Enjoy Amazing Ecuador Jungle Tour

If you have always been fascinated with the amazing rainforests while reading stories about them and watching the location in movies, and have a dream of visiting them, you should search for Galapagos Islands tours that include a visit to the Ecuador jungles. No matter how many excellent photographs or videos you watch, it is just not possible to feel the energy and majesty of a jungle, unless and until you visit it in person. Right from the air, full of humidity and oxygen, which envelops you, to the immensity of trees and the varied kinds of vegetation that surrounds you, the Ecuador rainforest will never fail to fascinate you.

galapagos-tortoises-tourists-playing-withWhether you have visited different jungles across the world for a number of times or are planning a jungle visit for the first time, there are a certain things that you need to keep in mind while deciding your itinerary. To begin with, you have to find what exactly you want the jungle tour to cover and then search for Galapagos Islands vacation packages that fulfill your wishes. Selecting reliable and reputed companies organizing such packages will ensure that you get your money’s worth. Remember that the Amazon rainforest is a place with endless possibilities and you might end up discovering something new and exciting at every single step you take in this dense forest.

Here is a list of the factors that you need to consider while planning an amazing Ecuador jungle tour as part of your Galapagos Islands travel plans –

  • Usually, from November or December till June, it is the rainy season in the Amazon rainforest. This is the best time for any sort of kayaking and cruising adventures.
  • The forest experiences dry season during the months of July to December. If you want to indulge in activities like watching birds and wildlife, hiking and fishing, consider planning your tour during this season.
  • Decide if you will be able to travel on your own or would like to hire the services of any of the reputed Galapagos Islands travel agencies. Although it is possible to travel independently, you might have to face a set of complications unless you have an experienced guide to help you navigate the forest. Even enjoying a wide range of activities will become a cakewalk when you have experienced professionals accompanying you.
  • Even when you are traveling on your own, you might need to hire a local tour operator who will help you with some basic facilities like food and drink as well as inland transfers. Hiring a local guide becomes mandatory if you want to visit the remotest areas of the forest. Therefore, while searching for local Galapagos Islands vacation packages, look for the ones that have a local guide who is well versed in Spanish and other indigenous language.
  • Consider booking any of the Galapagos Islands vacation packages online as this will help you enjoy plenty of discounts and other benefits, especially when you are booking them well in advance. Make sure you compare the prices and services with different tour operators before choosing one and making the final payment.

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There are a number of luxurious lodges in Ecuador that organize such tours. These lodges let you roam around the flooded forests, experience the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande, witness the amazing variety of birds as well as nocturnal animal in the nightlife tours, visit the lakes by motorized canoes, and observe the exclusive fauna and flora of Amazon rainforest. In case you want to enjoy a luxurious stay during your Ecuador jungle tours, you can search for Galapagos Islands travel agencies that let you stay in these lavish lodges. So, plan well and choose the right one from several Galapagos Islands vacation packages available that ensure an authentic Amazon rainforest tour and a memorable experience for you.

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An Encounter with the Flightless Bird at Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, a part of Ecuador that lies in the waters, is the most famous holiday destination in the world. It is known for the natural beauty, conserved environment and the undiscovered species that lie under the thick forest covers. People have been visiting here mainly to take a look at the scenic beauty, the animals and birds and the different adventurous activities that are organized here. Although a Galapagos Island Tour is thought to be an expensive one, the memorable experience that you will get is worth paying for.

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Since these islands are known to be a home of wide range of species that may not be found anywhere else in the world, scientists and research people find this place to be the best to study the existence and the life of different species. Once, Dr. Gustavo Jimenez along with a team from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park went on an excursion to observe the flightless birds living here.

As they entered the rocky shore of the island, they came across a number of Galapagos Penguins. A few approached them cautiously, a few jumped into the water and the others were behaving quite indifferent with the presence of human beings around them. The team began the journey through Santa Cruz and then to Isabela.

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While the team was searching around the coastline cover with lava, they came across penguin nests that had eggs, chicks and even adults. This was a pleasing sight as they were happy to see a number of penguins are still seen around. This was due to the favorable climatic conditions that kept the water cool enough to be a home for the sardines, the main food for penguins. The team then moved on to the Marielas Islands which is located off the west coast of Isabela. This island is known to have the maximum number of penguins found across Galapagos. In order to check the size, weight and population, each penguin was caught individually and tagged so as to maintain the population count. The team caught around 78 penguins out of which 37 were already tagged.

