Saturday, July 30, 2016

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm Hotel includes all the attractions that a smart tourist is looking for. Located on Santa Cruz Island in the middle of 500 acres of lush tropical forest, in an exclusive place for those who love nature and privacy. If you stay at the Royal Palm Hotel you will experience the beauty of the Galapagos archipelago with the luxuries and facilities of one of the first hotels in Galapagos. The hotel offers a variety of activities and spaces to relax.

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Royal Palm Hotel in Galapagos Islands


The hotel has a total of 17 rooms and suites, Royal Palm Hotel combine compelling and dynamic elements of the Galapagos Islands. They feature unique style offering spectacular and breathtaking landscapes of sunrises and sunsets. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, Internet access, direct dial telephone, telephone, fax, DVD & CD player, and minibar.


The Royal Palm Hotel include the following facilities

  • An outdoor pool 
  • A tennis court 
  • An impressive lava tunnels within the establishment.
  • Elegant rooms in Seymour, Galapagos Islands. 
  • A gym 
  • Free bicycles to explore the area.
  • Air conditioning
  • Flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. 
  • Some rooms have fireplaces, four-poster bed and dark wood furnishings bright.
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Royal Palm Hotel in Santa Cruz Island
Tortuga Bay Beach is 23 km from Royal Palm Hotel. In the tour desk offer advice for visiting the area. Daily American breakfast is served in the bar, equipped with a central fireplace and a piano and elegantly decorated.The hotel is 5 minutes drive from the Via Baltra road. Shuttles to Baltra Airport, located 18 km away.This property also has very good score for the best value in Bellavista. They are constantly looking for other ways they can minimize the impact on the environment.

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Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
ZIP Code: 200106.
Phone: + 593-5-252-4770 / 1

Traveler´s Choice Awards
Traveler´s Choice Awards

Royal Palm Hotel received the Travelers' Choice 2016

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Charles Darwin Galapagos

Charles Darwin was born on February 12 of 1809 and died on April 19 of 1882, was an English naturalist who postulated that all living beings have evolved over time from common ancestors through a process called natural selection. The evolution was accepted as fact by the scientific community and much of the public life of Darwin, while his theory of evolution by natural selection was not considered as the primary explanation of the evolutionary process until the 1930s currently constitutes the basis of modern evolutionary synthesis. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discoveries still remain the founding act of biology as a science, since they constitute a logical explanation that unifies observations about the diversity of life.

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Charles Darwin - Galapagos Islands
The most important work that he published was  " On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection", in 1859, established that the explanation of the diversity found in nature is due to accumulated by evolution over successive modifications generations. He wrote about the human evolution and natural selection in his book "The Descent of Man and selection in relation to sex" and later in the expression of emotions in animals and in man. He also devoted a number of publications to his research in botany, and his latest work addressed the issue of terrestrial worms and their effects on the formation of suelo. Two weeks before he died he published his last work on a tiny bivalve found in the legs of a water beetle in the English Midlands.

Charles Darwin History in Galapagos Islands

Galapagos waters are see at the distance, the island of San Cristobal is the place where they saw a young English approaching to one of the most beautiful places on Earth: The Galapagos Islands. For a period of five weeks the HMS Beagle ship sailed the waters of Galapagos under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy. Its mission was to: investigate isolated places hardly visited by navigators. This list of places including Cape Horn, Australia and New Zealand, Galapagos, Tahiti and others.

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HMS Beagle 
The young Charles Darwin spent only two weeks on the ground and it was enough time for him to glimpse what it meant Natural Selection. He didn´t know then that it would take him almost 25 years after his visit to the Galapagos Islands to published his book "On the Origin of Species". After this, the way the scientists thought  changed forever, because Darwin principles now dominate virtually in almost every field of study. Researching the history of Charles Darwin we found an interesting story in the Bay Cove on Isabela Island on 1835:

“The archipelago is a little world within itself, or rather a satellite attached to America, whence it has derived a few stray colonists, and has received the general character of its indigenous population.”

