Famous for its abundance of unique animals and vegetation that are found throughout its islands and surroundings waters, the Galapagos never fail to impress guests aboard Yacht La Pinta.
Our luxurious expedition vessel allows guests to experience the archipelago both on foot and in (or over) the water by means of numerous activities. In this blog we invite you to check out some Galapagos interesting facts.
The Galapagos Islands are a National Park
With 97% of the archipelago designated as National Park territory, one cannot underestimate the scientific and natural value of the Galapagos Islands. With just 3% of the islands functioning as “inhabited areas” (which adds up to a total population of 25,000) it also can’t be understated just how fragile the rest of the archipelago remains despite these closed-off pockets of civilization. In order to maintain the delicate balance between nature and man that exists throughout the archipelago, the Galapagos National Park has implemented an entrance fee ($100) that helps contribute to park conservation efforts.
Out of Many, One
With 20 islands, 42 islets and over 250 rocks, the Galapagos Islands encompasses a plethora of unique places and a variety of geological formations for guests to experience. They are all relatively closely situated to one another and can be all be explored within the brief period of just 3 Galapagos itineraries (Northern, Eastern and Western). Note: Only 15 of the 20 islands are actually open to the public, as are just a small handful of islets and rocks.
Three Striking Shades of Boobies
Captivating thanks in large part to the mesmerizing hue that covers their feet and their mesmerizing courtship practices, these popular seabirds in Galapagos serve as a visual spectacle for all our guests aboard Yacht La Pinta. From the red-footed booby – which, despite its webbed feet, still nests up in trees and down in bushes – to the blue-footed booby which nests further inland and Nazca boobies which nest up in the cliffs, these three species each have their own unique way of displaying their own set of little quirks.
The Perfect Time of the Year, All Year Long: One of the Most Galapagos Interesting Facts
Stable weather is present throughout the islands all year long. Cold weather does not exist in the archipelago, meaning you can pretty much visit any time of the year without ever feeling chilly. The year in Galapagos is split between two distinct weather patterns, and these are: the hot season (which is just beginning as your read this) and the dry season. The former sees the islands don their lush, tropical green vegetation while the latter sees the islands as barren as ever. The hot season does offer the islands a little bit of rainfall and slightly warmer waters. The dry season brings in fresh winds and a considerably “drier” experience of the islands.
We hope you enjoyed this handful of Galapagos interesting facts! Stay tuned for our next blog that details a number of interesting facts that are worth reading about before your trip to the enchanted isles!