The world’s biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil’s Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world’s tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

Featured Tours

Ride from Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley to the shores of Lake Titicaca  On this tour we cycle between some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations; from the truly spectacular mountain top city of Machu Picchu and the high altitude plains of the Altiplano to Cusco, the buzzing capital of the ancient Inca Empire. Pedalling past impressive Inca …

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Complete the famous W-Trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine N.P., and walk amidst spectacular scenery in Argentina’s Fitzroy region. Experience breathtaking landscapes within two classic Patagonian trekking regions on both sides of the Chile/Argentina border. Challenging walks are rewarded with majestic views of lagoons, mountains and glaciers. See guanacos grazing and Andean condors circling overhead, visit the spectacular Perito Moreno …

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Get up close to the striking granite Towers of Paine From the arid Atacama Desert in the north to the glacial landscape of Torres del Paine National Park in the south, Chile is an incredible destination for trekking. Walk on volcanic slopes, past glistening salt lakes and alongside remote, cactus-lined canyons. In Patagonia, where icy waters flow from dramatic mountain …

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From high altitude volcanoes to lost cities in the jungle and colonial cities, we uncover Colombia’s amazing diversity. Ranging from the high Andes to the Caribbean Sea, Colombia offers an incredible array of landscapes and ecosystems. Based around two very distinct areas we uncover the country’s natural beauty as we trek through the remote mountains of Los Nevados National Park …

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Ecuador’s coastline and the heart of the Amazon Isla de La Plata is widely known as mainland Ecuador’s ‘little Galapagos’. This stretch of coastline harbours many of the same wildlife species that you’ll find in the Galapagos, but without the crowds. In season the warm coastal waters become a breeding ground for Humpback whales with their impressive behaviour. Further inland, …

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The enchanted world of the Galapagos Islands by catamaran The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you if you travel on board the Nemo II, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran. An enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise …

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Experience the enchanted world of the Galapagos Islands by Catamaran The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you if you travel on board the Nemo II, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran. An enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and …

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Why not extend your trip? Spend three nights in a lodge in the Tambopata Reserve exploring the Amazon Rainforest and its waterways. Easily accessible via a short flight from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a riverside lodge in the …

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Why not extend your trip? Spend three nights in a lodge in the Tambopata Reserve exploring the Amazon Rainforest and its waterways. Easily accessible via a short flight from Lima, the Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a riverside lodge in the …

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Ecuador’s contrasting ecosystems, from the Amazon jungle to the Galapagos archipelago Spend a week up high and down low in the Amazon jungle, looking for Giant otters, sloth, monkeys, caiman and many colourful species of bird. By contrast, the volcanic islands of the Galapagos offer a very different encounter: sea lions scatter the beaches, fearless marine iguanas find camouflage on …

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Regions

About the City

The city is geographically contained inside the province of Buenos Aires, but it is politically autonomous. The city extends on a plain covering 19.4 km (12 mi) from north to south and 17.9 km (11 mi) from east to west. Buenos Aires constantly receives tourists from all over the world and offers a large choice of cultural events, nightlife, restaurants, and pubs. So you can expect good services and a wide range of options.

It is a gateway to both Paraguay and Argentina, and home of the famous Iguaçu Falls. Together with the cities of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), it forms one the largest cultural tourism poles in South America.

Islands

Islands

The landscape of the islands is relatively barren and volcanic, but beautiful nonetheless. The highest mountain amongst the islands is Volcán Wolf on Isla Isabela, 1707 m (5600ft) high. The Galápagos were claimed by newly-independent Ecuador in 1832, a mere three years before Darwin’s visit on the Beagle. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the islands were inhabited by very few settlers and were used as a penal colony, the last closing in 1959 when the islands were declared a national park. Strict controls on tourist access are maintained in an effort to protect the natural habitats and all visitors must be accompanied by a national park-certified naturalist tour guide.

Climate

The Galapagos Islands have a highly variable climate, as does Ecuador’s mainland. There are two seasons in the islands: the hot/rainy season, from December to June, when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s F (26°-30° C). There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally warm and sunny.

Colorful Crab

Colorful Crab

From June to November, you can expect cool winds, occasionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called “garúa.” Temperatures average in the 70s F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

Each month brings unique climate variations and wildlife viewing opportunities. Peak season for naturalist tours is typically December through May when the seas are the calmest and the weather the warmest. However summer months June, July and August are also very popular as the animals are more active. September through November is typically low season when most boats will leave the islands for dry dock. For divers peak season is from July – November when whale sharks can be found at Wolf & Darwin.

How to get there

Visiting the Galapagos is not cheap, owing to travel restrictions and the remote nature of the archipelago. The only way to get in the islands from the main land is by plane from Guayaquil or Quito airports. Flights travel to the Galapagos in the morning and return in the afternoon, typically requiring a forced overnight on the continent in each direction.

By plane
Diving and Exploring

Diving and Exploring

From an aircraft flying out of Baltra Island (on the right) and the Santa Cruz(on the left), the Itabaca Channel is the waterway in the middle where water taxis take people in between and to waiting boats off shore waiting for multi day cruises.
Flights to the Galapagos are relatively easy to arrange and depart from Quito and Guayaquil on a daily basis for the Isla Baltra Airport, about two hours by public transport from Puerto Ayora, the main settlement of the Galapagos, on the central island of Santa Cruz. There are also daily flights to San Cristóbal. The airport is a 20 minute walk from the center of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

By boat

Private yachts can arrive into any of the 5 ports in Galapagos while in transit and remain at that port for a maximum of 21 days. Boats wishing to visit more than one site or cruise the islands may do so but only by special permit from the national park and by working with a licensed yacht agency. There are cargo boats that travel to the Galapagos each week. However these boats are not allowed to take travelers on board.

Excursions

  • Bueno Maria Travel – 2 Galapagos cruise boats, that offer from 4 up to 15 days cruises in the Galapagos , they are 100% Galapagos locals and have been offering Galapagos tours since the early 1960´s.
  • Imagine Galapagos – A tour Operator and Travel Agency with German-Ecuadorian management offering Galapagos Islands Cruises and Tours, Galapagos Last Minute Deals, Budget and Economic Galapagos Cruises and Tours, Galapagos Island Hopping, Galapagos Land Based Tours, Flights and Hotel Reservations in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Galapagos Sailing – Connects you directly with the ship owners. It displays constantly updated last minute deals (within 90 days of the sailing date) with a variety of ships. Find your ideal cruise, and contact the owner directly for bookings or for further questions. Negotiate prices directly with the ship owner.
  • Fargona Cruises – 3 Galapagos cruises, Millennium, Estrella de Mar I and II, with 4 to 8 days itinerary in Galapagos islands. Prices start at $150 per day.
  • The Waters Tours – Good rates for Galapagos cruises on a yacht (First Class) with 5, 6, and even 7 days itinerary in Galapagos Islands.

Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Galapagos_Islands