The HMS Beagle sailed from the Galapagos Islands after dark dusk on 20 October 1835. In  2009 we  commemorated 174 anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands. Indeed, this anniversary commemorates the voyage that brought Darwin to what would later become his greatest source of inspiration, and evolutionary evidence. For such a young naturalist like Darwin, some of the most amazing experiences were felt throughout his journey aboard the Beagle. Analyzing the history of Charles Darwin, we can see that his writings were so powerful and how much influence had the Galapagos in it´s future work.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

San Cristobal Island

San Cristobal Island is the second easternmost island in the archipelago, also known as Chatham. It is the capital of the province of Galapagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, located southwest of the island. Here we find the administration offices and the best shipping port; as one of the two airports on the Galapagos Islands. San Cristobal has hotels infrastructures, restaurants and suitable to enjoy a relaxing trip bars in the middle of a natural paradise, a place where wild inhospitable places of volcanic rocks with seabeds of extraordinary beauty.

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San Cristobal Island - Galapagos Islands
San Cristobal has a total area of ​​55,800 hectares or 558 km2, of which 85% is National Park area and the rest belongs to the urban and rural areas. His name is in honor of Christopher Columbus. It is one of the five inhabited islands of the archipelago, ranking second in human population after Santa Cruz. Also one of the oldest in the geological formation. It has beautiful white beaches and coral conchilla, whose blue waters much of the wonderful species that dwell in the archipelago is discovered. Large colorful birds and sea lions are found in almost everywhere in this island. San Cristobal has become famous for its big waves. Here it is possible to make surfing and diving.

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Surfing in Galapagos Islands

We offer a 5-day pack to visit this amazing island that includes:

4 nights accommodation
Complete feeding
Transfers Airport - Hotel
Visits as detailed itinerary
Daily support and assistance to passengers
Certified bilingual guides
Snorkeling equipment

Use sunscreen
Apply anti-mosquito lotion.

Tour information

Days of vacation: 5 days
Price: $769
Restriction: Price applies to Ecuatorianos, Foreign $ 905
What includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transportation, Accommodation, Guide, complete Transfer, Security
Not included: What is not mentioned in the Tour
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Galapagos Sea Lion

Sea lions are endemic animals from the Galapagos Islands. The local population now has around 50,000 individuals, they are adapted to their style semi-aquatic life. They can be seen along the sandy and rocky beaches of the islands.

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Galapagos sea lion
The endemic Galapagos Sea Lion is a subspecies of the California sea lion. It is characterized by its fin-shaped limbs and spend most of the year at sea. Like seals, they differ from these because their hatchlings  have a much slower growth, staying up to two years with their mothers. Males have long hair head, feature not present in females, which makes them very similar to the seals.

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Sea Lion - Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos sea lion is also known as "wolf of one hair" because the length of its coat is uniform throughout the body. A male sea lion can weigh up to 250 kilograms (551,15 lb). When they are wet, both sexes are dark brown, and when it dries their skin is often a lighter color. Mating season is usually from July to December.

The sea lion fights with other males for control of the territory and the breeding colony is located there. There are several breeding groups present in each breeding colony. These include males, females, young and hatchlings . Females are known to move between the territories if they find unsuitable for breeding dominant male. The females have their young each year. Females wean their babies past 11 or 12 months, but some suckle their young one year old with newborns. Galapagos sea lions are always playing with each other or with other animals.

Important data

Scientific name: Galapagos sea lion
Class: Mammalia
Family: Otariidae
Size: 150 - 250 cms (4.9-8.2 ft)
Weight: 50 - 400 kgs (110.2-881.8 lb)
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Galapagos Island Tours

Galapagos Tour

In this 5-day  Galapagos tour we offer a walk through the Santa Cruz Islands, Bartolome, Seymour, Plazas and Isabela, in which you will look closely at the amazing life of the islands, while sailing the waters of the Pacific,  snorkeling, walking or simply beachfront stops to be astonished by the wonder you have before your eyes.

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Galapagos Islands Tours

Day 1: Galapagos

From the airport of Guayaquil, we depart to Baltra Island. Upon arrival, we meet the entry requirements: pay the entrance to the National Park and spend the baggage for a review, which will be verified that no plant or animal was introduced. Our guide will welcome us, you will board a bus, transfer to Itabaca channel, where we will take a boat to cross the channel to the Santa Cruz island. On the other side, a bus will be waiting for us to move to Puerto Ayora. We will visit the reservation "El Chato", at the top of the Santa Cruz island . Here we have the opportunity to observe giant tortoises and the vegetation in this area.

