Land Tours in the Galapagos Islands

By: Eric Castro
The Galapagos Islands are known world wide by their nature wealth and for the singular presence of unique animal species in the world.

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean in front of the coasts of Ecuador.

To reach this destination, you should arrive first to the continental Ecuador and then take a local flight to arrive to the islands. Direct international flights don't exist to the Galapagos Islands.

Once in the islands, there are several alternatives to get to know this natural paradise. The cruises will let you visit the parts far from the cities like Puerto Ayora and San Cristobal, since only the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal receive flights from the continental Ecuador.

All the cruises offer land tours in the islands. This activity you let you experience also main attractiveness of each island.

Most of the land tours are focused in the knowledge of the spectacular fauna of the islands. Places where the birds establish their nests, feeding and mating places. Ecological paths demarcate all the destinations inside the islands.

In the big iIslands such as Isabela and Santa Cruz, it is possible to carry out journeys in horse or in bicycle. Visits to volcanoes of Isabela are obligatory activities to carry out. If you have luck, it is possible to appreciate the volcanic activity. In Santa Cruz, several kilometers of lava tunnels under the earth, out boilers, extinct craters full with the typical vegetation of the islands are some of the places you must visit when you travel to Galapagos.

The scientific station Charles Darwin offers 2 interpretation centers, investigation and sample of fauna of the islands inside Santa Cruz and Isabela. These places offer you a clear vision of the conservation project and environmental education that are carried out in the islands. Here, you will have the chance to observe some of the 13 species of turtles.

Other alternatives are to travel around the islands without necessity of taking a cruise. From the port, it is possible to take daily tour with small ships. They will take you to the near places around the port where several activities outdoors can be carried out. Surface diving, surf, kayak, bird watching and hidden beaches inside the islands are the main attractions. Tortuga Bay is the most famous beach of the archipelago. Covered with white sand, is the best place for surfing in the islands.

All these activities can be hired directly in the Galapagos Islands without previous reservation.

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