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Why planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is better with a travel agency than booking by your own?

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Disadvantage of planning a trip without a travel program:

  • Limited availability on tours and accommodation places.
  • Very expensive rates if there is no availability for the plans you wish to do.
  • Transfer airport –hotel- airport not included.
  • High prices in rated restaurants.
  • Language difficulty for service contracts.
  • Risk on a service purchase without any warranty.
  • Spend hours on the internet or hanging on the phone, looking for the best options.

Advantage of planning a trip with a travel program:

  • Vacation coordinated since the passengers arrive until they leave the Islands. You have a choice of excursions; you’ll be shown the most interesting attractions.
  • Transfer included.
  • Qualified staff for services.
  • Guaranteed accommodations.
  • Emergency number, for any help.
  • Booking good restaurants.

If you are looking the best tour to live an amazing experience in the Islands visit our website: http://www.galasam.com.ec
Reservations: info@galasam.com.ec

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GALAPAGOS VOLCANOES

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GALAPAGOS VOLCANOES

The Galapagos Islands located in the western Pacific are contoured of one of the most active hot points around of the world. Every few years Basaltic eruptions come up.
The consistencies of the lavas of the Galápagos shields are comparable to those of the Hawaiian volcanoes. They do not form the same volcanic “line” associated with most hotspots. How specifically the islands were created remains a geological mystery, although diverse theories have been declared. Since Charles Darwin’s renowned visit to the Galapagos in 1835, over 60 registered eruptions happened in the islands, from six different shield volcanoes of f the 21 emergent volcanoes, 13 are considered active; the most renowned are the following:
The Wolf Volcano placed at the Isabela Island, it’s the maximum peak in the Galapagos Island expand 1,707m (5,600 ft). It is a shield volcano with a particular characteristic of soup-bowl shape. The last eruption was on May 25, 2015, was inactive for 33 years. The volcano is located in an inhabitant area.
Cerro Azul is a shield volcano situated in the south western sector of Isabela Island and is one of the most dynamic in the Galapagos. Its last eruption was in May and June 2008. Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the southeastern end of Isabela Island that ascends to an elevation of 1124 m. It coalesces with the volcanoes Cerro Azul to the west and Alcedo to the north. The volcano is one of the most active in the Galapagos, with the most recent eruption beginning on 22 October 2005, and ending on 30 October 2005.
Alcedo Volcano is one of the six fusion shield volcanoes that fix up Isabela Island. Alcedo, like the other volcanoes in the Galapagos, has been structured as part of the Galapagos hotspot. The volcano is not on the direct way on the hotspot, which is presumed to be adjacent to the island of Fernandina to the western. Although it is still active, with its latest eruption in 1993. Due to the remoteness of Alcedo, historical eruptions are not well documented. An eruption happened between 1946 and 1960, as determined from the variation in photographs. Another eruption in 1954 is now believed to have taken place close to Sierra Negra. Even the 1993 eruption was not viewed at the time and only recorded after an expedition identifies new craters in 1995.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  The Galapagos Islands, are a little treasure located in the Pacific Ocean  1,000 km from the South American continent,  west to Ecuador.  These 20 volcanic islands and the enclosed marine reserve are known as the unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. This magic paradise offers diverse kinds of attractions involved with nature, from beautiful beaches, volcanoes, wildlife contact … Continue reading →

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Iguana´s Paradise

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The world renowned geologist Teodoro Wolf states that the iguana that abounds in South America is the last living representative of the dinosaur age that dates back millions of years ago. In the Enchanted Islands there are two types of iguanas: the marine and the terrestrial, both very distinctly different in size and general appearance.  Let’s take a look

The Galapagos marine iguana is an endemic variety that flourishes in the rocky areas of the island’s north and south. Scientifically known as Amblyrhynchus cristatus, this scaly reptile species is unique to say the least. This reptile has the ability to remain under water for 45 minutes, at a depths of 15 meters in search of fresh, green aquatic vegetation that is its primary source of food.. It is truly an amazing sight to admire this prehistoric creature sunning its self, or gorging on algae along the spectacular beaches that surround the islands.

