Travel guide to Galapagos Islands


Local name
Las Islas Galâapagos

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

You can visit the islands all year round, but the boat trips can be quite turbulent from September to November. If you want to see the giant albatross, you have to be aware that it leaves the island in the end of the year and don't return before March.


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Local conditions


Time zone

When the time is 12.00 in England (summertime) it is 05.00 at the Galápagos Islands. When the time is 12.00 in England (wintertime) it is 06.00 at the Galápagos Islands

Culture and entertainment

There are a few good bars in the main city Puerto Ayora.

Accommodation / Hotel

The hotels on the islands lie in Puerto Ayora. However, many visitors sleep in the cabins at the boat they sail around in. It is also the best way to see the fabulous animal life. In Puerto Ayora you can sometimes be a little bit cut off from the big nature experiences. Book your hotel in Galapagos Islands here

Local transport


Other transport

Transport is mainly by boat, but there are a couple of bus routes over short distances. You can also rent a mountain bike and make your own trip on the main islands.

Special conditions

The Galapagos Islands are a national park. All visitors have to pay an entrance fee to get in. The standard among the tour operators varies a lot. Make sure that all the details about your trip are described fully and very detailed before you go. If the boat trip is long the crew will expect a tip from you when you get ashore. Also be aware that some of the places cut off all electricity at 11.p.m.
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