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What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:35 pm

Can anyone who has been to these islands advise whether they are a good visit and what there is to do ? How long an ideal stay would be, safety, and any other useful information.

Thanks.
 
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:42 pm

Never been, but you could always start here  

http://www.galapagosislands.com/index2.html
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:54 pm

Here's what the Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs has to say about the safety in Ecuador.
http://voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=78000

As for what you should do there... go scuba diving. The waters are colder than other areas but the marine life is just staggering. If you're not certified, do the class and take the dives in the Galapagos with Scuba Iguana. http://www.scubaiguana.com/html/diving_courses.html

Sorry about all the scuba stuff, but I work at a scuba shop and I'm used to selling diving  
 
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:09 pm

You get on a ship and cruise around the islands, stopping at each one. You can snorkel with the sea lions (they are very playful), marvel at how an animal as ugly as a sea iguana can be cute, dance with the boobies (blue and red-footed) and enjoy some nice, equatorial weather.
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:45 pm

Look into the Volcanoes Check out the Wild Life and Enjoy the Fact that only a Limited number of People are Allowed to Visit the Islands a year.
 
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:36 am

Quoting runway23 (Thread starter):
what there is to do ?

You can help destroy a pristine and unique environment!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7884581.stm

Quote:
Unbridled tourism is causing grave damage to the Galapagos Islands, the archipelago that inspired British naturalist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

  
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:35 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
You can snorkel with the sea lions (they are very playful)

Do that in California and you're Great White bait. I guess the islands don't have the same shark problem.
 
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:41 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 6):

Do that in California and you're Great White bait. I guess the islands don't have the same shark problem.

There are a few sharks, but no Great Whites that I know of.
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:13 pm

Quoting runway23 (Thread starter):
Can anyone who has been to these islands advise whether they are a good visit and what there is to do ? How long an ideal stay would be, safety, and any other useful information.

Thanks.

Invent a new theory
 
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:53 pm

Quoting flanker (Reply 8):
Invent a new theory

And muse about the fact that Darwin seems not to have recorded the source of the tortoises in terms of islands and relied on Gould for identification of the finches which Darwin had called blackbirds, "gross-beaks" and finches. He then spent 1846 to 1854 studying barnacles.

Still had Darwin not made it, Wallace certainly did.

http://darwinianconservatism.blogspo...com/2009/06/darwins-barnacles.html
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RE: What To Do At Galapagos Islands?

Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:05 pm

You´ll have a fantastic time, the islands are absolutely great (but rather expensive). Absolutely worth it.

In my case, I did not take a cruise through the islands. I stayed at Puerto Ayora and from there I took day trips to the islands. Once in Puerto Ayora (more centrally located than San Cristobal, you´ll probably be arriving at Baltra/ Puerto Ayora) go to a travel agency and they´ll schedule / book all the tours.

I also travelled and stayed two nights in Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil). I highly recommend it. There are scheduled boats that sells you tickets to Puerto Villamil from Puerto Ayora.

I was there for a week, and it was not enough time.

Enjoy your time in the Galápagos!

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