Galapagos is Ecuador

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Galapagos Islands in brief

The Galápagos Islands are an volcanic archipelago distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the centre of the Western Hemisphere, 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. ,

Located approximately 973 km (605 mi) from the Ecuadorian coast, Galapagos is made up of 13 large islands, 6 small ones and 40 islets. Due to its unique Equatorial location, the archipelago has an incredible variety of marine life.

The islands are known for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. The Galapagos hold over 875 catalogued trees and plants, 400 fish species, 58 resident bird species, 22 resident reptiles and 16 resident mammal species.

Charles Darwin referred to the archipelago as a “natural laboratory”. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution of natural selection.

Although located on the Equator, the Humboldt Current brings cold water to the islands, causing frequent drizzles during most of the year. The weather is periodically influenced by the El Niño events, which occur about every 3–7 years and are characterized by warm sea surface temperatures, a rise in sea level, greater wave action, and a depletion of nutrients in the water.

During the season known as the garúa (June to November), the temperature by the sea is 22 °C (72 °F), a steady and cold wind blows from south and southeast, frequent drizzles (garúas) last most of the day, and dense fog conceals the islands. During the warm season (December to May), the average sea and air temperature rises to 25 °C (77 °F), there is no wind at all, there are sporadic, though strong, rains and the sun shines.

Weather changes as altitude increases in the large islands. Temperature decreases gradually with altitude, while precipitation increases due to the condensation of moisture in clouds on the slopes. There is a large range in precipitation from one place to another, not only with altitude, but also depending on the location of the islands, and also with the seasons.

We offer a range of accommodation from economy class to first class yachts. Activities include hiking, boating, snorkelling and diving (upon request).