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The next plan was to catch and record the existence of Flightless Cormorants. The team visited about three colonies across Punta Espinoza and Fernandina where they were to carry out the similar catch and release activity like they did for the penguins. They caught about 48 Flightless cormorants out of which only 9 were not tagged previously. This was alarming as the team observed that there was a very low population growth in these flightless birds.

The Galapagos Islands are frequently visited by such groups to make sure that the species are safe and the environment is kept favorable for them to live in. Since it is the best place to have a closer look at nature and different creatures, the Galapagos Islands can prove to be a wonderful holiday destination for those who would want to experience it. For all those who are interested in spending a vacation amidst nature, with fun and adventure and also a little educational stuff, the Galapagos Island vacation package is the best that will suit you and your needs!

10 Best ways to be prepared for an Exciting Galapagos Island Tour

No one can deny the fact that a visit to the Galapagos Island is worth the entire amount we might spend to get there. It is a tour that would seem like a dream come true. The overwhelming scene of nature and the welcoming climatic conditions would make up some of those most amazing memories for a lifetime. Have you booked a Galapagos Island Tour for your next holiday? Are you prepared to enjoy all that it offers you? There are many things that you need to be prepared with. Prior preparation will surely take off some time from your daily chores but help you add to the excitement while you are at Galapagos. Let us consider the 10 best ways that you can prepare for an exciting and adventurous Galapagos Island Vacation.

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Galapagos islands
  1. A good camera: The Galapagos Islands have a lot to offer you. You may come across something that you have never seen and also across something that may resemble something that you have already seen before. The Islands are a home to a number of rare species. You might want to capture all these species and many others in the form of images to keep your memories afresh. A good camera is thus needed while you are out on a Galapagos tour.

camera 2. More film or Memory Space: Simply carrying a camera with not enough memory will no way benefit you. If you are planning to capture each moment you spend over these Islands, you need to have enough memory space that will help you save all the images without deleting the ones that you may have captured before

3. Portable Memory Devices: In case you are not able to find a larger memory for the camera, try carrying along a jump drive that can help you transfer images from the camera on the drive leaving the camera free to click more pictures

4. Carry some necessities: It is a good habit and always beneficial to carry all our necessities while we are out on a tour. The most important things are the prescribed medicines. There is nothing that can replace the medically prescribed medicines. You cannot take a risk of running about searching them. The Galapagos Islands are located quite close to the equator. Therefore, it is a necessity to carry enough sunscreen to protect your skin and a hat to protect your head from the scorching heat of the sun.

5. Extra Cash: The Galapagos Island Tour is usually prepaid. This may include the flight costs, the cruise, all transfers and also food. But, it may not include extra stuff such as drinks that you have or any extra rides that you take. You need to carry extra cash for the extra activities or the foods that you might need. cash6. Carry your own personal mask and snorkel: Snorkeling is a great activity that one could perform at the Galapagos Islands. A number of ships and cruises may provide the best snorkeling equipments. But, there are a few that may provide low quality, unreliable material. Although you may hire fins from a ship, but it is always good to prefer having a personal snorkel rather than using the one that must have been used by someone else.

7. Learn Basics of Snorkeling: One common myth that tourists usually have is that since they know swimming, snorkeling is an easy task for them. It is important to practice snorkeling beforehand. Carry the mask and the snorkel to a nearby pool or a peaceful lake and practice before you begin your Galapagos Tour.

8. Get Scuba Certified: The Galapagos Islands have proved to be the best place where one can go diving. Scuba diving is one such an activity that people would want to experience. If you too are a fan of diving, this is a great reason for you to get scuba certified and dive into the crystal blue waters of Galapagos.

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Scuba Diving

9. Research about the Island: There has been no instance where a prior research or study about any certain topic has not helped. The naturalist guides at Galapagos are knowledgeable and have in depth knowledge about birds, animals, plants, geology, volcanoes and everything that is found on the islands. It may look like a moving classroom while the guide takes you around along with the other tourists. It is difficult to make note of everything that is spoken at that time. Thus, if you have read something regarding the topic, you can come up with better doubts that will help the fellow tourists too.

10. Purchase a DVD: The Galapagos Islands, though they look like a piece of land, are enormous. They have a wide range of flora and fauna and different types of geographical lands that you can visit. A prior idea about these places will increase the excitement of being there for real. galapagos

These 10 preparatory steps would help us be ready for a memorable Galapagos Island Vacation that will introduce us to a beautiful land of nature and life.  What are you waiting for? Book your tour now and get set to go with all the above mentioned steps. I am sure you would not want to return once you are there amidst the nature.