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.

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Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran This 8-day itinerary aboard the Archipel I catamaran combines the seabird colonies of North Seymour and the exclusive Genovesa Island with the spectacular volcanic islands Bartolome and Charles Darwin Research Station. Moreover, explore Española, the most southern point of the archipel and swim with Sea lions in the Loberia, on Isla …

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Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran This 8 day south-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel I gives an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islandsby combining the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the most southern points of the archipelago. It also gives the chance to snorkel with Sea lions in the Loberia and visit the …

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Spectacled bears of northern Peru, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and fun filled Cuzco  Venture into dry forests of northern Peru and spend two days exploring Chaparri – the site of Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears. The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco is brimming with Spanish churches and Inca fortresses just waiting to be explored – here …

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Spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Darwin The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a small group of true nature enthusiasts. Our group size of just 32 aboard the Evolution ensures you enjoy ample time and attention as you explore. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the …

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No need to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the Galapagos The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a small group of true nature enthusiasts. Our group size of just 32 aboard the Evolution ensures you enjoy ample time and attention as you explore. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to …

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Voyage into the world’s largest river basin and explore the Peruvian Amazon The Amazon: one of the wildest, most remote corners of Earth. For those drawn to the natural beauty of our planet it’s the ultimate adventure, which is why we’re so excited to announce our new eco-cruise along the “River of Life.” Voyage into the world’s largest river basin, …

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Cycle two South American countries Key information 12 nights hotels all en suite 10 days cycling with full vehicle support  80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks Routes mainly follow quiet roads Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs Activities 12 nights hotels all en suite 10 days cycling with full vehicle support  80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks Routes …

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Travel three South American countries from Uruguay to Brazil Starting in the vibrant city of Montevideo and ending in bustling Rio de Janeiro, this trip also includes the tango capital of the world, Buenos Aires and a visit to the largest waterfall system in the world, the Iguazu Falls. During this 2 week trip you will have the opportunity to …

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Witness the solar eclipse in Argentina in 2020 Witnessing a total solar eclipse is an incredible experience, however to do so in the South American country of Argentina is phenomenal. This rare celestial event occurs only when a New Moon crosses the Sun as we see it, throwing a Moon-shadow onto the planet. It is a memorable, emotive and moving …

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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. Travel on board the Nemo III, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran, and explore this enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and …

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Regions

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Buenos Aires

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

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