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Giants of the Ocean: Large Whales in 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 birth to their young. From the larger baleen whale species to smaller toothed whale species, Galapagos provides the perfect conditions for these beautiful giants. Due to their ability to […]

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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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Flamingos in the Galapagos

You know your Galapagos tour is blessed when you come across flamingos! It doesn’t always happen — as with most nature experiences, you never know what you’ll see (although, as we’ve mentioned before, Galapagos tours tend to be pretty consistent in terms of wildlife viewing experiences). Flamingos can still be fairly common on brackish-water lagoons, […]

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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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Luxury in Galapagos – the Safari Camp approach

Luxury is often boxed and packaged and sold as prodigious comfort delivered in expensive and lavish ways, with over the top service and flamboyant sometimes gratuitous gestures. But is that really appropriate in the Galapagos? Is luxury in the Galapagos an oxymoron? Does it have substance, and more importantly a place where you can experience […]

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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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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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Land Iguanas, prehistoric finds on your Galapagos tour

  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 particularly flattering about land iguanas, which he described as “ugly animals, of a yellowish orange beneath, and of a brownish-red color above: from their low facial angle they have […]

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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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Genovesa, taking your Galapagos tour to the limit

  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 to here in 1965 and 1981. We begin our (steep) climb up a set of natural rock formations that serve as a spectacular staircase, taking us to the top […]

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Santa Cruz Top Experiences

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   Santa Cruz is an exciting island. A whole bunch of things to see and experience, spectacular beaches, beautiful walks, great roaming around at the port, wildlife and nature galore. At Galapagos Safari Camp, we call it home.   Lowlands of Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora   Let’s start from the bottom […]

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Galapagos Tortoises, a Galapagos Travel Icon

Galapagos travel has been linked to the giant tortoises that have roamed the islands since time immemorial. Apart from the brief visit by Spanish conquistador Tomás de Berlanga —it was he who hinted at calling the islands “Galápagos” in honor of the reptilian inhabitants —pirates and navigators, for centuries, made crucial, strategic stops here to […]

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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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Isabela, a Galapagos tour destination to savor

Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands, home to spectacular animals on land, including the recently discovered pink iguana of Wolf volcano. This has been one of science’s most exciting discoveries in recent years, a spectacular find, indeed, that, unfortunately, is not part of the Galapagos tourism circuit since the diminutive area in which […]

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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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Ecuador for Foodies: One-of-a-kind experiences

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 is making a name for itself with these very things. And each one comes with larger-than-life personalities to match; extraordinary people, both local and foreign, who have dedicated their […]

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South Plaza, a Galapagos gem

After you’ve finished your safari holiday tour of South Plaza –essentially, a large rock in the middle of the ocean— the awe suddenly overcomes you. How could such a simple ecosystem —yes, a single 32-acre plot of land in the middle of open water— be so full of life. So colourful. So animated. So interesting […]

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Quito Restaurants to Savor

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 foodie tour of the city’s best eats that leaves the guidebooks in the dust. The Ecuadorian capital has a colorful history, a fascinating melting pot of cultures, and off-the-beaten-path […]

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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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The Galapagos Penguin, a Galapagos holiday highlight

The Galapagos Penguin – Sphenicus mendiculus There are only about 2000 individuals in the world today and they are all here, in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin found past the equatorial line, in the northern hemisphere. It is actually the only penguin that spends all of its life in the Tropics. […]

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