The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago belonging to Ecuador. They are located about 1000 km west of the South American continent. The archipelago comprises 13 main islands and 6 smaller islands. It is renowned for the animals of the Galapagos Islands , such as the giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, as well as various types of birds.
The archipelago has a different climate than mainland Ecuador. There are two seasons: hot and rainy from December to June and cooler weather from June to November. The peak travel season for those who want to see the wildlife is between December and May. Summer months – June to August – are also popular as the animals are very active.
Visiting Galapagos is not cheap. First you need to fly into Ecuador and then choose a domestic flight into the islands. They depart from Guayaquil or Quito. There are two flights a day from Quito but it’s cheaper to fly from Guayaqui.
If you don’t want to worry about planning the vacation on your own, you can book one of the adventure trips to the Galapagos Islands . They depart from Quito and combine nature tours with history. Plus you can book such a trip online and only worry about how to get to Quito since once you are there everything is taken care of. Price wise, adventure trips range between US$1735 per person (5 days) and $4990 per person (24 days).
Of course, you need to add the cost of airfare to Quito. A round trip flight from New York in mid-August starts at US$772 per person, while if you leave from London you’ll rack up from US$1709 per person for a round trip.