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Galapagos

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Galapagos

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Description

Formalities changed in 2003, and the situation confronting visiting yachts is now more confusing than ever. Formalities are still rather complicated, and much depends on the day and the person one encounters, but on the whole the authorities are now encouraging yachts to visit the islands. The former interdiction on stopping applied to cruising boats has now been relaxed and boats may stop at any one of the official ports.Occasionally day trips are allowed to some of the islands, when an official guide must accompany the boat, but overnight permits for private vessels are very difficult to obtain.

Weather


The climate is equatorial, cooled by the Humboldt current. December to May is the better season when the weather is pleasantly warm and the winds are light. From June to November the weather is overcast and cool. The water around the islands is surprisingly cold and the meeting of the Humboldt current and the warm air sometimes causes mist over the islands. Occasionally the Humboldt current is replaced by the warm El Niño current, a phenomenon which can affect weather conditions throughout the South Pacific.
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Joëlle
The Galápagos Islands (official name: Archipiélago de Colón, other Spanish name: Islas Galápagos) are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part.

The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the Galápagos Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish.

The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 6 smaller isles:
* Baltra & Seymour
* Darwin & Wolf
* Espanola
* Fernandina
* Floreana
* Genovesa
* Isabela - the largest island
* Marchena
* Pinta
* Pinzon
* Rabida
* San Cristobal
* Santa Cruz - the main island and population centre
* Santa Fe
* Santiago
* South Plaza

Unless you make (very expensive) prior arrangements for a special permit, and carry a licensed guide aboard, private yachts may only anchor at these five inhabited ports.
Isla San Cristobal: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (Wreck Bay)
Isla Santa Cruz: Puerto Ayora (Academy Bay)
Isla Isabela: Puerto Villamil
Isla Baltra: Puerto Seymour
Isla Santa Maria (Floreana): Puerto Ibarra

Trips to other islands must be done by charter, with a licensed guide.

17/12/2015
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Joëlle
Galapagos
Galapagos
17/12/2015
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Joëlle
Galapagos

     Les Galapagos sont connues dans le monde entier pour leur faune docile et unique, lions de mer, les oiseaux et iguanes, vivant au milieu d'un paysage volcanique stérile. Rendu célèbre par Charles Darwin qui a visité l'archipel avec le navire "Beagle" en 1835, les îles sont aujourd'hui un parc national, classé sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO.
     Les îles sont volcaniques et certains des volcans sont toujours actifs. Le point culminant est le volcan Wolf, quelques 1707 mètres au dessus du niveau de la mer. La végétation est clairsemée.
     L'archipel est composé de 13 îles principales et 6 petites îles.
     Les îles sont l'une des 20 provinces de l’Équateur et les autorités équatoriennes préservent ce sanctuaire de la faune. C'est une des raisons pour obtenir une permission de croisière dans ces îles.
17/12/2015
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Joëlle
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