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Early Booking - Galapagos

¿Booking a tour to the Galapagos early?

For many people visiting Galapagos is the dream of their life! And to be honest Galapagos worth every penny. At this point you have probably seen pictures and have marveled only reading about animals, nature and history of The Galapagos Islands, but it will never be enough if you do not come and see all this with your own eyes.

It is true that every penny you spend is worth, but you can’t forget the budget factor. Therefore we give you here some tips to get the best rates for the best seasons. As the customers experiences we know it’s important to note:

1. Set your travel dates

2. Enlist the animals, places and activities you would like to do and see.

3. And above all set your Budget.

1. SETTING YOUR TRAVEL DATES: The Galapagos have two seasons governed by strong ocean currents. The dry season is from July to December, and the rainy season is from January to June. The Humboldt Current is particularly prevalent in the dry season, helped by brisk southeast winds. The Humboldt Current cools the sea and forms the “garua” mist hanging at an altitude of 300-600 meters where the cool, moist air over the water meets the warm air above that is heated by the sun. In the warmer rainy season, the winds die off, allowing warm currents from Panama to displace the Humboldt Current. Sea temperatures rise, the mist dissipates, and rain clouds can form. March and April are the wettest months. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. Choose the best time or season of the year that fits your trip preferences.

2. ENLIST THE ANIMALS, PLACES AND ACTIVITIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO AND SEE: In the Galapagos islands there are a lot of different activities included in our Land Based TOURS, to enjoy your trip from walking and enjoy the bird watching, snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, turtles even sharks to hiking to the second largest volcano crater of the world. Here are a list of the wonders of main islands:

Isabela (Albemarle) Island –With an area of 4,640 km2 (1,792 sq mi), it is the largest island of the Galápagos. Its highest point is Volcán Wolf, with an altitude of 1,707 m (5,600 ft). The island’s seahorse shape is the product of the merging of six large volcanoes into a single land mass; we recommend you to explore it with “The Beauty of Isabela” TOUR. On this island, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound. At the skirts and calderas of the volcanoes of Isabela, land iguanas and Galápagos tortoises can be observed, as well as Darwin finches, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves and very interesting lowland vegetation. The third-largest human settlement of the archipelago, Puerto Villamil, is located at the southeastern tip of the island. It is also the only place in the world where a penguin can be in its natural habitat in the Northern Hemisphere.

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island –It has an area of 986 km2 (381 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 864 m (2834 ft). Santa Cruz hosts the largest human population in the archipelago, the town of Puerto Ayora. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service are located here. The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer exuberant flora, and are famous for the lava tunnels, don´t miss the “Santa Cruz & Isabela complete” Island Hopping Tour. Large tortoise populations are found here. Black Turtle Cove is a site surrounded by mangroves, which sea turtles, rays and small sharks sometimes use as a mating area. Cerro Dragón, known for its flamingo lagoon, is also located here, and along the trail one may see land iguanas foraging.

San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island –It has an area of 558 km2 (215 sq mi) and its highest point rises to 730 m (2395 ft). This is the first island in the Galápagos Archipelago Charles Darwin visited during his voyage on the Beagle. This islands hosts frigate birds, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls. Its vegetation includes Calandrinia galapagos, Lecocarpus darwinii, and trees such as Lignum vitae. The largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, Laguna El Junco, is located in the highlands of San Cristóbal. The capital of the province of Galápagos is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which lies at the southern tip of the island, and is close to San Cristóbal Airport.

Española (Hood) Island –It has an area of 60 km2 (23 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 206 m (676 ft). Due to its remote location, Española has a large number of endemic species. It has its own species of lava lizard, mockingbird, and Galápagos tortoise. Española’s marine iguanas exhibit a distinctive red coloration change between the breeding season. Española is the only place where the waved albatross nests. Española has two visitor sites. Gardner Bay is a swimming and snorkelling site, and offers a great beach. Punta Suarez has migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife, including brightly colored marine iguanas, Española lava lizards, hood mockingbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos hawks, three species of Darwin’s finches, and the waved albatross.

Fernandina (Narborough) Island –Fernandina has an area of 642 km2 (248 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 1,494 m (4,902 ft). This is the youngest and westernmost island. Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather, largely on black lava rocks. The famous flightless cormorants inhabit this island, as do Galápagos penguins, pelicans, Galápagos sea lions and Galápagos fur seals. Different types of lava flows can be compared, and the mangrove forests can be observed.

Floreana (Charles or Santa María) Island –It has an area of 173 km2 (67 sq mi) and a maximum elevation of 640 m (2,100 ft). It is one of the islands with the most interesting human history, and one of the earliest to be inhabited. Flamingos and green sea turtles nest (December to May) on this island. The patapegada or Galápagos petrel, a sea bird which spends most of its life away from land, is found here. At Post Office Bay, where 19th century whalers kept a wooden barrel that served as a post office, mail could be picked up and delivered to its destinations, mainly Europe and the United States, by ships on their way home. At the “Devil’s Crown”, an underwater volcanic cone and coral formations are found.

Genovesa (Tower) Island –It has an area of 14 km2 (5.4 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 76 m (249 ft). This island is formed by the remaining edge of a large caldera that is submerged. Its nickname of “the bird island” is clearly justified. At Darwin Bay, frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal species of gull in the world, can be seen. Red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropic birds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin finches are also in sight. Prince Philip’s Steps is a bird-watching plateau with Nazca and red-footed boobies. There is a large Palo Santo forest.

Santa Fe (Barrington) Island –It has an area of 24 km2 (9 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 259 m (850 ft). Santa Fe hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and Palo Santo. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds and shear-waters petrels. Santa Fe species of land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards.

Santiago (San Salvador, James) Island –This island has an area of 585 km2 (226 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 907 m (2976 ft). Marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, flamingos, dolphins and sharks are found here. Pigs and goats, which were introduced by humans to the islands and have caused great harm to the endemic species, have been eradicated (pigs by 2002; goats by the end of 2006). Darwin finches and Galápagos hawks are usually seen, as well as a colony of fur seals. At Sulivan Bay, a recent (around 100 years ago) pahoehoe lava flow can be observed.

Wolf (Wenman) Island –It has an area of 1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 253 m (830 ft). Here, fur seals, frigatebirds, Nazca and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sharks, whales, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen. The most famous resident is the vampire finch, which feeds partly on blood pecked from other birds, and is only found on this island.

3. SET YOUR BUDGET: If you book your trip with enough time you will get early booking discounts; for the airplane tickets the best days for online deals are Tuesdays, also if you visit the islands for the first time, it´s better to find a complete TOUR; including, lodge, meals, transfers and guided visits, to don’t miss the main touristic places in a short time. If you were before in the Islands, you could also book your stay in The Wooden House Lodge at Isabela Island and then take a Tailor Made exploration.

Thus it will be easier for you find in time an itinerary that fits you well at the most convenient price. Keep in mind that if you wait for last minute deals you might get very good prices.

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