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Year after year, the Galapagos becomes more coveted by travelers who want to experience pristine and untouched nature. A place lost in the Pacific Ocean, where animals trust humans, where you can observe sea lions, boobies, iguanas, and giant tortoises just a few meters away without frightening them. It seems as though the animals are the ones observing and studying humans because for decades the people have respected and cared for them as a treasure of humanity.

Many visitors are unaware of the human population of the islands, which currently totals 28,000 inhabitants.

The distribution of the population is spread across four islands; Santa Cruz (the most populated and commercial), San Cristobal (the provincial capital), Isabela (the largest) and Floreana (the smallest). Not included in this list is Baltra Island, a military base with an airport.


The Galapagos experience can be very rewarding underwater too. To see a variety of different species, such as penguins together with tropical fish, sea lions with sea turtles, and more, are unique and unimaginable elsewhere in the world. The integrity of the Galapagos Marine Reserve plays a vital role in the survival of the species on land.


Ninety-five percent of the Galapagos Islands’ biodiversity remains intact. In other words, the presence of man on the islands has only caused a 5% loss of original biodiversity. This reality makes the Galapagos the best conservation model of oceanic islands.

Islands such as Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, to Española, Isabela and Genovesa allow you not only see different species of finches but also marked differences in the size of the beaks and feeding behavior of each. This unique bird has been an example of evolution that Darwin observed and draws for hours and days. The key to observe these creatures is a good pair of binoculars and careful attention to details. The different beak sizes fit perfectly with the idea of different tools that serve several functions.

These islands are of course a national park, but they are also a marine reserve. The marine habitat supports most of the species we see on land since their survival is dependent on the ocean. It is in the sea where albatrosses, boobies, frigate birds, penguins, cormorants, sea lions, seagulls, herons, and many more feed. And it is on land where we see the entirety of these species.

The colors of the islands come from the tropical equatorial light and the extensive volcanic eruptions from different volcanic islands. The colors of these formations range from yellowy-brown, dark brown, orange, to dark red and their respective ranges. These, mixed with the light from sunrise or sunset will make any visitor fall in love with the Galapagos Islands.



 The most famous and popular method of traveling in the archipelago is on a cruise. The concept is to have the ease of a floating hotel that sails primarily at night, allowing the traveler to truly move from island to island.

There are yachts, sailboats and yacht expedition cruises. The maximum operating capacity is 100 passengers. There are some ships in the range of 80 – 90, expedition yachts range among 40 – 50, some with a capacity of 20 and finally, a range of small boats that accommodate between 8 and 16 passengers. The offers are very diverse and a successful trip goes beyond simply choosing the best price. It is a trip of a lifetime and should generate a wealth of memories for those who visit the islands.

While it is not easy to decide whether a boat or a small yacht expedition is the right choice, the important thing is to understand the real differences between the different cruise options. Cruise ships and expedition yachts are both suitable for groups.

On-board facilities include spacious cabins, wall-to-wall windows, balconies, air-conditioning, hot showers with constant pressure, desalination facilities, treatments facilities for grey and black water, high-tech equipment, rooms for scientific conferences, Internet & Wi-Fi access, various food services, a la carte and more. On small yachts, passengers are able to get to know each other better given the small group numbers and, in most cases, there is only one activity that takes place at a time.


The populated areas of the islands have developed an important hotel base with broad accommodation options. The vast majority of these have programs that give access to different areas of the island they are based on, and some hotels have developed marine operations providing yacht tours that explore different sites of the Galapagos National Park. Visitors are always recommended to ask for as much information as possible about the activities available, and to clarify which activities are and which activities are not included in the price of their trip.

The inhabited islands have a large selection of local tour operators that offer a range of excursions: long walks, beaches, surfing, kayaking, cycling, snorkeling, and scuba diving among others.

This offer allows the modern-day visitor to have a very fulfilling experience while enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. We must not forget that the Galapagos community also has a large contingent of artists and artisans who have developed art galleries, souvenir shops, paintings, and handcrafts. And if we were to discuss food, the islands and its marine culture have a range of specialties and delicacies that will delight the most discerning palate.

For those who are looking to maintain contact with the world, the inhabited islands also have several businesses specializing in clothing, as well as cafés, ice cream shops, banks, ATMs, internet cafés and more. Being in the Galapagos can make you feel isolated. The inhabited islands allow us to be connected with to the rest of the planet.

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