Exploring Galapagos post-pandemic: Five things you should know

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As the world steps closer to normalcy and travel and tourism destinations open once again, travelers are once again looking at the best places to visit and experience. There is no denying the fact that the pandemic and the subsequent restrictions in travel schedules, vaccination worries, and national social restrictions ensured that all of us have to safely tuck away our feelings of wanderlust!

If you are looking to embark on a new adventure to one of the best natural destinations in the world, you should check out Galapagos. The tiny island nation that is comprised of 19 small islands is a nature lover’s paradise.

In this article, we are going to look at five important things you need to know before you visit Galapagos. However, before we get to the list, let us first look at understanding more about Galapagos and why it is such an attractive tourist destination.

Galapagos: A truly bucket list destination
If you have always wanted to get up close with sea lions and giant tortoises, you will love Galapagos. The islands are located off the coast of Ecuador and are 19 in number.

Specifically, the archipelago is situated nearly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The land, as well as the sea surrounding the islands, has been protected as a World Heritage Site.

It also served, as we have already mentioned as the backdrop of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The best part about the Galapagos archipelago is that each island is different.

This means that while on some islands you are likely to find acres of barren black lands, others are characterized by white sandy beaches.

If you are lucky enough to visit Galapagos, you will be greeted by the emerald or gemstone green waters!

*  The destination is perfect for travelers that are fond of natural flora and fauna
It is quite remote and you do not have to contend with millions of others
*  The best way to visit the archipelago is through cruise ships
Galapagos has beaches, volcanoes, and barren lands that continue for miles

List of five things you should know about Galapagos before visiting
1. Cruises are the best way to explore the islands
You need to understand that Galapagos is an archipelago of 19 islands. This means that the best and most comprehensive way to make your way to each island is through cruises. We are not talking about gigantic ships that have a hundred rooms. No, we are referring to smaller vessels like the ones that are offered by Voyagers.travel to explore Galapagos.

2. Figure out which islands you would like to visit on the travel
While 19 islands might sound less, they are in fact huge making it impossible to experience it all on a week-long cruise. However, you should make it a point to visit Espanola Island, Fernandina Island, Genovesa Island, and Darwin Islands. This will help you cover the best attractions that Galapagos has to offer. You will get natural beauty as well as wildlife.

3. Have in mind which animals you would like to interact with
First things first. We are talking about animals in their habitat. This means that maintaining a safe distance from sea lions, tortoises, and iguanas is always recommended. If you are a bird lover, you will surely catch the Albatross, Red-Footed Booby, and the Flightless Cormorant. Make sure that you are not disturbing the animals and birds in their natural habitat.

4. Understand which are the best months to visit the Galapagos islands
According to the experts, it depends on what you are looking at. In other words, you can visit Galapagos all through the year. Warm months start from December to May. Peak tourist seasons start from June and carry on well into the last weeks of August. If you want to catch a lot of animals, you should plan your travel between December and January (mating season).

5. Plan a trip to the Galapagos for at least one whole week
We are talking about 19 islands! Even if you plan to visit at least six of them, you should be looking to spend a minimum of at least seven days in Galapagos. This will help you explore the island and check out animals and the exciting scenic beauty that the island has to offer. If you are willing to stay longer, you can look at 10-day cruise ship itineraries.

The bottom line
There is a reason why Galapagos finds a place in the list of bucket destinations for travelers and explorers alike. When you visit the islands, you will understand how far we have come in terms of our evolution. The birds and animals that you are likely to sight on the islands will hardly be found in any part of the world. If you have any questions on how to book the best cruise tours to visit Galapagos, please let us know in the comments section below.

Source: https://www.traveldailynews.com

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