GALAPAGOS HIDDEN GEM

Our enchanted islands keep in its heart a huge diversity of natural life, only the ones who have been there know how heartwarming it is when you step out of the plane and feel the Galapagos breeze on your face. There’s no feeling that compares to when your eyes encounter the eyes of the true owners of the islands, the sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies and they give you a warming welcome to their place. No time will be enough to spend on this magical place with 13 major islands, 5 medium and 215 islets. They were designated a Natural World Heritage site in 1976,  a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1984 and a Ramsar Site in 2001. a remarkable place you must be thinking of visiting.

What makes the Galapagos nature so remarkable? 

Their landscapes are inspirational, blue seas enriched with unique marine life, gorgeous beaches, green highlands, and splendid underwater seascapes you will ever forget. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the 2nd largest Marine Reserve in the World, and home to all kinds of endemic and native Galapagos Wildlife. As if that wasn’t enough, The Galapagos is unique not only for its natural beauty, but also for the concerted efforts of a large group of individuals including scientists, researchers, park rangers, locals, and foreign nationals who are working tirelessly to reverse the negative impacts caused by invasive species, with some encouraging progress. The Galapagos Islands hold a special position in the field of Natural History, being the source of inspiration for Charles Darwin’s seminal work, the Origin of Species, published in 1859. 

Perfect location, but why? 

The Galapagos Islands occupy an exceptional position in the Pacific Ocean, crossing the equator and spanning across the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. This location marks the convergence of three oceanic currents, which generates a distinct marine environment where warm and cold waters intermingle, creating a beautiful turquoise sea that supports diverse marine life.

Moreover, the islands are separated by significant distances, impeding easy migration of plant and animal species, and leading to the emergence of unique adaptations in each island’s organisms, with some species becoming exclusive to a particular island.

What is the weather like in the islands? 

The Galapagos region experiences a moderate climate with temperatures averaging between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmest weather typically occurs between January and May, with temperatures peaking in the mid-eighties and humidity levels somewhat higher.

Starting from June until November, the Humboldt Current causes the surrounding waters to cool down. The cool water mixes with the temperate air, resulting in a light mist over the islands, which characterizes the garua (misty) season of the Galapagos.

Ecotourism? Galapagos islands have it all 

Ecotourism goes beyond just admiring stunning scenery; it encompasses responsible and sustainable travel practices in areas of natural beauty. This approach involves visiting relatively unspoiled and pristine locations while prioritizing environmental conservation, sustainability, and respecting the local communities.

The primary objective of ecotourism is to provide travelers with the opportunity to explore some of the most remarkable places globally without disrupting the daily lives of locals or harming the natural ecosystems. Instead, ecotourism encourages responsible and respectful travel practices that prioritize both the well-being of people and the environment.

There are many ways to have a memorable and sustainable experience in the Galapagos Islands, while appreciating the stunning landscapes and wildlife without causing harm. Here are some of the best ecotourism-friendly activities available on the islands:

Snorkeling or diving: The Galapagos is known as one of the best spots for snorkeling and diving, offering the chance to see a variety of colorful fish, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life. It’s important to have a trained instructor to guide you to a safe and sustainable area.

Visiting nature reserves: Due to the abundance of endangered species in the Galapagos, there are several nature reserves to explore. By visiting these reserves, you can get up close and personal with incredible creatures, and the money you spend there goes towards conservation efforts.

Hiking: The Galapagos’ unspoiled landscapes are perfect for hiking. You can walk across fascinating terrains and come into contact with many of the islands’ creatures in their natural habitat, following designated trails for a safe and eco-friendly exploration.

Bird watching: The Galapagos is a paradise for bird watchers, with unique species such as the smallest penguins in the world, blue-footed boobies, Darwin Finches, and many more. It’s recommended to take part in an organized bird-watching excursion with a local guide to appreciate the birds sustainably and learn more about them.

To learn more about the tours we offer to these amazing islands, check out our web site: https://ecuadorbikerental.com/galapagos/

Ana Paula 

Ecuador bike Rental.

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