) www.go2galapagos.com/check_list.html 
  • San Cristobal
    • There were many sea lion and a few marine iguanas.
    • Here we had the opportunity to snorkel with sea lion. 
  • Espanola
    • On the beaches were dozens of sea lion. We were able to get so close to them. A very young sea lion came very close to us and was even touching its nose to our legs.
    • On the volcanic rocks we saw many colorful Sally Light Foot crabs.
    • There are birds here that want your bottled water. These birds can become pretty aggressive but donít give them the water as this is disruptive to this fragile ecosystem.
    • There was an opportunity to snorkel.
    • All along the volcanic rock were dozens of large and colorful marine iguana.
    • Masked Boobies were in the nests with their hungry hatchlings.
    • We saw the Albatross from a distance.
    • We walked along a long and rocky path. Wear your good shoes.
  • Floreana
    • In the early morning, on the side of the islands hill we saw Frigate birds.
    • During the wet season the green beach turns green with algae.
    • From the top of a hills edge we saw flamingo eating red algae. Red algae are what turn the flamingo of the Galapagos pink. 
    • We were fortunate enough to see a turtle making her way back to the sea after laying eggs.
    • Here we had an opportunity to snorkel.
    • On this island there is a post office. It is a different kind of post office however. Bring a postcard from home and write a note to yourself and address it to yourself. Drop the post card in the barrel and take home a postcard from someone from your town or state and mail it to them from home. Hopefully someday you will get your card in return.
  • Isabella
    • This island is inhabited by people.
    • We visited the turtle farm.
    • We were able to see the famous Blue Footed Booby and Galapagos penguin.
  • Santa Cruz
    • This is home to the Charles Darwin research center and Lonesome George, the oldest Galapagos tortoise. 
Island Reminder::
  • Stay within the areas designated as visiting areas. Stay only on the trails and areas marked by the white wooden stakes.
  • Make sure not to disturb or remove any plant, animal, or remains of such (including shells, bones, and pieces of wood), or other natural objects from the islands. 
  • Be careful not to take any food to the islands.
  • Be careful not to transport any live material to or from the islands.
  • Be careful not leave any litter on the islands, or throw any off your boat.
  • Do not startle or chase any animal.
  • Do not touch or handle the animals.
  • Do not feed the animals.
  • Be conservative and have a great time.