The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador and are situated in the Pacific Ocean about 605 miles west of northern South America. Discover and explore the spectacular biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands with Art In Voyage as we bring you the essential experience of the Islands. Wondering why visit the Galapagos Islands? Here, we talk about the diverse authenticity of the capital of Ecuador – Quito, Santa Cruz Island, San Cristobal Island, Espanol Island, Sante Fe Island, Baltra Island, and South Plaza Island.
The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito
A capital city high in the Andes, Quito is squeezed between mountain peaks whose greenery is concealed by the afternoon mist. Modern apartment buildings and modest concrete homes creep up the slopes, and busy commercial streets lined up with shops. The city becomes warm and relaxed, the traditional Ecuadorian Sierra culture overflows the market stands, shamanistic healers, fourth-generation hatmakers, mixes with a vibrant and sophisticated culinary and nightlife scene. The city’s crown jewel is the ‘Old Town,’ a UNESCO World Heritage, filled with colonial monuments and architectural treasures. The city is covered with handsomely restored blocks of 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas, and magnificently art-filled churches that pulses with everyday life. Travelers and locals alike, head to the gringolandia of Mariscal Sucre, an area filled with guesthouses, tour operators, multicultural restaurants, and vibrant bars.
Santa Cruz Island
The island of Santa Cruz has the largest and most developed town in the Galápagos; almost every visitor to the islands spends at least some time here. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier and can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts(bird), and whimbrels. Sea turtles also like to nest off this beach, if your lucky you might spot a mama turtle. On Santa Cruz Island you can go on beautiful hikes that take your breath away, relax on beaches as far as the eye can see, visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, explore pit craters, and learn about World War II remnants; it’s an island that will interest any traveler.
San Cristobal Island
Cerro Brujo is a pristine white-sand beach that is inhabited by brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies (marine bird), sea lions, and marine iguanas. Dolphins may also be seen in the waters around the island sometimes. For an underwater experience, snorkeling in the turquoise waters can be enjoyed. Kicker Rock is an excellent dive site where you will see large rays, turtles, hammerhead sharks, and, of course, an array of reef fish. One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. San Cristobal Island has the oldest permanent settlement in the Galapagos Islands. The reason for this island being settled the earliest was due to the freshwater availability on this island, which is limited elsewhere.
Santa Fe Island
Explore the highlights and the main attractions of Island, Santa Fe. Santa Fe, also called Barrington Island is named after the city in Spain and is located in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, closer to the southwest of Santa Cruz. This stunning and unique Island was formed by an uplift, rather than a volcanic eruption, giving the Island a relatively flat surface rather than the typical shape of the other islands. In this island, you find an endemic land iguana that lives only in this place, sea lions in a white sand beach resting waiting for pictures, they pose to your cameras. Board on the sailboat with Art In Voyage team and the Beyond III crew, cruise around the island and explore the lagoons and what Santa Fe has to offer.
The gateway to the Galapagos Islands; Baltra is also known as South Seymour, a small flat, rocky island located near the center of the Galapagos with an interesting history filled with generous wildlife that will greet you on your first encounter setting your foot on the Island. The most surprising aspect of visiting the island is the wildlife’s general ability to ignore or tolerate human visitors. Feel free to take snapshots of the wildlife and the rest the island has exquisite attractions.
In this Island, you will discover one of the giant tortoise species which was rescued from the brink of extinction and is now one of Galapagos greatest conservation success stories to share with island visitors. The quantity and variety of wildlife found on Española make its two visitors sites among the most popular and attractive of the archipelago. Because Española is one of the most isolated islands in Galapagos, it has a large number of endemic species — the Española mockingbird, the Española lava lizard, and the waved albatross. In Espanola, you definitely don’t want to miss one of the main visitor sites, Suarez Point. This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities, don’t miss it!