Spring Break: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Spring Break: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Spring break is the best time to travel and see the world. However, there are very few places on this planet that offer possibilities as wonderfully varied as the Galapagos Islands. Located off shores of Ecuador, this amazing natural wonder is among the most magnificent sights in the world. The Galapagos Islands are basically made up of small volcanic islands which are believed to be about 5 million years old.

This spectacular archipelago of about 19 volcanic islands (also known as a ‘living museum’), is a double World Heritage site (both the sea and the land are protected), and actually served as an inspiration for the Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin. Each one of the islands boasts its’ very own unique landscape, which range from volcanic rocks, to swaths of sandy beaches melting into the gemstone blue waters. This has made the islands quite popular especially among natural historians.

What makes the islands even more special, is the variety of animals, and lack of the natural predators. The Galapagos Islands are home to over 26 endemic species of birds, and many other unique creatures. When you visit these Islands, you can expect to encounter all kinds of rare animals including, but not limited to; giant turtles, penguins, sea lions, lava lizards, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, red billed frigates, among others. Thanks to the lack of large natural predators, friendly animals like the playful giant turtles and sea lions, let tourists get up close. When you walk among these beautiful and unique creatures, you’ll never forget the experience.

Things To Do

Whether you are traveling with a group of friends, with your family or alone, you can be certain you will find that the Galapagos Islands offer all kinds of fun for every kind of taste. That said, let’s take a look at some fun things to do in Galapagos Islands:

  • Visit the Beach – As a spring breaker visiting the Galapagos Islands, you should check the white sandy beaches. One of the beaches that offers breathtaking views is the Tortuga Bay. When you visit this beach, you will know why the Galapagos Islands are so popular. The crystal clear blue waters and the white sandy shores are always welcoming, and you’ll have a fun time here.
  • Snorkeling – Snorkeling is a very popular activity in the Galapagos islands as the sea life is rich and colorful. Snorkeling offers visitors a way to get in the blue waters with fish, sea lions, sea turtles, and other marine creatures. Snorkeling is a good option for those who do not have the scuba diving certification.
  • Kayaking – Kayaking allows visitors to navigate more of the blue waters without using a boat. You can rent kayak at the Tortuga Bay, and get to explore the nearby beaches. Giant sea turtles and fish can be seen when kayaking.
  • Surfing – The Galapagos Islands provide really good waves for surfing and some of locals actually surf on a daily basis. You can rent a surf board at the port towns.

Best Time of Year To Visit Galapagos Islands

Well, this basically depends on what you are looking to experience. Each season brings with it unique weather conditions and wildlife viewing opportunities. That said, you should know that the busiest time is during the months of June, July and August, and also from mid December to mid January; prices are usually at their highest during these times. If you want to avoid large crowds, you should consider visiting during the months of September, October and November.

Things to Know

  • Ecuador uses the US Dollar – no need to change any money!
  • The Galapagos Islands are a national park – when you land in the Galapagos, you will need to pay the park entrance fee of $100.