While on a Galapagos tour or an Antarctica cruise you can literally trip over the wildlife if you’re not paying attention. However, we can all use a little advice on spotting those elusive or skittish species. Having a great guide during your travels is always key, but here are a few other helpful tips to practice when on your wildlife adventure. 1. Get up early — turn in late. Dawn [...]
UPDATE Jan 9, 2012 – For both Aerogal and TAME flights, fuel surcharges can now be paid in advance to our offices. There will no longer be any payments made locally at the airport. Please see additional details in comments section below. All flights starting on January 1, 2012 to the Galapagos, will be subject to a fuel surcharge. It does not matter when the flights were booked, and applies [...]
Last month, the Galapagos National Park Service announced they are closing visitor access to two of the tortoise corrals at Santa Cruz’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise center — due to some irresponsible behaviors by, reportedly, both some select travelers and naturalist guides. Behaviors reported include littering and violating the park’s rules against touching and coming within two meters of the animals. It was also reported that visitors were observed walking on [...]
Like Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands were impacted by the tsunami that resulted from the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. In general, the impact on the islands is not severe, but there was significant flooding in some areas. One of the areas that suffered the most significant damage with the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz. The Marine Science labs flooded with several feet of water. [...]
Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration of the day’s holiday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite mother-daughter trip journals. Adventure Life staff member, Julia Kocubinski, and her mom, Sue, took a trip to Ecuador’s cloudforest, Quito, Banos, and the wildlife rich Galapagos Islands last November.
Metropolitan Touring recently sent us the following update about the volcanic eruption in Galapagos. For more incredible images of the volcanoe, check these links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=4514 http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=2690 http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14945 Personnel of the Galápagos National Park who over flew the volcano at Fernandina Island, inform that the activity continues, but with less intensity. They have observed lava flowing from three fissures, which forms a lava river of about 10 meters (30 feet) at [...]
The following article was written by Galapagos traveler M. Sparga. Thanks for the contribution! The first time I went to the Galapagos Islands, one of my traveling companions had his cap blow off into the sea while we took a dinghy from our cruise ship to one of the islands. Another tourist joked that we would probably run into a sea lion wearing the cap later that [...]