Located approximately 1000 kilometers west of Ecuador’s mainland, the Galápagos Islands are a true nature lover’s paradise and once-in-a-lifetime destination. The archipelago consists of 15 main islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks. Remote sites are only accessible by small ship, and often require a wet-landing on one of the islands pristine beaches to reach the shore. The best way to explore this archipelago is undoubtedly a small ship cruising expedition. These trips give you the opportunity to comfortably explore the archipelago, encounter endemic wildlife up close and get a firsthand look at the archipelago’s remarkable ecosystems.
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Located in the southwest of Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora is the largest town and commercial hub of the Galápagos. Along with fishing and boat building, tourism is an economic mainstay of this town dotted with hotels and tourist amenities. Take a break in one of the local restaurants or cafés, stroll around to explore the town, or head to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the Galápagos Islands and their history.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the principal town of San Cristóbal and the capital of the Galápagos. Its Interpretation Centre is a must-visit to learn all about the Galápagos, and includes a range of exhibition topics from the islands’ natural and human histories to today’s conservation efforts. Another main attraction is the tortoise reserve, where visitors can see the gentle giants up close.
Activities revolve around the waterfront at this small port village. Sitting in the southeast of Isabela, Puerto Villamil offers access to prime snorkelling options and is a great place to stop while on a sailing adventure. Head out to explore the waters around nearby islets, including Las Tintoreras, where visitors can see a range of marine life, or just soak up some sun with a relaxing day on the beach.
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