Iguanas with their flat tails, long claws and three sharp teeth have the ability to attach themselves to the rocks and not be swept away by the tides and currents of the sea. Their bodies measure between 80 to 90 centimeters in length, and are covered from head to tail to protect themselves.  Perhaps this is how they were able to survive. Making them even more adaptable, they possess a smooth snout and dorsal fin allowing them to glide through the water like a fish making them even more elusive.

Marine iguanas have the ability to move blood away from their outer protective layer like a cold blooded fish to keep warm. And also has the ability to dramatically reduce its heart rate to conserve energy in a dormant state. They also possess the ability to separate salt from the ocean waters through a gland near their nose.

The land iguana starkly characterized by brilliant colors of yellow, red and brown tones is an entirely different looking cousin of the aquatic lizard. It has an entirely different preference for its’s diet. Cactus, Palo Santo leaves and plants of the insular area like algae and Muyu are among some of its favorites. Also in contrast, with lizard protects it’s self from foes by hiding in burrows they dig deeply in the arid desert like portions of the islands. Alarmingly, this land based variant’s numbers have been decreasing, but still flourish in Fernandina thanks to the tremendous conservation efforts.

The land based iguana being an endemic reptile, is more commonly seen in the arid environments of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Fernandina islands and Plaza.

The most colorful variations with brilliant colorations of reds and greens, reside in Española Island; however the largest of the land based are typically seen on Isabela and Fernandina Island, and for some reason their smaller cousins preferring Genovesa Island.

Manmade issues constantly pose a threat to both land and marine iguanas threating their numbers. That dwells on and off the water creates problems for them. Fishing nets can be deadly for the marine breed, while plastic water bottles, and other debree is a issue for the land based lizards.  Please keep this in mind during your visit, and help perserve this one of a kind creature.

Iguana´s Paradise

Iguana´s Paradise

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The preservation of Galapagos Island

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The preservation of Galapagos Island

The preservation of the environment is one of the issues that most attracts the attention for visitors and residents of Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Lately have been positive changes towards their maintenance, including the removal of alien species, limited number of people inside the islands, and the creation of important programs for the maintenance of this wonderful natural treasure that is provided with a number huge spectacular flora and fauna that make tourist fall in love as soon as the arrive to this paradise specially in cruises as Stella Maris.
However, it is worrying that the islands face a major threat to global biodiversity loss : invasive species. These species are the second leading cause of biodiversity loss on the planet and in the Galapagos have been the main cause of l extermination of entire populations of plants and animals.
Unsustainable use of natural resources, such as illegal fishing, especially lobsters , sharks and sea cucumbers to meet the demands of the Asian market, affecting the beautiful Ecuadorian islands. Similarly , human settlements exert great pressure on ecosystems . To this we must add the global climate change as responsible for the severity and occurrence of phenomena such as El Niño, which have a dramatic impact on the Archipelago and climate of the region in general.
Currently there project that aims to control selected in the Galapagos Islands introduced species as well as the sustainable development of local communities is developed.
Among the strategies developed for this purpose are creating a system that extracts selected introduced species on farms of farmers on private land, the construction of a small mobile plant to process plant materials; and the production and sale of a variety of organic products including handicrafts, essential oils, dyes, plant extracts, resins and herbs.
With the profits generated by these products organic crops are grown on farms providing farmers with a source of income, regrowth of problematic species is prevented; systems reforestation with native species increases; you educate communities about the problems faced by their environment, improving their ability to protect and conserve them. Also there are many programs to boost tourism fishing to catch fish and then return to their habitat.

In this regard several tourist companies as Galasam care about the ecosystem while respecting the environment. Thus when tourists visit the Galapagos Islands are aware of proper care and protection of natural species one of the most beautiful places are there in our planet and worth to know and love as the first sight.