Accommodation: At the selected hotel
Food: Lunch

Day 2: Navigable Tour to Bartolome Island / North Seymour or Plazas 

(You have to choose one of the options for day 2)

Bartolome Island

Departure: Bus, 6:00. The trip lasts 40 minutes by bus from the hotel to the channel Itabaca, where we board a boat for a trip of 1 hour at Bartolome.

We start with a breakfast on the ship during the trip to the island and a brief introductory talk by a certified bilingual guide. On the arrival at Bartholome, we will make a landing and walk 40 minutes to the summit of the island, from where we enjoy a spectacular view and take panoramic pictures of the surrounding islands. The trail leads us through a landscape of lava that shows the origin of the archipelago. After the walk, on the boat we serve lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we will make snorkel in a small sandy covered beach, where we will observe Galapagos penguins, numerous varieties of colorful reef fish, sea turtles and several stripes. During the trip back to the Itabaca channel , we take a light snack. Arriving in Santa Cruz, the bus will take us back to the hotel.

Return: 17:00

North Seymour Island
Departure: 08:00. The trip lasts 40 minutes by bus from the hotel to the channel Itabaca, where we board a boat for a trip of 20 minutes at North Seymour Island.

The tour begins with a guided tour along a path of about 2.5 km, through iguanas nesting sites, and one of the largest colonies of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies. We will also see sea lions, land and marine iguanas, lava lizards and pelicans. At the end of the walk on land we will go back to the boat for a hot lunch and refreshments, before traveling to "Las Bachas" beach on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island for snorkeling or take a relaxing stroll along the beach. During the snorkeling we will see many colorful reef fish, rays, sharks and turtles.

Return: 16:00 approximately, depending on sea conditions.

Plazas Island

Departure: 08:00. The trip lasts 40 minutes by bus and 30 minutes by boat to the Plazas island.

Once on the island, we will follow a path through a forest of cactus, some of which reach heights of 10 meters (32, 8 feet). In this forest sometimes is difficult to walk because of the large amount of land iguanas that inhabit the island and feed on cactus flowers. Walking through a path of 10 km (6,2 miles) along the top of the cliff, we will observe colonies of sea lions, and nests of swallow-tailed gulls and other species. This is an excellent point to take pictures of a variety of seabirds. Lunch is served on the boat before returning to Punta Carrion, near the Itabaca channel, where we will snorkeling with sea lions and sharks.

Return: Approximately 16:30, depending on sea conditions.

Day 3: Tortuga Bay - Transfer to Isabela Island

After breakfast at the hotel, we walk to Tortuga Bay beach, where we will stay all morning. Here we will observe numerous marine iguanas resting on the sand, and enjoy a delicious climate and spectacular landscapes. In addition, at this beach you can do snorkeling. Return to hotel and lunch. At 14:00 we will go by speedboat to the Isabela island. Arriving in Isabela, we will go to "Casa de Marita" and then take a bike to explore the mangroves and the Wall of Tears, which was built by prisoners when Isabela was a penal colony. During the trip we will see iguanas and tortoises.

Accommodation at hotel
Food: Breakfast

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Tortuga Bay Beach in Galapagos

Day 4: Exploration in Isabela Island

During the morning we visit the highlands of Isabela where we will ascend the Sierra Negra volcano, the caldera is the world's second largest of its kind and offers breathtaking scenery. Then we continue  walking to the Chico volcano. In the afternoon, visit the The Tintoreras islet to see reef sharks white tip, little penguins, blue-footed boobies, iguanas and other species. Then we return to the hotel.

Accommodation at hotel
Food: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Isabela Island - Santa Cruz Island

In the morning (06:00) will take the boat back from Isabela to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz will visit the Charles Darwin Station, where many studies have been conducted  for conservation of the different species of turtles in Galapagos. Then we will move from Santa Cruz to Baltra Airport to take the flight back home.

Prices 5-day Galapagos Tour


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Saturday, July 16, 2016


Galapagos Islands

The Galapogos Islands are truly unique in the world. All islands of this archipelago are wonderful and mysterious. Galapagos is known for its numerous endemic species and the studies of Charles Darwin that led him to establish his theory of evolution. This extraordinary natural laboratory was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They are located in the Pacific Ocean. They are about a six hundred miles to the west of Ecuador, a country that is located to the northwest of South America.  Centuries ago the islands were used as a refugee for filibusters and pirates, today is the paradise of tourists and scientists .The name of these islands is owed to one of the species that inhabit the place: the giant Galapagos turtle.

