The Galapagos archipelago lies 600 miles due west of mainland Ecuador and is a province of that South American republic. The equator runs through the northernmost islands.
There is no wrong time to visit these magical islands. Every month of the year offers its own particular attractions with respect to the changing life cycles of all the flora and fauna.
December through May: warmer water, clear skies, intense sunshine, calm sailing.
June through November: cooler water, partly cloudy skies, choppy seas, better sailing winds.
There are daily flights to the airport on Baltra Island from the capital city of Quito, or from the main port of Guayaquil. Upon your arrival at Baltra airport, you will be met by your naturalist guide and taken directly to the harbor to board The Beagle.
The Beagle anchors at each island’s visiting sites and guests are taken to the landing point in a dinghy (zodiac). On the walks, visitors follow marked paths and are accompanied by a naturalist guide at all times. Some islands have excellent swimming beaches and snorkeling areas. The terrain is often rough and passengers are advised to be in good physical condition. Walking poles can be of great assistance for the uneven paths.
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