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Sailing the Galapagos Islands and Birdwatching 
My friend and I are sailing the Galapagos Islands in our own boat and are bird watchers. Can you tell us how we might go about this e.g. what places …

Possible Galapagos Vacation but want to Relax 
We would like to visit the Galapagos Islands for a vacation in May or June of 2012 but we don't really want a tour. We would like to fly there and have …

Galapagos Hammerhead Shark Diving 
Can you advise as to any liveaboards that offer the chance to dive with Hammerhead sharks. And, if there are liveaboards, their schedules and cost (and …

Swimming with Sea Lions in Galapagos 
Do any of the excursions/tours allow swim time? I've heard of swimming with the seal lions! Your Answer Yes, all of our tours offer the possibility …

Galapagos Isabela Ship Cruise Tour 
My questions are in regards to the Isabela ship. Would like to know the cost and what other ships do you have if the cost is over $3,300. Do you …

Santa Cruise Ship and Galapagos Islands to Visit 
We would like to visit Galapagos in February 2012. Which of the islands are the best to visit in 5 days, or should we stay longer? The Santa Cruise …

Tour Guide or Self Guided in Galapagos 
Should my wife, son, and I get a tour guide or should we self guide ourselves while there in April? If guided with whom? and if self, where or what …

Most Popular Island in Galapagos 
What island is the most popular in Galapagos. Your Answer The most popular Island in Galapagos is Santa Cruz. The main city in this Island is Puerto …

Life in Galapagos 
I am curious about how is it to live in Puerto Ayora and Santa Cruz in Galapagos? What do you do? How is everyday life? How is the culture and the locals? …

Galapagos Unique Animals and Plants 
What animals and plants can only be found in Galapagos? Why are they not found anywhere else? Your Answer Some Galapagos animals and plants are …

Galapagos Island Location 
Where is the exact location of Galapagos Island? Your Answer The Galapagos Islands are located at Longitude 90°W; Latitude 0° 00'' right on the …

Islands in Galapagos 
How many Islands are there in Galapagos and which are the most important ones? Your Answer There are 13 major Islands in Galapagos and 6 smaller …

Is April a Good Time to Visit the Galapagos Islands 
I was just wondering if going during the April spring break was a good time to visit the Galapagos Islands. Your Answer Yes, April is a great month …

Penguin Tours 
Can I see penguins on Santa Cruz Island in August or September. I know they are on other Islands but it is much more expensive to go to those Islands …

Geology of Galapagos Islands 
How did the Galapagos Islands get there? Your Answer The Galapagos originated with the activity of a hot spot (volcanic activity), which turned …

Galapagos Lonesome George 
I been trying to find out what happened to the eggs that were due to hatch from Lonesome George. Were they successful in breeding him with the other …

Penguins in Galapagos 
What is the best time of year to see the Galapagos penguins? Is there a time of year to avoid going in order to not miss seeing them? Your Answer …

What is the HMS Beagle 
What is the HMS beagle and where did the beagle go on it's voyage. Your Answer The HMS Beagle was a Royal Navy ship from England on which Charles …

Galapagos Solo Traveler 
Hi, I am planning a trip, single mature female. Are there any affordable tours that do not charge extra for solo travelers. Your Answer We have …

Water Temperature in the Galapagos Islands 
We are traveling to the Galapagos Islands on April 2, 2010 with two kids (9, 13) and wondered what the current water temperature ranges are right now. …

Whale Watching in Galapagos 
Are there any whale watching excursions in the Galapagos. We are thinking of doing a land based trip. Here's Your Answer The ideal months for whale …

Galapagos Tour Packages with Diving Opportunities 
I have some specific questions about touring the Galapagos Islands. My husband and I will be in Ecuador (arriving in Quito) on July 24th till August 1st …

Country to Which the Galapagos Belong 
What country are the Galapagos Islands part of and its location on the map? Your Answer The Galapagos Islands belong to the country of Ecuador …

Galapagos Tourists Each Year 
How many tourists visit the Galapagos Islands each year in average.? Your Answer Tourism in Galapagos has been constantly growing since 1970. Tourists …

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Temperature of Galapagos 
What is the Average Temperature of Isabela and the rest of the Islands in Galapagos During the Year? Your Answer In general there are Two Seasons …

Galapagos Santa Fe Island 
Could you provide us with a description of Santa Fe Island in Galapagos? Your Answer The beauty of Santa Fe Island is best appreciated from the …

Geology of the Galapagos Islands 
What are the Geological Origins of the Galapagos Islands? and How Old are they? Your Answer The Galapagos Islands originated with the geology activity …

Credit Cards in Galapagos 
What credit cards are accepted in Galapagos Santa Cruz Island in the Puerto Ayora area restaurants and shops? Your Answer Major Credit cards such …

Galapagos Wildlife Evolution 
What pattern of evolution did Charles Darwin observe among animals of the Galapagos Islands during his trip to this Archipelago? Your Answer Charles …

Galapagos Facts 
What are the most important facts about Galapagos Islands? Here's Your Answer There are many important Galapagos facts. These Islands have become …

Galapagos Food and Cooking 
I have the rare privilege of being a chef on a private yacht sailing the Galapagos in March. I am curious about the locations of food markets in port …

Economic Galapagos Trip 
When I get to Galapagos, I really want to do the most I can. Horse ride up the side of a volcano, help at a giant tortoise breeding center, and lots of …

Overnighting on Land with Day Cruises to the Various Natural Wonders of the Galapagos Islands 
My husband tends to get very seasick while I get moderately seasick, unless we're in calm waters when we sleep. We recently stayed overnight without issue …

When to go to Galapagos 
Sea sickness is a BIG problem so I would like to know when is the best time to cruise the Galapagos Islands? Your Answer... The Galapagos Islands …

Number of Species on the Galapagos Islands 
I had one heard a crazy fact that the Galapagos Islands hold a really high percentage of the worlds total species population. I can't remember if it …

Galapagos Visitor Sites 
I can only afford to spend 4 days in the Galapagos Islands. What are the most visited sites, in order of number of visitors? Your Answer Hi …

Independent Visit to San Cristobal Island 
In 1997 we visited the island. My husband worked for a company who retrieved the wreckage of a 727 on the runway there. I visited there at the end of his …

Galapagos Islands Attractions 
I want to visit Galapagos because I've heard a lot about them. But I would like to know what are some of the attractions of the Galapagos Islands? …

How Many Islands are in Galapagos? 
How many islands does the Galapagos have? Which are the most important ones? Do the Galapagos Islands have a capital city? what's the name of it. …

Charles Darwin in Galapagos 
When did Charles Darwin go to the Galapagos Islands? and what is the meaning of the Theory of Evolution? How much time did he spent exploring the Galapagos …

Galapagos Belongs to? 
To which country does the Galapagos Islands belong to? It would be much appreciate it if you can also provide its exact location on the map. Thanks …

What Does a Galapagos Tortoise Look Like? 
I've heard a lot about Galapagos giant tortoises and would like to know what does a Galapagos tortoise look like and its main characteristics? And also …

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Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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