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The preservation of Galapagos Island

The preservation of Galapagos Island

Carnival in Galapagos

All listen up: Carnival season is almost upon us. This popular festival season is celebrated around the world from Venice, Italy, Rio in Brazil and the infamous Mardi Grass in New Orleans. This grand festival is also celebrated in Latin America with a vengeance, and people flock to places like The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to celebrate Carnival Season surrounded … Continue reading →

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Carnival in Galapagos

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Charles Darwin station

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Charles Darwin Station

If you are wondering how the Galapagos Islands were named and its origin, the answer is very simple: from the tremendous amount of Galapagos turtles that inhabit the islands.

Scientists, volunteers and students from around the world flock to the islands to study about the majestic creature called the Galapagos turtle. Any trip to the Galapagos islands will certainly including watching this creatures in amazement, and what better way to learn about these magical islands including, the conservation efforts to preserve the islands, the issues threatening the eco-system all while having the opportunity these giant Tortoises in their natural setting.

If you choose to stay in Puerto Ayora, before casting off in your boat of choice, be sure to make time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you will gain an amazing education of the islands’ geography, eco-system, wild life, and climate as well as a up close and personal view of some of the most amazing wildlife that has made these islands the go to destination for some many wild life lovers.

CharlesDarwin Research Centre is located on Santa Cruz (a very cool and one of kind destination).  The research center is a foundation and driving force of the conservation, environmental and biodiversity efforts to maintain the islands in their pristine state.  The research center plays a crucial role educating the public the role all must play in the conservation efforts of this one of a kind destination

Another of the research center’s efforts is to collect some of the tortoise eggs and raise them until they are large enough to survive own their own. Evasive creatures such as dogs and rodents, brought ashore from mankind, pose a threat to the young turtles, and the research centers efforts insure a viable future for the turtles inhabiting the islands. While visiting the research center, you can see the baby turtles being raised before being released in the wild. Also, large orphaned pet are adopted by the agency, and set free to roam the islands. Once released, the animals are tracked by the research center to monitor their activities for research purposes providing additional knowledge required to ensure the longevity of the wild life here.

I highly recommend a visit to the research center. It offers viewing of some of the most spectacular wild life on the planet without the zoo like feeling.

At the end of the tour, don’t forget you’ll have some fantastic photography opportunities where you can pose with some of the gentle giants.  This is the place to come to get up close and personal with a giant tortoise and to pose for that classic photo of a lifetime.

If you closely, you may notice that the tortoise has a number etched into its carapace. I have seen people going around checking tortoises’ numbers to find their lucky to take a photo of themselves with the lucky numbered turtle. I’ve already got plenty of pictures of myself, so I’m giving the next opportunity to take the next photo with some lucky and sexy turtle.

The most notably and popular turtle in the world was Lonesome George, the last giant turtle species who lived 130 years, but unfortunately he pasted away two years ago. Poor George!

  

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Packing to the island

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Gucci Bikini to Galapagos
Due to the tropical environment of the Galapagos island
in Ecuador,  informal attire is most common for visitors
and residents alike. Casual or sport clothing in cotton and other light fabrics
are the rule during the day.
 Depending on your preferences, you can still
opt for the latest fashions but keep in mind; these are tropical islands with a
tropical and humid environment.
Jeans, shorts, Polo tee shirts, sandals,
sneakers and boat shoes are norm and are perfectly acceptable at most
establishments. While Gucci bikinis, or other swimwear are
perfect for the beach or for a refreshing sail on the crystal blue ocean that
surrounds the landscape, but  it’s best
to the swimwear at the beach, and cover up a little more while walking through
town.
In the evenings, women tend to kick it up a
bit opting for a little more formal attire when visiting the restaurants or
clubs.  As for the men, ties and jackets
are rarely seen.  Dress pants such as
Dockers with a nice shirt are perfectly acceptable.  Go Tommy Bahama!

