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Galapagos mapOFFICIAL NAME

Archipiélago de Colón

CAPITAL

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (2,800)

LAND AREA

7,845 sq km

POPULATION

30,000 approximately

LOCATION

The Galapagos Islands are located North West of South America. Exactly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador (country to which the islands belong) in the Pacific Ocean.

LANGUAJES

Spanish (official), English

AREA CODE

593 – 52

TIME

GMT minus 6 hours in the Galapagos Islands. GMT minus 5 hours on mainland Ecuador.

ELECTRICITY

110 volt generated on cruise vessels only.

ISLANDS

There are 13 large islands and many smaller ones; Isabela (Albemarle) (c.2,250 sq mi/5,827 sq km) is the largest. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal, is the provincial capital.

MAIN PORTS

Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island), Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island), Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).

ENTRY

No visa is required, but your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival. You will need to show your return ticket to the customs.

CURRENCY

In Ecuador you can pay with US Dollar (US$)

SEA TEMPERATURE VARIATION

Average of 8°C (from season to season)

CLOTHING CASUAL

Take good walking shoes, bathing suit and a light jacket for evenings.

GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADMISSION FEE

US $.100 per person. It must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos (rate is subject to change without notice).

HOW TO GET THERE

Flights to Galapagos are with either TAME or Aerogal airlines and are booked in conjunction with any cruise. From the mainland to Galapagos it takes one and a half hours, but from Quito adds at least another hour as the plane stops in Guayaquil.

WHEN TO GO

Don’t missed by the Galapagos’ equatorial location, a trip is not the tropical steambath of other areas with the same latitude.

Temperatures generally hover between 22º - 28ºC (70º - 80ºF). The water is fairly cold, sometimes below 20ºC (68ºF). Low Season is May 1 – June 14 and September 15 – October 31, and everything else is high season. The rainy season lasts from January to April, with usually the wettest months. The dry season is June to November, when the weather is often cloudy and the islands enshrouded with mist. 

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