A brief guide to Galapagos Tour Packages
Galapagos are an Ecuadorian archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. These are a group of volcanic islands that are distributed on both sides of the equator and have one of the richest flora and fauna in the world. Charles Darwin famously carried out his studies of nature and its species on these islands in the early nineteenth century. Today it is high on the list of wildlife tourism destinations of the world.
How to reach
All trips to the Galapagos Islands must start from the Ecuadorian capital Quito or Guayaquil. These cities are well connected by air from Miami in the US. There are only two airfields in the islands and these are mostly suited for chartered flights. For the economical tourist, a ship or boat cruise from the mainland is the best option because most of the islands are small and do not have much in terms of hotels and guest houses.
The popular tour packages combine Ecuador, Galapagos and Amazon cruises. However, exclusive Galapagos cruise can also be opted for. A usual day on a cruise starts with early breakfast and 2 to 3 hours stop on an island. The stop can be longer depending on the size and spots to visit. The afternoon is generally reserved for snorkelling and other adventure activities. The yachts sail at night so that every morning the visitors wake up on a new island.
Most of the tour agencies organize a 4-days, 5-days or 8-days trips. The yachts have popular routes the most favoured by the visitors are the north and south loops. The former is considered the best for volcanic rocks, penguins and hammer-head sharks etc. The south loop provides more variety in terms of flora and fauna. Many of the packages also include the Santa Cruz Island for Darwin’s research centre and the famous tortoise reserve.