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Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting in the Galapagos

Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling in the Galapagos Islands That fresh water is scarce on a volcanic island will come as no surprise. Native and endemic species […]

Galapagos Marine Reserve Expansion

If you follow our Stories on Instagram, you will have seen that last Friday (14 January 2022) the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, signed an official […]

The Story Behind the First Galapagos Chocolate Bar

Nothing that we do at Galapagos Safari Camp comes without a story and we are very excited to share our latest adventure with you. It dates […]

Galapagos With Kids: Family Cruise or Family-Friendly Hotel?

“Would we, like most visitors to the famous islands off of Ecuador’s coast, explore by cruise ship? The see-sawing surf keeping us awake at night, a […]

Charles Darwin’s Research Station on The Galapagos

A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora The Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island, was inaugurated in […]

Rábida Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

If our solar system boasts Mars, the red planet, then Rábida is the Galapagos’s red island: a short-but-very-sweet Galapagos safari to savor. It’s an incandescent world […]

The Galapagos Mockingbird

It’s quite curious (and somehow quintessentially Galapagos) that of all the bizarre, unique creatures on the archipelago, one of the least “curious”—the mockingbird— would be the […]

Whales in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the largest animals on the planet as they migrate from all around the world to feed and give […]

Scuba Diving in the Galapagos Islands

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Old Galapagos Islands Maps

Since their discovery in 1535, the Galapagos Islands were visited by many sailors, merchants and pirates. Each drew up maps of what they believed the Islands […]

The American Flamingo

Flamingos are among nature’s most dazzling creations. A tall, spectacularly pink bird with long, lanky legs, a sleek, curvaceous neck (among the longest legs and neck […]

San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

  The island of San Cristóbal is one of the oldest in the Galapagos archipelago. Somewhat down-at-heel in comparison to Puerto Ayora — the true Galapagos […]

The Frigatebird

What differentiates the seas of the temperate northern hemisphere from those of the tropics? One of the first differences that comes to my mind are the […]

The Blue Footed Booby

Scientific name: Sula nebouxii Conservation status: Least Concern   Is the blue-footed booby endemic to the Galapagos? No. Although the Galapagos is home to around half […]

Ecuador’s Spectacular Chocó Cloud Forest

  Ecuador’s Spectacular Chocó Region Recognized as Newest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve The Chocó cloud forest has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Find out where it […]

Santiago Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need To Know

  How to visit Santiago Island Located to the northwest of Santa Cruz, Santiago Island is usually visited on a Galapagos cruise as it is not […]

Santa Fe, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

Santa Fe: At a glance Uninhabited by humans 24 squared km / 9 squared miles Elevation: 250m above sea level. South-east of Santa Cruz From Galapagos […]

Galapagos Land Iguanas

  Darwin and Iguanas Darwin was no fan of lizards. On his visit to the Galapagos, he famously called marine iguanas “imps of darkness” and wasn’t […]

Books About The Galapagos Islands

                Prepare for your Galapagos vacation with some of the many fantastic guide books written by passionate experts: books […]

4 Must See Destinations in Ecuador

The Galapagos might be the most enticing of Ecuador’s jewels, but the mainland is worth more than just a stopover. Discover toucans and pumas, volcanoes and […]

Genovesa Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need To Know

  Genovesa Island and The Red-Footed Booby We arrive at Prince Philip’s Steps, in one of Galapagos’ northernmost islands. The name honors the Prince’s two visits […]

Darwin’s Galapagos Finches

The Galapagos Finch They may be small and cute, but they usually don’t leave us dumbfounded at first sight. But their significance belies their small size, […]

The Galapagos Family Vacation Preparation Guide

The more preparation you and your children put into your Galapagos Family Safari, the more you will all get out of it. Here are a few […]

The Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The ‘Galapago’ The Galápagos Islands got their name from the old Spanish word, ‘Galapago’. What is uncertain, however, is what the correct definition for this word […]

Finding a Purpose: A How-to for Solo Travelers

Solo Travel in the Galapagos   Travel to Transform Travel has changed. Gone are the days of hopping on a plane, seeing the sights, posing for […]

