Galapagos Islands

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50* [[http://www.darwinfoundation.org/|Charles Darwin Research Center]] is run by the Charles Darwin Foundation on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands. This is an excellent place to visit to learn more about the wildlife of the Galapagos including the famous [b]Lonesome George[/b], who is the last of his species. Most multi day tours include a half day at the center.50* [[http://www.darwinfoundation.org/|Charles Darwin Research Center]] is run by the Charles Darwin Foundation on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands. This is an excellent place to visit to learn more about the wildlife of the Galapagos including the famous [b]Lonesome George[/b], who is the last of his species. Most multi day tours include a half day at the center.
51* [[Galapagos Scuba Diving]] is considered to be some of the best diving in the world. It is one of the few places in the world that you can dive with Sea Lions, Giant Turtles, Hammerhead Sharks, Penguins and Sea Horses all in one dive!51* [[Galapagos Scuba Diving]] is considered to be some of the best diving in the world. It is one of the few places in the world that you can dive with Sea Lions, Giant Turtles, Hammerhead Sharks, Penguins and Sea Horses all in one dive!
52* [b]Vivencial Fishing[/b] is a relatively new activity for vistors to the Galapagos Islands. While sport fishing, [i]per se[/i], is prohibited, the Galapagos National Park has issued a limited number of licences to local fishermen to offer [i]Pesca Artesanal Vivencial[/i] or [i]Artisanal Vivencial Fishing[/i]. On a properly licenced Vivencial Fishing boat, you can fish offshore for big-game like marlin or inshore for tuna, wahoo, grouper and other permitted species. [u]All[/u] marlin must be released but a limited amount of other fish can be kept for personal consumption. You may not fish for sharks or rays. If you want to fish in the Galapagos be aware that both the fisherman and his boat require the special licence. [[http://www.galapagospark.org/nophprg.php?page=re serva_marina_manejo_pesquero_pesca_vivencial&s et_lang=en|The Galapagos National Park]] publishes a list of licenced boats and owners.
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67===By Plane===68===By Plane===
68Regular flights connect the islands with both [[Quito]] and [[Guayaquil]] but flights need to be booked well in advance because of its popularity. There are two airports servicing passengers arriving on the Galapagos Islands: one on Baltra and the other on San Cristobal. Pay attention when checking in for your flight: flights to Baltra are often described simply as "Galapagos" while flights to San Cristobal say, specifically: "San Cristobal". 69Regular flights connect the islands with both [[Quito]] and [[Guayaquil]] but flights need to be booked well in advance because of its popularity. There are two airports servicing passengers arriving on the Galapagos Islands: one on Baltra and the other on San Cristobal. Pay attention when checking in for your flight: flights to Baltra are often described simply as "Galapagos" while flights to San Cristobal say, specifically "San Cristobal".
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71There are cargo ships departing from from [[Guayaquil]] to the Galapagos Islands. The journey takes 3 to 4 days and booking passage aboard these boats is not common. These boats are only permitted to provide passage to residents of the Galapagos Islands - they are not allowed to take tourists on board.72There are cargo ships departing from from [[Guayaquil]] to the Galapagos Islands. The journey takes 3 to 4 days and booking passage aboard these boats is not common. These boats are only permitted to provide passage to residents of the Galapagos Islands - they are not allowed to take tourists on board.