Charles Darwin Station on his trip to the Galapagos Islands

estación charles darwin

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a scientific research station in the Galapagos Islands, which is managed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and are located in different parts of the archipelago , between the islands of Isabela and San Cristobal.

Station is very famous for its captive breeding of giant tortoises , turtles and calls where the archipelago takes its name and you can live an average of 150 years. It was created in 1964.

It runs educational tasks supporting the Galapagos National Park Service . It is a center of scientific research of foreigners who come to the island to deal with species research programs .

In the Charles Darwin Station Galapagos Travel while you can see sea lions , frigate birds, blue footed boobies , iguanas and the Galapagos giant tortoises. The flora that has the same is very lush , 506 native species.

San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands Your Trip

El Junco, Galapagos

San Cristobal is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, is the fifth largest island and is the highest mountain in the islands with more than 730 meters above sea level.

In this we can see peaks of some volcanoes showing the origin of the archipelago of Galapagos, also has the lake’s largest islands called “El Junco” fresh water and has an almost circular shape in which incredible scenery is, and is located south of the mountains of the Galapagos Islands.

Wolf Island , enjoying quality tourism in Galapagos

wolf island

Named after the many sea lions found in a small flat island where you can enjoy the Enchanted Islands with these animals. It is also ideal to observe frigate birds and blue-footed boobies instead .

In the islet to do snorkeling with sea lions. Two species of wolves are those that can be observed , sea lions , and fur seals , or more known as Plateras seals. The difference between these is its origin , one of California sea lions and other of the Antarctic .

It is about an hour by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the path is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour .

Galapagos has up an old jail

The Galapagos Islands , famous enchanted islands of Ecuador , were not always a tourist site , sometime prior to today is what it was from U.S. base in World War until Ecuadorian prison inmates.

jail on galapagos

These sites am today , showing interest as the Galapagos Islands hold great stories , they can take a walk in ancient places of war or site work for thieves.

Decades ago the archipelago was seen as a distant and deserted place, where he even settle a penal colony for criminals of all Ecuador .
The Penal Colony Isabela , the largest of the archipelago , Island was established by the Ecuadorian President José María Velasco Ibarra had ended when World War II . During the conflict , parts of the Galapagos Islands had served as a military base of the United States .

The enchanted travel, a documentary about the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

A documentary like never before seen, The enchanted travel, is produced on the Galapagos Islands that features information about life and nature in the archipelago is considered as a living laboratory.

Displays the universe formed by the thirteen Ecuadorian archipelago islands, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, which is inhabited by giant tortoises, iguanas and seals, in an area dominated by natural landscapes crowned by volcanoes and frequent eruption.
In less than forty minutes, feature explains endless Galapagos only be offered to the animals, and for us to enjoy.

In addition to exceptional production quality, which allows many details, and to help us learn a little before a trip to the Galapagos Islands to places or have to look more.

And if you’re a marine biologist, the Galapagos Islands is a place of obligatory visit and they found underwater animal species will not see anywhere else on the planet.

There is no doubt that if we want to learn more about our world, nature and everything related to the evolution of species, the Galapagos Islands are a destination that no one should miss.

How to register to travel to Galapagos?

if among your plans this can Galapagos Travel, remember that now the Ecuadorian government has implemented a new system in which you have to register to enter the islands without any problems.

The process is very simple because to do so you must enter a website you leave the link here, entering registration Galapagos Islands, with just fill out a form.

The Governing Council of Galapagos Special Regime, resolved to impose a measure of control of persons entering the Galapagos archipelago, which apply to both residents and visitors and tourists.
The purpose of this measure is to have actual statistics and control in a more efficient entry of tourists that can cause problems to the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, for which any measure to alleviate this is good.

You must follow these steps for successful registration:

1. – Access Gobierno Galapagos website (which is where the form)

Gobierno Galapagos Website

2. – In the left menu click on the button that says PRE Register

3. – Three options will be deployed in the center assigned to Tourists can click on the button that says PRE-REGISTRATION TOURISTS (TCT), there the option to fill this requirement in Spanish or English.

Pre register Galapagos Tourist

4. – It will display a new window where you started the pre-registration with some tourist information

Do not forget to ask your travel agent prior to your trip to the Galapagos Islands this very important requirement and that all meet, to avoid problems and enjoy the journey and the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Diving travel Galapagos Islands, recommended seasons

The Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory in which anyone can study and learn about life

Galapago sin the top 5 about dive experience

Many have visited the Galapagos Islands, presidents, politicians, stars, biologists and even Charles Darwin, which was inspired by it to create his theory of natural evolution of the species, especially during your trip to the Galapagos.

The Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory in which anyone can study and learn about life, its lush beauty and variety of animal species that can not be found in other parts of the world.

Travelling to the Galapagos is a unique experience that teaches us to value and recognize what the world gives us, and care for nature to continue enjoying these wonders.

Should you wish to dive, you will need a certification, do not worry because in case you want to get one, you can take a certification course.

There course ranging from $ 150, corresponding to an immersion is the $ 100, that will give you the opportunity to enjoy 10 dives with qualified PADI certified instructors in the Galapagos Islands.

