Galápagos Travel Guide
With a five-million-year history, The Galápagos Islands are an incredible destination. These UNESCO World Heritage Site islands are a haven to some of the world’s most endangered species and are a dream to explore if you’re a nature lover.
You can spend weeks hiking the trails on the 18 main islands, exploring the pristine dive sites and learning about the fascinating ecological heritage. It’s the perfect destination for adventurous travelers that want to explore a part of the world that few people get to see in their lifetime.
If you want to avoid the cold weather and oppressively hot temperatures, plan your trip to the Galápagos Islands between November and February. You’ll also be in time for the hatching of the Galápagos Giant Tortoise eggs!
However, keep in mind that the middle of January is high season. You’ll need to book your trip well in advance to ensure you get your first choice hotel and to lock in lower rates before they skyrocket.
Another great time to visit the Galápagos Islands is from May to July. While there might be a few afternoon rainstorms, the adorable blue-footed boobies will be mating!
Check out The Best Time to Travel to The Galápagos Islands for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: Spanish is the official language of the Galápagos Islands, but English is spoken nearly everywhere.
Currency: The Galápagos Islands and Ecuador use the US Dollar.
Getting Around: The beauty of the Galápagos Islands is that they are miles away from the rest of the world. Far from the noise and chaos of city life, this is the perfect place to get away. The problem with getting to the Galápagos Islands is that they are in the middle of nowhere. 600 miles off of the coast of Ecuador, these islands are truly remote.
Read More: Tips on Getting to the Galápagos Islands
Credit Cards and ATMs: There are a limited number of ATMs on the islands. Santa Cruz or San Cristobal Island are the best place to withdraw cash for your trip. Only big hotels and certain shops will accept credit cards, so it’s a good idea to have cash on you for any purchases.
Plugs: The plugs in the Galápagos are type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V, and the standard frequency is 60Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: The Galápagos Islands are a safe destination, especially for solo female travelers. It’s the kind of place where most of the locals leave their doors unlocked. However, petty crime is always a threat. Keep your wits about you and don’t leave your gear unattended.
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