Galapagos

Genovesa Island, Galapagos: Prime Territory For Birds

To reach little Genovesa, the most northeastern island of the Galapagos, cruise vessels must sail up to eight hours from other more visited islands.  Large cruise ships have to bypass Genovesa – also called Tower Island – because the reef makes it risky for them to enter into and anchor at Darwin Bay, where passengers […]

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Top Wildlife Viewing On Isabela Island, Galapagos

Isabela Island, by far the largest island in the Galapagos, is also one of the richest in wildlife. Home to more wild tortoises than all the other Galapagos Islands combined, it’s also the best place to spot penguins in the archipelago, which harbors the most northerly penguin colony on earth. (Isabela lies directly on the […]

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Encountering Giant Tortoises On Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Santa Cruz, the most populated and commercially developed island in the Galapagos, is also the most visited.  Near the international airport some 650 miles west of mainland Ecuador, Santa Cruz is the site of the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park, which lead conservation programs in the islands. While you might spot other […]

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Five Must-Pack Items For A Galapagos Islands Vacation

In a special place within the Pacific Ocean, sea lions dive off black rock promontories.  Giant turtles mate in open waters and mother whales skim the surface with their young calves in tow.  The Galapagos Islands teem with wildlife.  They sing with bird calls and explode with technicolor sunsets.  Many visitors plan and save for […]

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Isabela Island: A Must-Visit On Any Galapagos Islands Vacation

The Galapagos Islands is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations.  With a diversity of plant and wildlife, each island has something unique to offer.  Travelers looking for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation will find it all in one place on Isabela Island. Covering an area of more than 4,600 square kilometers […]

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Galapagos Wildlife Calendar For January And February

In the Galapagos, the wildlife is the main attraction.  Below is an indication of what you can expect to see in January and February during your Galapagos Tour. January Beginning of the rainy season. Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rain. On Hood (Española) Island, adult marine iguanas become brightly colored (green, red, and black). The green […]

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How To Plan A Galapagos Vacation

Planning a Galapagos vacation can seem like a daunting task when you are just starting out, but answering the following (basic) questions will make it easier for us to help you plan your trip. What is your budget per person not including international airfare? This is perhaps the most important question to answer.  The minimum […]

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Galapagos Taken Off World Heritage In Danger List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on July 29, 2010 voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from its World Heritage in Danger List.  The Galapagos Islands was placed on the list in 2007.  South American Vacations is pleased that conservation efforts initiated over the last two years are helping to preserve the archipelago for future generations and to […]

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