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   Sitting at the centre of the archipelago Santa Cruz Island offers iconic wildlife, spectacular beaches, beautiful walks,  and nature galore. It […]

The Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos Islands

  With dozens of dive sites peppered across the Galapagos Islands, each offering something a little different, it can be hard to decide which ones to […]

Lonesome George: The Legendary Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The Galapagos Giant Tortoise   One of the most surreal experiences on arrival to your Galapagos Islands vacation is spotting shiny, rock-like mounds almost camouflaged against […]

The Galapagos Flightless Cormorant

People with some knowledge of birds know that cormorants are rather common. These aquatic birds are great flyers and good divers, found pretty much everywhere on […]

Recommended Galapagos Packing List

  With luggage restrictions of 20kg per person (and sometimes less for inter-island flights), it’s worth knowing what you really need (and what you really don’t), […]

North Seymour Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

Galápagos Islands are born with nothing. Constant, relentless volcanic activity caused these islands in the wilds of the Pacific Ocean to rise up from the depths of the sea. For the first few months, at least, there is nothing on them but the dead remains of their underwater existence. The first creatures that venture here are birds, alighting maybe just to catch their breath after hours, maybe days, maybe even months, of living at sea.

Best Things to Do in Quito, Ecuador

With all the anticipation of the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, it might be tempting to skip Quito on your Ecuador vacation and head straight out […]

Five reasons to go glamping in Galapagos

If you’ve ever tried to peg down a flapping tent in high winds, eaten beans out of a tin, or tossed and turned in a sleeping […]

Isabela Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

Isabela Island: At a glance Inhabited by humans Largest island in Galapagos (4600 squared km; 1800 squared miles) Shaped like a sea-horse Formed when 6 volcanoes […]

The Galapagos Albatross

If there ever was an animal whose tenderness and affection towards its significant other were to be considered romantic, it would have to be the Galapagos […]

Ecuador Earthquake Recovery Fund

EERF Update   “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – […]

El Niño

Roughly every seven years since the last Ice Age, the Galapagos Islands experience the warm weather phenomenon called ‘El Niño’, a natural event laden with surprises […]

Working in The Galapagos Changed my life

  Katrien Bauters landed in Ecuador in 2009, stepping off the plane with two bags, a handful of words in Spanish and a job at a […]

The Camp’s Chef

Announcing our New Culinary Director and his Small Plate Menu At Galapagos Safari Camp we strive to provide an all-encompassing, exceptional experience for our guests during […]

The Galapagos in January | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos in January: At a glance Air temperature: 22-31°C / 71-88°F Sea temperature: 74-76°C / 23-24°C Average rainfall: 2-5cm / 0.75-2in Clear skies: 4-7 hours Intermittent […]

The Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve

As part of our Family Safari, guests spend a festive day with a local fisherman learning the tricks of the trade while exploring the sea and […]

The Galapagos in February | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos in February: At a glance Air temperature: 22-31°C / 71-88°F Sea temperature: 74-76°C / 23-24°C Average rainfall: 2-5cm / 0.75-2in Clear skies: 4-7 hours Intermittent […]

The Galapagos in March | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos in March: At a glance Air temperature: 22-31°C / 71-88°F Sea temperature: 74-76°C / 23-24°C Average rainfall: 2-5cm / 0.75-2in Clear skies: 4-7 hours Intermittent […]

The Galapagos in April | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos in April With rains easing off, the Galapagos waters are assuaged, serene enough for first-time snorkelers or kayakers to take the plunge. This is the […]

To’ak Chocolate Tasting Experience

  When Jerry Toth and Carl Schweizer founded To’ak chocolate in 2014, they were on their way to mastering the art of chocolate making, elevating it […]

The Galapagos in May | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos Weather in May With the return of the southeast trade winds and cold waters from Antarctica, the beating afternoon sun is refreshed with a welcome, […]

Customer Satisfaction

At the Galapagos Safari camp we are passionate about providing our guests with a genuine adventure in the archipelago that exceeds expectations. The vision behind the […]

Solo Travel with Galapagos Safari Camp

Solo travel in the Galapagos is an experience that reveals the nuances of the islands; taking the worry out of traveling alone and replacing it with […]

