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Galapagos Trip Guide

Galapagos Trip
Charles Darwin made these islands famous, and ever since, they have been the quintessential eco-tourism attraction. Located several hours off the coast of Ecuador, Galapagos harbors a stunning variety of indigenous wildlife that has developed in isolation over the millennia. Ninety percent of the region—land and sea—is considered Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, with settlements and small towns claiming a contested foothold on the other ten percent of land. Though everything from park lands to number of visitors is heavily regulated, development remains a double-edged sword for Galapagos. Land-based tourism is a possibility now, though in the past Galapagos National Park regulated that people could only visit on boats, and in specific areas. Some unregulated hotels are in development—though with uncertain status—and many conversations are happening around the future of tourism and how it should be managed.
Photo Credit: Sea Lions, Espanola Island, Galapagos (Michael Melford/National Geographic)

Top Hotels

Red Booby Hotel

Plazas Avenue and Charles Binford
Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

Hotel Solymar

Charles Darwin and Thomas de Berlanga
Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

Top Attractions

Galapagos Aggressor

San Cristobal

Devil's Crown

Off Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Trip Stats

Major Airport
Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO)
High Season

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