Galápagos Islands Off The Beaten Path

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    Porcupine seems a relative
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  • Off the beaten path and out of town
    Off the beaten path and out of town
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    not just another rock: napping marine...
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Galápagos Islands Off The Beaten Path

  • Cheap travel in Galapagos

    Reinhard,You should be fine in February as long as you are flexible and have a little bit of flux time. Most of the time there is spots for 1-2 on boats with the local tourists. I have never booked anything ahead of time and typically just see whats available and if I dont like it I just travel on my own via the lanchas to San Cristobal and...

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  • In and around Puerto Ayora town

    It may seem strange to recommend Puerto Ayora and vicinity as "off the beaten path" since it is by far the largest town in the islands, with over 10,000 residents!However, most visitors just pass through Puerto Ayora on the way to or from a boat tour. And generally they only stop for a look at Lonesome George at the Darwin Station, or maybe to buy...

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  • Tower Island

    Tower Island, which isn't on all itineraries, is the northern most island in the archipelago. Here, one can see Red Footed and Masked Boobies and the Galapogos sub-species of Fur Seal. It is an experience you wont soon forget. Before booking a trip, see if they go here. As mentioned, not all trips include this island. It is highly recommended...

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  • Galapagos Alternatives

    Hello, I think it's off season on the islands at the moment so finding a tour at the last minute shouldn't be a problem. Although, In my opinion, leaving out of Quito is fine, there is no need to go to Guayaquil. Finding a reputable travel agent.......of course always beware of companies with overinflated prices gouging tourists in Quito. One...

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  • keep your eyes open

    A lot of this page could unfortunately be considered off the beaten path since the tourist industry of the Galapagos Islands caters strictly to selling cruises. You are all but shunned if you ask about anything other than a three, four or seven day cruise as if that is all that exists. Sure, once you buy that they'll be happy to tack on anything...

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  • See sharks!

    If you have done any research on the Galapagos Islands, you have probably seen this picture. It was taken at the top of Bartolome. When we went snorkeling, we went in the cove on the right (see picture). On the left cove, we were not allowed to snorkel. We were able to walk over there and evidently sharks like to frequent this area. They were...

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  • Swimming and snorkelling

    Let’s face it; the whole trip is off the beaten path!! Only a certain amount of tourists are allowed on any island at one time so it’s most likely you will have the whole place to yourself (and of course the sea lions). You do need to stay on the designated paths in order to protect the wildlife and plants, but trust me, everything will come to...

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  • Tower Island

    Most of the Galapagos might still be considered off the beaten path, but some tours skip this lovely island. Tower is a very low lying island and difficult to see until you are very close. At times the sea mist may completely obscure any view of the island and, unless your boat is equipped with radar, it may make it extremely difficult to find

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  • Lava tube

    When at the highlands on Santa Cruz go check out the nearby lava tube. These were created by the lava on the top cooling and hardening while the lava underneath kept flowing.

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  • Tortuga Bay

    If you find yourself on Santa Cruz Island, having seen the Darwin station and Puerto Ayora, and have some time I would suggest a nice walk to the beach. It is about a 30 min walk on a nice stone path (it seems really long the first time, so have patience). The beach is called "Tortuga Bay" and is found by taking a small road off of the main "Darwin...

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  • A beach to yourself

    If on Santa Cruz Island and have the time, take a taxi (about 30 min) to one of the most beautiful beaches, the "Garrapatero".........its a little ride, and not a surfing beach like "tortuga bay", but if you have time you will likely have this gorgeous beach all to yourself.I decided to make a coke commercial!!

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  • You're not allowed off the beaten path...

    There are carefully designated pathways on most of the islands, and no one is allowed to visit the uninhabited islands without licensed guides to take them around.This is obviously to preserve the delicate environment, as well as the animals.Take it seriously - you don't want to pay a small fortune in fines, or worse, end up in an Ecuadoran jail....

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  • Respect the Nature

    It is just unique to visit those "Vulcanous Islands" and there inhabitants. Discovered only 500 years ago by the Bishop of Panama. The first "landing" on one of the Islands was impressive. Birds and Sea-lions were laying down asking -"Do i know your kind of specie?" There are afraidless and have only natural enemies. Follow 100% of the local guide...

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  • Kicker Rock/Leon Durmiente

    This is a small island near San Cristobal that has split in two. If you're travelling on a smaller boat, you can navigate through the narrow passage which is quite fun. We also explored a "crack" in a dinghy - beautiful!

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  • The story of the tortoises on...

    The story of the tortoises on Pinta Island is a prime and lamentable example of the man-inflicted irreparable damage to the Galápagos. By the late 19th century, ships no longer found it worthwhile to travel to the Galápagos since the tortoise populations had been heavily depleted. Small islands such as Pinta were the first and most easily hit by...

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  • Tortuga Bay is a bit of a walk...

    Tortuga Bay is a bit of a walk (you can take a cab to the bottom of the hill leading to the guard house) but well worth it to see a beautiful, pristine beach. If you surf, there are some great waves, but it is not a place for swimming. We ended up chasing all of the crabs on the beach. There are signs marking the way--not very accessible for those...

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  • THE GALAPAGOS HAWK -- Few...

    THE GALAPAGOS HAWK -- Few species of land birds inhabit the Galapagos and 22 of the 29 resident species are endemic to the Islands. Their presence in Galapagos is difficult to explain. They may have arrived by strong winds, although luck must have played a big part. For the most part, land birds are not exciting by appearance, they are rather dull...

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Galápagos Islands Hotels

  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel

    Barrio Punta Estrada S/N, Puerto Ayora, 00000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

    Puerto Villamil, Isabela Galapagos Islands, , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hostal Casa de Laura

    Before coming to San Cristóbal I had read in my guidebook about Hostal Casa de Laura and it seemed...

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  • La Casa Marita

    Isla Isabela, , Puerto Villamil, Galapagos

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Royal Palm Resort Hotel

    Via Baltra Km 18, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Pimampiro Hosteria

    Avenue Quito y Tulcan, , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge

    Via a la Loberia, Puerto Velasco Ibarra , Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

    Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Albemarle

    Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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