If you already have a PADI certificate, there is no better choice for your trip to the Galapagos diving and known the riches of underwater life that offers the Island

Diving school in Galapagos Islands

Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Pacific green turtles, corals, sea lions and penguins to name some of the most representative species that really if you decide to make your visit to diving in the Galapagos Islands, and we realize that marine life of the islands are equally fascinating than there is on land.

Among the ten best places for diving are the Galapagos Islands. An unforgettable adventure. The variety of tours for diving in the Galapagos Islands is varied depending on the budget and can last up to eight days and up to 16 dives in the rich waters.

The tours cheaper diving in the Canary Galapos are diving for days that hover around $ 150 thereafter until longer tours that can cost up to $ 4000 or so, this consists of 8 days and 7 nights, plus 16 dives.

The waters of the Galapagos Islands have temperature range depending on the season, and it also features sharp and sudden changes, remote controllable factors.

The temperature of the water surface is between 7 ° C and 18 ° C degrees Celsius, this despite being the Galapagos Islands on the equator.

The hottest months are from January to March are considered hot and wet seasons, the latter being the hottest month of the year. Also at this time the plants are more abundant than usual and the water temperature makes it ideal for diving in the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos green pacific turtle

Between the months of July to September, the island’s climate is drier, cooler and the water temperatua drop considerably, but this is where you can enjoy more underwater life because animals prefer the cold currents.

It should be very careful about the dates you want to organize a travel to the Galapagos Islands, as not all year you can see the same animals and plants, you choose which is most important during your stay.

FAQs Galapagos travel

Frequent questions to consider before travel Galapagos

blue footed boobies in Galapagos Islands

Banks in the Galapagos Islands during your travel

The currency used throughout Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands is the U.S. dollar traveler’s checks are also accepted. Credit cards have more use are MasterCard and Visa, so these are the cards you should take your Galapagos Travel, an American Express card is little used.

The only bank that exists in the Galapagos Islands is the Banco del Pacifico (Pacific Bank) is located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. It can change traveler’s checks with 5% commission. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 3:30, while Saturdays from 9:30 to 12:30. Personal checks are not accepted. ATM has run 24 hours.

Are children allowed to travel to Galapagos?

Take children are allowed, but you have to be very careful and close attention on them especially during excursions on the island and even more when it is the sea.

Many tour operators offer packages including family outings during your Galapagos travel, as there are many who do not accept children. H3

Galapagos Islands weather

The climate of the islands to be located at the equator, it is usually warm most of the year. Season with more heat and rain presence is from November to April, with temperatures from 22 ° C to 31 ° C (70-84 ° F). In these seasons the waters are warmer and more pleasant is a little marine activities.

The relative cold season, because maybe still has a pleasant climate, is from May to mid-November, where temperatures range from 19 ° C to maximum 27 ° C (68-82 ° F). The advantage of this time is that there are more animals on the islands, and cold ocean currents attract more variety of aquatic life.

Google will allow us to make a Galapagos Travel through street view

Google incorporated in the next few months pictures Galapagos Islands, in his famous system 360 degree view, Street View; submarine and terrestrial images are those that have been obtained during a tour of a Google team.

Galapagos Travel of Google Street View team

For those unable to make a trip to the Galapagos Islands and want to know the same will soon be available to everyone a view somewhat particular, and its system of Google Street View.

Google has made a Galapagos travel, following in the footsteps of naturalist Charles Darwin, in order to capture images of beauty and biological diversity in the Island Ecuador, in order to incorporate them into your mapping system.

Armed with peculiar backpacks, carrying cameras that capture images in 360 °, have made trails such Galapagos Islands, amounted small mountains, has walked volcanic terrain roads, as it could have made Charles Darwin, which allowed him to make the theory of evolution.

The Google team that made this adventure, a trip to Galapagos steps ten days, and that this work was done in collaboration with the not-for-profit Charles Darwin Foundation, The Galapagos National Park management.

The best marine activities to do on a Galapagos travel

The Galapagos Islands travels offer unique experiences regarding underwater activities, snorkeling for those without diving certification and dive as Darwin and Wolf islands where you can enjoy the great variety of life that exists in them.

Turtle in submarine view in Galapagos Island

No doubt, the Galapagos Islands have many attractions, but a trip to Galapagos in which we neither snorkeling or diving, is like something is missing, not complete, because with the large amount of marine life that exist in the Galapagos Islands , we would be missing from this experience.

Snorkeling Galapagos Travel

It is the best option for those without scuba certification since only need a few teams, if not have, those you can rent at a store or tour operator Galapagos Islands.

Remember that you can bring your underwater camera to get great pictures of underwater life during your trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Use sunscreen, and t is very important when making the snorkeling in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, as it is very easy to suffer burns from hot sun.

The snorkeling on your trip to the Galapagos Islands offers you the opportunity to swim with fish, sea turtles, sea lions, and maybe you meet a shark, remember that they are harmless.

Galapagos Travel, Snorkeling with a turtle

If you have problems with the water temperature in some older islands, the water is a little cooler, you can rent wetsuits to suffer less from this.