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Things to Do and See: Unique Adventures and Experiences in the Galapagos

On a Galapagos vacation, you can watch 800-pound tortoises make their way through groves of trees, swim with penguins and ocean-going iguanas, sunbathe with sea lions, hike through lava fields, and admire the flightless cormorants and blue-footed boobies found only here. The wildlife you will encounter on a trip to the Galapagos, whether you take advantage of one of the many Galapagos vacation packages or create your own custom itinerary with the help of one of our Galapagos vacation experts, will be unique to your experience in these islands.

The animals of the Galapagos, some of which species can be found nowhere else on the planet, move about as if you aren't present, providing you with unparalleled, up-close encounters with nature. The number of visitors to the islands at any given time is limited so as to help conserve the flora and fauna, so you'll experience an innate intimacy with nature while visiting one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries anywhere in the world. If ever the expression "at one with nature" holds true, it would be while on a Galapagos Islands vacation.

Galapagos Weather and Climate

Although the Galapagos are located along the equator, Galapagos weather is unlike many other equatorial climates, due to the cold-water ocean currents that bring so much life to the islands. The Galapagos experience two seasons a year. The cold season lasts from June through November and is marked by steady temperatures of just over 70 degrees, near-constant oceanic breezes, frequent light rains, and fog. The warm season, from December to May, sees temperatures rise to near 80 degrees, an almost complete lack of wind, sporadic heavy rains, and intermittent sunshine.

The climate in the interior of the larger islands is ruled primarily by altitude, with one experiencing colder temperatures and wetter weather, the farther inland and up the sides of mountain that one ventures.

Transportation Options in the Galapagos

There are several Galapagos cruises available that will bring those on a Galapagos vacation or Galapagos honeymoon to several ports of call in the 13 main islands and to some of the smaller islands and islets as well. Transportation between islands is only possible by boat or air, and nearly all transport to the islands from the mainland is accomplished by either cruise vessel, smaller boat, or plane. While on the larger islands, most people get around by bicycle, though taxi, shuttle, and bus service are available in some areas.

Galapagos Islands Hotels & Resorts

On the larger islands of the Galapagos, resorts and other forms of lodging including locally operated Galapagos hotels, international luxury and chain hotels, youth hostels, glamping, and bed and breakfast accommodations are all available. There are many lodges and other eco-tourism resorts located throughout the islands, as well.

The rule with the Galapagos, as with other island chains, is the smaller the island, the less available the range of lodgings will be. Because of this, be sure to plan and book in advance, unless a Galapagos cruise is more your style.