5 Things You Should Know Before You Go to the Galápagos Islands
Thinking about visiting the Galápagos Islands. Here are 5 things you should know before you go!
The water temperature can be wetsuit-worthy. I was expecting the water to be balmy. The Galápagos Islands are near the equator right? Well, in South America, the Humboldt Current comes up the coast from Antarctica. That’s right, Antarctica! This means that the further north you go in the southern hemisphere, the warmer the water gets. But, it is still pretty chilly around the Galápagos Islands.
There are a lot of rules. In order to protect the islands and their inhabitants, the Galápagos National Park Service (GNPS) has instituted a lot of rules about what you can and cannot do and where you can and cannot go. You risk the wrath of your guide and any nearby park rangers if you disobey them. You may even be fined.
The Galápagos Islands are not covered by tropical jungle. They are actually pretty arid. This ups the risk of a devastating fire occurring. Hence, the need for some of the rules mentioned above.
You can only access the protected areas of the Galápagos National Park accompanied by a naturalist guide. Seeing the coolest parts of the park is not a do-it-yourself adventure.
There are no direct flights from the US to the Galápagos Islands. You must fly to Guayaquil in Ecuador and then catch a flight to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands.
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