Accommodation - Hotels & Cruises
When visiting the Galapagos National Park, you can either take a hotel or a cruise based tour.
Hotels - There is no shortage of places to stay with over 280 accommodation options available on the four islands of Floreana, Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.
Cruises - There are over 70 cruise boats to choose from, with the largest ones limited to a maximum passenger capacity of 100.
Things To Do
Some of the best activities are snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, dinghy rides, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
All of these things to do have an emphasis on seeing and experiencing the wildlife that reside in the Galapagos National Park.
Sharks Of The Galapagos
Up to 30 shark species have been recorded in the waters of these incredible islands with the most prominent ones being the Scalloped Hammerhead, Galapagos, Whale, Tiger, Silky, Dusky, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef sharks.
Due to where the islands are located, about 960 km (600 mi) west of the Ecuador mainland, the only reasonable option to get there is by air.
There are no direct international flights, so a connecting flight from either Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador can be made.
There are 12 different species of this tortoise spread across ten different islands showing a big variation in size and shape.
The largest of the species is the biggest in the world with some individuals measuring up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long and weighing 400 kg (881 lb).
Galapagos National Park Penguin
This is the only penguin species to be found north of the equator and they are endangered because the population numbers fewer than 2000.
Most inhabit Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island.