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Travel

Visit the living museum of evolutionary changes in the world and learn about the variety of native species of this exotic archipelago. The Galapagos are the perfect place to understand the evolution changes that have given a new perspective of life on the planet. Among the various animals that exist in Galapagos, we find: the giant tortoises, a variety of birds such as blue-footed, red-footed, flamingos, frigatas, albatrosses and little penguins, galapagos finches among others. We find around 14 different species of boobies which served Charles Darwin as an evidence for his theory of evolution by natural selection. Also there is an incredible variety of marine life such as sea lions, dolphins, whales and thousands of multicolored fish. 

The Galapagos have a high percentage of endemic species. The biggest problem affecting the biodiversity of the islands are the introduced species of plants and animals, they are a major threat to the species endemic to the Galapagos. Therefore strict control is required at the entrance of the park. The Galapagos Archipelago or Colon is considered a Natural World Heritage Site. It is a sanctuary of ancient species that were stopped in time and space, and that the mid-19th century to be visited by Charles Darwin, inspired his Theory of Evolution of Species.

This area presents extraordinary biological characteristics, mainly due to ocean currents from tropical and subtropical regions converge on the islands, bringing animals from the Pacific and part of the Indo-Pacific, creating a rich biodiversity and producing both a privacy curtain genetic. The temperatures of these streams also contribute to the variety of marine ecosystems. Therefore there is a 23% endemism and is also the only refuge for endangered species of reptiles and marine mammals, like turtles and whales which find in the Archipelago its main breeding.

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Galapagos Cruises

Nature and Cultural Tourism

The Enchanted Islands are also the birthplace of the Theory of the Origin of Species Charles Darwin, who visited them in 1835. Today the islands contain one of the world's most active volcanic groups. Tourism to the Galapagos Islands has increased since 1970 and the number of tourists has been growing strongly due to high demand. This islands emerged about six million years ago and are of volcanic origin, they have elevations with large craters, some still are in activity. Its geographical location becomes interesting for those who visit both islands and sea: white and radiant beaches, dark and solid basaltic rocks. Here you can enjoy rare landscapes, clear waters, trails suitable for recreational or research and underwater sports walks. The Galapagos are world famous as an ideal place for snorkeling and diving. The Galapagos National Park belongs to the province of the same name, has 13 islands and more than 40 islets or rocks in which countless animal and plant species lives.

Adventure Tourism

In Galapagos you can do kayaking, surfing, diving into the depths, cycling and snorkel. And all these exciting activities are developed in a safe environment and surrounded by unique landscapes.

In the Galapagos Islands have two airports: The first is in San Cristobal Island and the other on the island of Baltra arrives where most tourists to visit and explore the enchanted islands. Most visitors come by cruise scheduled 4, 5 or 8 days in economic yachts, tourists or tourist superior, with the comfort they deserve visitors.

Galapagos Cruises

The best way to enjoy and discover the Enchanted Islands is staying in cruises and travel by boat to each island so you can meet even the most remote. A naturalist guide always travels on cruise ships.

Galapagos Weather

The warm and wet season lasts from January to June. The cold, hard dry from July to December and brings colder water temperatures season, so remember to bring your wetsuit. The Galapagos archipelago is located on both sides of the equator, about 970 km (600 miles) west of continental Ecuador.

Galapagos Tours

Because of the thousands of tourists that the islands received every day we have a great variety of luxurious hotels that offers many tours around the islands. There are from really basic and cheap tours to more complete and expensive tours. If you don´t want to go to a hotel you have another choice that are the cruise, that offers the possibility of traveling more and visit many islands as you want.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Galapagos Island Map

Map of Galapagos Island

The Galapagos archipelago, located 563 miles from Ecuador, consists of 13 large islands, 6 small and more than 40 islets of volcanic origin. There are 13 major islands, -4 of them inhabited: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana. This extraordinary natural laboratory is a fusion of rare species of fauna and flora of unique natural values in the world. Unesco declared the Galapagos a Natural Heritage of Humanity and later was designated Biosphere Reserve. Scientific studies of Charles Darwin and Teodoro Wolf gave more fame to the region.

Galapagos Island map is very useful if you are planning to go on vacation to the Galapagos Islands, either to take a tour, enjoy a cruise, travel, meet its exotic flora and fauna, or simply make an adventure trip.

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Galapagos Island Map
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Map of Galapagos Island

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