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Whether you're preparing for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos, or just want to know more about this fascinating archipelago, be sure to check out these helpful resources. Learn about the wildlife found nowhere else on earth, browse helpful packing tips and read compelling travel stories that will inspire your sense of wonder for these unique islands.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Galapagos? We've got answers! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about Galapagos wildlife, our fleet of small ships, climate, and much more.
Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

From sea lions to marine iguanas, learn about the incredible array of biodiversity you'll see on a trip to the Galapagos Islands!
Galapagos Wildlife Seasonality

Galapagos Wildlife Seasonality

Check out our month-by-month guide of seasonal wildlife. Abundant wildlife is always present in the Galapagos Islands, and special highlights are spread throughout the year.
Galapagos Wildlife Trivia

Galapagos Wildlife Trivia

Take our Galapagos wildlife quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with your family and friends to see who knows the most about this stunning archipelago.
Plants of the Galapagos Islands

Plants of the Galapagos Islands

Many of the plant species found in the Galapagos Islands are as interesting and unique as the islands’ renowned animal life. Learn about the islands' native and invasive varieties of flora.
Conservation & Community

Conservation & Community

We are proud to be involved in the following initiatives throughout the Galapagos archipelago and the communities present there, as well as in parts of mainland Ecuador we visit on our adventures.
When to Go to the Galapagos

When to Go to the Galapagos

Located at the equator, the Galapagos Islands' subtropical climate make the islands an inviting year-round destination. Here is a month-by-month breakdown of temperatures and rainfall. 
Packing List

Packing List

Our comprehensive packing guide covers everything you'll need for a Galapagos Islands adventure, from sun hats to sport sandals and everything in between.
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New Galapagos Coral Reef Discovered

New Galapagos Coral Reef Discovered

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
Deep beneath the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and atop a submerged volcano, an ancient coral reef was just discovered by an international group of scientists. It’s the first to be documented inside the protected area since it was established in 1998. Stretching out for several miles, the reef supports a breathtaking mix of marine life.
Galapagos Species That Are Back from the Brink

Galapagos Species That Are Back from the Brink

—By Samantha Miller
New initiatives in the Galapagos are seeking to rediscover and reintroduce species lost to climate change and human activity like the Fernandina giant tortoise that was found after 113 years of ‘extinction.’
The Mystery of Charles Darwin’s Missing Manuscripts Has Been Solved!

The Mystery of Charles Darwin’s Missing Manuscripts Has Been Solved!

—By Megan Brief
Discover the contents of Darwin's missing notebooks, including his famous ‘Tree of Life’ illustration from 1837!
Partnerships That Make a Difference: Supporting the People & Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Supporting the People & Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

—By Jon Jared
At least one native guide accompanies each group on a Nat Hab Galapagos trip. These residents are trained by the national park, with guidelines developed in collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Research Station. Their experience gives a unique insight into the culture and the wildlife of the archipelago.
Sustainable Farm Contributes to Galapagos Giant Tortoise Conservation

Sustainable Farm Contributes to Galapagos Giant Tortoise Conservation

—By Emily Goodheart
Roberto Plaza is the owner of Montemar, a sustainable farm on Santa Cruz Island. Proceeds from purchased Arabic coffee grown on the land fund the restoration of tortoise ecosystems, as the area serves as an important migration route for these rare creatures as they move from the highlands to the coastal lowlands to lay their eggs.
How to Avoid Seasickness on a Galapagos Islands Cruise: 11 Tips

How to Avoid Seasickness on a Galapagos Islands Cruise: 11 Tips

—By Matt Kareus
I’ve met a few people who’ve confessed they would love to travel to the Galapagos Islands but won’t for fear of “motion discomfort.” The truth is the waters around the Galapagos are generally pretty calm and fortunately, there are some pretty simple and effective things you can do to avoid it all together.
Safeguarding Migration Routes from Ecuador to Costa Rica with the Creation of the Hermandad Marine Reserve

Safeguarding Migration Routes from Ecuador to Costa Rica with the Creation of the Hermandad Marine Reserve

—By Megan Brief
Recognizing that the long-term coexistence of humanity and wildlife requires a sustainable balance, Ecuador's President announced the creation of the Hermandad Marine Reserve, a migratory superhighway that connects the Galapagos Marine Reserve to protected Costa Rican waters.
Why the Galapagos Is My Happy Place

Why the Galapagos Is My Happy Place

—By Tracy Schuh
This special place in the Pacific Ocean with coordinates around 0°0°0° beamed with a flourishing ecosystem, delighted my soul in a profoundly epic way and reminded me what is possible if we make choices that protect these wild places on our beautiful planet. To quote Charles Darwin, “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
The Galapagos Islands with Kids: Where History, Geology and Conservation Come to Life

The Galapagos Islands with Kids: Where History, Geology and Conservation Come to Life

—By Cathy Brown
I’m convinced that there may be no nature destination on the planet quite as unique as the Galapagos Islands. And to be able to spend time with my enthusiastic son was an absolutely priceless experience that we will be talking about for decades to come.

Five Fun Facts About Blue-Footed Boobies

Five Fun Facts About Blue-Footed Boobies

—By Julie Waggoner
The most famous bird of the Galapagos is the blue-footed booby. While they are not endemic to the islands, about 50 percent of the world’s breeding pairs live here. These birds’ bright blue feet and sleek brown feathers are sure to make an appearance on any Galapagos itinerary. Keep reading to learn more about these iconic birds!
When to see Baby Animals in the Galapagos

When to see Baby Animals in the Galapagos

—By WWF
According to our expert guides, mating occurs year-round. Different species inhabiting different islands mate at different periods throughout the year. This means that any time you book your trip, you will likely have the good fortune of witnessing mating rituals or seeing baby animals.
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