Tourist Places to Visit in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, America

Tourist Places to Visit in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, America

Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands belonging to Ecuador, placed around 925 km west of the mainland Ecuador. It belongs to Galápagos province and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital city of the province.

The major islands in the Galapagos Islands are:

  • Baltra Island
  • Bartolomé Island
  • Darwin Island
  • Española Island
  • Fernandina Island
  • Floreana Island


Geography of Galapagos Islands:

Galapagos Islands are made up of 18 major islands with a maximum altitude of 1,707 meters (Volcan Wolf) and it coordinates with 0°40′ S latitude and 90°33′ W longitude. Galapagos Islands span a total area of 8,010 sq. km.


History of Galápagos Islands:

According to historical sources, Dominican friar Fray Tomas de Berlanga was the first person to sight Galápagos Islands in 1535. The islands of Galápagos Islands were named in the year 1684 by the buccaneer, Ambrose Cowley.


How to reach Galápagos Islands?

Seymour Airport is one of two airports of Galápagos Islands located on Baltra Island, around 20 minute walk from the capital city, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It has connection with Guayaquil, Quito and San Cristóbal, catered by AeroGal, LAN Ecuador and TAME.

Galápagos Islands are accessible from the mainland Ecuador by frequent ferry services.

The major tour operators in Galápagos Islands are:

  • Natural Habitat Adventures
  • Galapagos Boat
  • Galapagos Odyssey yacht
  • Nina and Athala Catamarans
  • SunWind Travel


Culture, Food and Shopping in Galápagos Islands:

Spanish is a widely communicated language on the island and Galápagos Islands is home to many historical buildings from the Spanish colonial era and archeological sites of the first settlements. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno houses most of the large shopping centres of Galápagos.

The major food corners in Galápagos Islands are listed here below:

  • La Playa
  • Tropic Bird
  • Miconia
  • Mi Grande


Places of interest in Galápagos Islands:

Baltra (South Seymour) Island:

Baltra Island is the major island of Galápagos home to the major administrative buildings, an airport as well as many spectacular beaches of the archipelago.


Playa Mann:

Playa Mann is a striking beach frequented by both locals and vacationers. The prominent ‘Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences of Universidad San Francisco de Quito’ and Interpretation Center are located in the vicinity of the beach (both are ideal spots to learn the local culture and environment).


Punta Carola:

Punta Carola is one of the most visited beaches of Galápagos Islands and it adjoins Frigatebird Hill which offers a great view of entire islands.


Things to do in Galápagos Islands:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding


Other places of interest near Galápagos Islands include:

  • Galapagos Natural Life Archipell II
  • Galapagos Beach (Tortuga Bay)
  • Tortuga Bay
  • Las Loberias
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Concha de Perla
  • Puerto Chino Beach
  • El Garrapatero
  • Las Grietas
  • Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • Darwin & Wolf Islands
  • Lagoon El Junco
  • Galapagos Sub Aqua
  • Charles Darwin Research Station


Best time to visit Galápagos Islands:

From June to September is the best time to travel Galápagos Islands.


Accommodation options in Galápagos Islands:

The prominent hotels and resorts in Galápagos Islands with upgraded amenities and services including airport shuttle, spa, doctor on call, 24 hour internet connectivity and room service are as follows:

  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel
  • La Casa de Marita
  • Hotel Casa Blanca
  • Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge
  • Hotel Coral Blanco
  • Casa Opuntia Galapagos
  • Hotel San Vicente Galapagos
  • Beto’s Beach Bar Hotel
  • Hotel Ninfa Galapagos
  • Hotel Pelican Bay
  • Estrella del Mar Hotel
  • Royal Palm Resort Hotel
  • Hostal La Jungla
  • Casa Natura – Galapagos Hotel
  • Hotel Tortuga Bay
  • Grand Hotel Lobo de Mar

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