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Rábida Island: A Galapagos Treasure

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 with deep-red beaches, the result of the presence of large amounts of iron in the island’s volcanic lava and eroded sand. Rábida is so strange in colour and feel […]

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Why visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in 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 1964 as a base for scientists to carry out their research projects and develop policies that the Galapagos National Park could implement in order to preserve and protect the […]

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San Cristóbal Island

  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 travel hub — San Cristóbal has long led a laid-back existence… that is, ever since a man named Cobos, who ruled the island with the iron fist of a […]

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Diving in the Galapagos

Visiting the Galapagos Islands is any diver’s dream thanks to the high number of endemic species and unique underwater landscapes. The Galapagos marine reserve is one of the largest in the world, protecting over 130,000 km². Diving in the Galapagos provides no end of incredible opportunities to see some of the most wonderful underwater animals, […]

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Taking sustainability in the Galapagos seriously

Since its inception, the Galapagos Safari camp has sought to implement best practices when it comes to sustainability in the Galapagos. It was part of the founders’ ethos, a manifestation of their visions and what they pursue and believe in. And, it has to be said, simple common sense. The Camp’s sustainable approach was developed […]

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Visiting Santiago Island in the Galapagos Islands

Reasons to visit Santiago Island Located to the northwest of Santa Cruz, many cruise ships include visiting Santiago Island on their itineraries. It’s not as common an island to visit on day trips from Santa Cruz. But no matter how you visit, you should definitely try to include it on your list of islands to […]

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Ecuador’s Spectacular Chocó Region

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 is, how you can visit and why it is now the seventh place in Ecuador to be recognized by the international organization for its community conservation efforts and global biological […]

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Frigatebirds on your Galapagos tour

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 presence of frigatebirds on your Galapagos tour. Like Pterodactyls soaring ominously-yet-gallantly in characteristic silhouette, high, high in the sky; their profiles, which can be experienced mainly over pantropical oceans, […]

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Recommended Books for Adults for a Galapagos Vacation

    Prepare for your Galapagos trip with some of the many fantastic guide books written by passionate experts: volumes that help you to identify the wildlife, understand how the islands were formed, and how best to navigate them. But beyond the history and science, these strange volcanic landscapes have proved fertile ground for remarkable […]

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Four 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 rainforests, indigenous communities and colonial architecture with these unmissable destinations.   The Cloud Forest in Ecuador     Home to almost 20% of the world’s plant species and nearly […]

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Santa Fe will be a highlight of your Galapagos safari

  Sea Lions on Santa Fe Stepping over sea lions isn’t exactly your everyday outing. In Santa Fe, the landing will most likely begin on a beach so full of sea lions you’ll feel like you’re intruding… until you suddenly notice that they don’t care… So why would you…? After a while spent filling your […]

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How to Prepare Kids for a Galapagos Vacation

  The more preparation you and your children put into your Galapagos safari, the more you will all get out of it. Discover the best ways to get your family ready for their vacation of a lifetime.   Introduce your kids to the Galapagos flagship species The drama of the landscapes and the wildlife of […]

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Andean Escapism at Hacienda Zuleta

  Huddled up by a crackling fire in the grand mansion, tired and content having spent the day roaming across volcano-spiked sierras on horseback, one cannot help but feel like Andean nobility. Hacienda Zuleta, a 15-room, boutique hotel in Ecuador’s northern highlands, takes the concept and runs with it. It is a sanctuary of luxurious […]

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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 a photo or two in front of a monument and topping up our tans. Tourism, in the literal sense of the word, is no more. Today, discerning holiday-makers recognize […]

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Galapagos Diving Tours: All the Best Dive Sites

A Galapagos diving tour is a sensory overload. Just when you think you’ve seen the most incredible sight of your life, an ocean sunfish glides coolly by, shoving it off the top spot with heedless nonchalance. Because although the islands of the Galapagos are home to myriad exotic creatures, shriveled-winged birds and blackened beasts living […]

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North Seymour, a Galapagos bird safari

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.

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What to pack on a Galapagos Safari Holiday

It might be tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink when preparing for the exotic delights of your safari holiday. But 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), in order to make the shrewdest choices. Here’s […]

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Top things to do in Quito in 2018

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 on your safari adventure. But as 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the capital’s inscription as UNESCO World Heritage city and new things to do and restaurants are springing […]

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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 bag, you will know that although camping has its charms, there’s certainly nothing glamourous about it. Or is there? In the Galapagos Islands, as now in many of the […]

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Asking the right questions: how to choose the Galapagos experience for you

What are the choices when planning a Galapagos vacation? There are three options available for a Galapagos experience: by land, by sea, or a combination of both. If you opt for land, you’ll find hotels on the inhabited islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana, ranging from basic B&B’s to five-star luxury. Visitors […]

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Above the Giants: A Helicopter Ride in Quito

A helicopter ride in Quito is not a journey from A to B. It is a chance to look Ecuador’s monster volcanoes in the eye, to soar above the giants that dwarf us when we’re in the city below. It is a moment to share the skies and a perspective with condors and swoop over […]

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The most romantic Ecuador hotels

Valentine’s 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 with centuries of history and lodges buried deep within the cloud forest to beachfront hideaways, these are hotels to get passionate about. Hacienda Zuleta Snuggle up by the fireplace in […]

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Floreana’s Puerto Velasco Ibarra, a Galapagos tour hidden gem

Floreana is one of the four islands inhabited by human beings in the Galapagos archipelago. The population is only 150. Huddled along the dock, the miniscule Puerto Velasco Ibarra is still one of the smallest and most isolated towns in the world. There’s a lot to say about the island’s haunting tales: legends of murder, […]

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