 

Shirts, tops & dresses for women, fresh tunics & dresses
for casual dinners and the beach. Jumpsuits, shorts & pants for running
around town.
 Topless swimming is not a common practice at
pools and beaches and may be frowned upon at some locations.  It’s better to check with the facility first,
or keep this activity for more remote locations.
 A Panama hat, Tom Ford
sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended during the day for protection from the
abundant sunshine you’ll enjoy.
 

 

Consideration for when you’re ready to
pack: 
1. A 110-220 voltage converter and a plug adapter for appliances if needed.
Depending on where you’re planning to stay, this may come in handy.
2. The Essentials (see above) plus your
clothing, phone, toiletries, swimsuit, and lots of sunscreen.

 

3. A camera with a lot of memory storage for taking all the memorable photos
during your stay at this tropical island oasis..
4. A Spanish pocket dictionary with some
common phrases.  Or you can do like me, and meet a beauty lovely Latina to teach you.

 

5. Mosquito repellent.
6. More sunscreen, lip balm and your
favorite tanning lotion.
7.
Sunglasses and nice hat.
8. Sandals & sneakers.

 

9. Binoculars.
Travel
trip

 

If you check all of your luggage with an airline, there is a small possibility
of delays or being lost.  You wouldn’t
want something like that to prevent you from enjoying a trip of a life time, so
experienced travelers keep their essential items in a carry-on bag. Travel as
lightly as possible and always with a good travel agency like Galasam
Check with your airline for maximum sizes, weights and restrictions, and enjoy
this amazing tropical paradise.
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Exploring the Pacific Ocean

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Queen Of Galapagos
Imagine spending a spectacular week sailing the warm waters of The Galapagos Islands
a genuine jewel of Ecuador. Imagine watching nature in their natural and
pristine environment; indulging yourself in a tranquil cruise surrounded by the
blue waters and islands of this tropical paradise. It’s all possible here in
this one of a kind tropical oasis. There are many options to choose from to
plan your dream getaway depending on your tastes, and your budget. Let´s
explore some options…

 

The Queen ofGalapagos

The ultimate
luxury vessel designed to give you the privacy and ambiance as if it were your
own personal luxury yacht, giving you the feeling of a sultan of the seas. All
the luxuries you expect are built in to enjoy the most spectacular vacation in
the ecuadorian paradise. 
 
A perfect collection of shore excursions tailored
precisely to your desires. E
njoy meals prepared by a premier
international chef and served in an intimate, impeccable style along with a
superb collection of fine wines or other top shelve beverages of your liking.
 
The Majestic of Galapagos is a yacht full of comfort and elegance, featuring 9 double
cabins with all the comforts to make your vacation an unforgettable and magical
experience with all the privacy you expect.
 
From the indulgent luxury of your own suite, to your
favorite spot on the deck bathing in a large Jacuzzi where you can  enjoy a glass of champagne  while working on your tan watching wild
turtles, dolphins and marine iguanas that will surround you.
But if you feel like ditching the luxury for some
adventure, the options are endless, like sailing on the crystal clear waters of
the Pacific Ocean, or the exhilarating feeling on board the catamaran Darwin, suitable and seaworthy for families and adventurous enough for the
adults.
 Walking on the
mystic lavas, jogging along the spectacular beaches, snorkeling, diving,
swimming in the ocean with the abundant sea lions, watching the penguins frolic
or just lying on the sandy beaches admiring the wildlife of the Galapagos
Island
s enjoying the most adventurous vacation of your life.
 
You may also want to consider some time on The Lonesome George, a charming catamaran design to explore The Galapagos on a budget
with all the scenery of the more expensive options.  It’s perfect for the family on a budget.
 

 

The choices are
unlimited  ailing in The Galapagos. All
you need is Ecuador. All you need to do is contact the most capable and
experienced travel agency serving the Galapagos, contact Galasam they
are the best.
 
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