An Ecuador Foodies Experience

The world’s most expensive chocolate, exquisite Polish vodka, world-class craft beer… perhaps not products that you would expect to find in Ecuador, yet the Andean nation […]

South Plaza Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

South Plaza: At a glance Uninhabited by humans 0.13 squared km / 0.05 squared miles Sat just off the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Boat trip […]

The Galapagos Sea Lion

Sea Lions: At a glance Scientific name: Zalophus wollebaeki  Taxonomy: Mammalia > Carnivora > Otariidae > Zalophus Conservation Status: Endangered Endemic to the Galapagos Islands: Almost. […]

Best Restaurants in Quito, Ecuador

Get to know culinary Quito before or after your time at the Camp on an urban safari of exotic flavors, unusual ingredients and atmospheric eateries; a […]

A Helicopter Ride Over Ecuador’s Volcanoes

A helicopter ride from Quito is not a journey from A to B. It is a chance to look Ecuador’s monster volcanoes in the eye, and […]

Ecuador Honeymoon Hotels | The Most Romantic Place to Stay

Valentine’s Day might be the day dedicated to lovers, but these Ecuador hotels have a timeless romance that goes far beyond heart-shaped chocolate boxes. From haciendas […]

12 weird and wonderful facts about Charles Darwin

Galapagos tours, failed career paths, and the theory that changed everything: 12 weird and wonderful facts about Charles Darwin He wasn’t the first person to set […]

The Galapagos Marine Iguana

  Where is the only place in the world you can see Marine Iguanas? Marine iguanas can only be found on the Galapagos Islands and are […]

The Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguins   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Galapagos Safari Camp (@galapagos_safari_camp) There are only about 2000 Galapagos penguins in the […]

Floreana Island, Galapagos: Everything You Need to Know

Floreana is one of the four islands inhabited (by humans) in the Galapagos archipelago. The population is only 150. Huddled along the dock, the minuscule Puerto […]

The Galapagos in November | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos weather in November November marks the final month of the garua season, or the cool & dry season. Both air and sea temperatures remain relatively chilly […]

​The Must-See Reptiles of the Galapagos

There are 25 native reptile species in the Galapagos, 19 of which are endemic. Millions of years ago their ancestors were washed off the mainland and […]

The Galapagos in October | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos Weather in October With the end of the dry garua season in sight, the weather is less cool and the seas less rough, so it’s […]

The Galapagos in September | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Is September a good time to visit the Galapagos Islands? September is a good time to visit for those who are less tolerant of the heat. […]

The Baltra Military Base in The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands were sought after by the United States since 1911, three years before the Panama Canal made the archipelago a refueling stop for ships […]

The Galapagos in August | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Is August a good time to visit the Galapagos Islands? When planning a trip to the Galápagos Islands, timing can make all the difference in what […]

Galapagos Hiking | Hiking in The Galapagos Islands

  As summer break approaches and families are gearing up for a Galapagos Island adventure, we’ve put together a guide about some of the trails and […]

A Grand Galapagos Safari – A Wildlife Adventure For All The Family

“Quality family time together beats material possessions, money and career as the key to happiness, according to new research” The Times, UK   In recent years […]

The Galapagos in July | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Is July a good month to visit the Galapagos Islands? When considering a visit to the Galapagos Islands, the month of July brings its own unique […]

The Best Snorkelling Spots in The Galapagos Islands

Snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Each day of a Galapagos safari holiday is an adventure that shines a new light on the natural world of the […]

Things to Do with Kids in the Galapagos Islands

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – David Attenborough   […]

Can you be too young for the Galapagos Islands?

Why are the Galapagos Islands a great destination for families?   At a glance: Close encounters with fearless animals Excellent family-friendly guides Plenty of outdoor activities […]

The Galapagos in June | Best time to Visit the Galapagos

Galapagos in June: At a glance Air temperature: 29-27°C / 67-80°F Sea temperature: 20-23°C / 68-74°C Average rainfall: 0.6 – 1.3cm / 0.25-0.5in Clear skies: 2-4 […]