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Galápagos Islands Travel Guide

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With its untamed terrain and notoriously fearless creatures — from sea lions to seagoing lizards — the isolated isles of the Galápagos lure those looking for exhilarating encounters in the wild. After all, where else can you observe giant tortoises grazing on tall blades of grass, short-feathered penguins waddling along the equator or blue-footed boobies conducting their unique mating ritual without flinching at the flash of your camera? More than 100 years after Charles Darwin visited ... continue»

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When to Visit Galápagos Islands

The best time to visit the Galápagos Islands is from January to May. Though the Galápagos is beautiful year-round, these months offer temperatures ranging from the 70s to the mid-80s, making pleasant conditions for hiking and wildlife-spotting. And though this season experiences frequent (but short) showers, the sun shines brightly on most days. Between June and November, the Humboldt Current, a current that runs north-westward along South America's west coast, ushers in cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich water that attracts rare fish and birds. Albatrosses and penguins are just some of the species you'll spot at this time of year. Avoid visiting between mid-December and mid-January — as well as June and August — when you'll compete with heavy peak-season tourist crowds. Also keep in mind that the government limits the number of travelers on the island at any given time, so you'll need to book several months in advance to secure a spot.

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Getting Around Galápagos Islands

The best way to get around the Galápagos Islands is by boat. The Galápagos archipelago is composed of more than 60 islands and islets, only 19 of which are large enough to warrant a place on a map. You'll want to arrange an organized multi-day cruise or boat tour several months in advance; that said, sea journeys aboard luxury liners are often attached to a lofty price tag, especially during high season. If you wish to steer clear of the water altogether, you can fly from Baltra (a small island north of Santa Cruz Island) to San Cristóbal Island or Isabela Island.

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