To us, residents of the capitals and big cities, small islands always seem surprising and how many jokes exist apropos "I want the island in the ocean", not to count. For this reason once again, choosing the place where the long-awaited vacation will be spent, we consider trip option on ocean islands. After gray office everyday life and the roads which are filled in with rain streams there is a wish to drink quietly cocktails, luxuriating on the warm beach and to listen to noise of an ocean surf.
As well as possible Galapagos Islands located in 907 kilometers to the West from Ecuador meet all these requirements. Without regard to the fact that they are rather far from a civilization Galapagos Islands have all advantages of modern resort areas.
The biggest city on Galápagos – Puerto-Ayora located on one of the largest islands of the archipelago the island Santa Cruz is the basic, on Galápagos, the tourist center with perfectly developed infrastructure. The total area of the island archipelago makes 7880 sq.km, constantly living population totals about 30 000 people.
Galápagos are located on the equator which line passes through a crater of a terrible volcano Wolf who is the highest point of Galapagos Islands (1707 m above sea level). The deep ocean trench conditionally divides the archipelago on southern and northern speak rapidly: southern includes practically all islands of the archipelago, and in northern – several tiny rocky islands like Wolf and Darwin.
The most attractive aspect of rest on Galapagos Islands is an opportunity to get acquainted with one of the most ancient ecosystems of Earth. Up to 1535 the leg of the person therefore many species of the most rare animals, such as a Galápagos land iguana, an elephant turtle, a green turtle, holothurias, a Galápagos penguin, a golubonogy olusha, birds of family vyyurkovy, the Galápagos buzzard, a Galápagos cormorant, a Galápagos sea lion, are found only on these islands did not go into the territory of this archipelago.
Some inhabitants are under the threat of disappearance. The benefit that all attempts of visiting poachers are successfully stopped by protection of national park. If you visit the Galapagos Islands, photos made on them will be extremely beautiful irrespective of level of training of the photographer.
The cost of an entrance to National park makes about $100, excursions are paid for an arrival on islands and only with cash. Besides, caring for thin hearing of wonderful birds and sense of smell of animals who adore watching tourists, the administration of the park forbids to rustle and burn down fires in the territory of this volcanic paradise. It is possible to move across the territory of the park only accompanied by employees of the accepting travel agency and only in the resolved places.
Safety of guests for host above all. Without fail before a travel on these strange islands it is necessary to undergo all complex of inoculative manipulations (against yellow fever and malaria) as respect for medical safety. The golden rule "Do not drink flowing water" - does not lose the value and on Galápagos.
Very soft, sparing climate will make rest on Galapagos Islands even more pleasant. Thanks to a cold current on the archipelago is much more cool, than in other territories of the equator, average annual temperature makes +23―24 °C here that is quite comfortable for the European tourists, adaptation takes place quickly enough and without serious consequences.
It is better to visit the Galapagos Islands during a so-called dry season (the beginning – July, the end - October). As for local cuisine, it, of course, tasty, but the first few days you should not abuse. The European stomachs are quite accustomed to rice, eggs, vegetables, sea products, corn flat cakes, but fried green bananas can affect digestion very negatively. For gourmets and antipsychotic esthetes quite will be suitable – a baked guinea pig, a pig, and beef hoofs the seasoned white pepper sauce and oil of the South American olive.
It is possible to reach Ecuador by plane. Further from the capital of Ecuador of Quito to Galápagos airbuses of Aerolineas Galapagos airline regularly make flights (there is a landing in Guayaquil). Flight from Quito to Galápagos takes 3 hours, Guayaquil – Galapagos Islands – 1,5 hours.
As for the general budget, Galápagos in this plan are also favorable, as well as in respect of "smotribelnost". The average cost of a tour to Galapagos Islands makes about $4000 as like as two peas.
There one can go, it is possible with darling, friends or all relatives combined, the surprising atmosphere of rest and harmony will help to be loaded with positive energy for the year ahead. And it is not important whether you will quietly doze, having buried in black sand or together with seals to investigate ocean depths – the peace of mind will be provided. Successful to you rest, Lord!