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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.


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.
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.


     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.
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Puerto Seymour (Baltra Island)

On the southwestern shore of Baltra island is a pontoon allowing small ferries to the transfer of passengers and light vehicles Itabaca by the channel to the island Santa Cruz and rally the main city of the archipelago, Puerto Ayora.
Easy entrance. The charts call it Caleta Aiolian, ...
18 Dec 15

Puerto Villamil (Isabela island)

As you approach Isla Isabela from the east, there is a small island to the south of Villamil in the shape of a half moon, called Isla Tortuga and a small rock to the north of it, called Roca Bura. If you approach the island in the dark, shape a course to go between the two and ...
17 Dec 15

Puerto Velasco Ibarra (Floreana Island)

Anchor in front of Hotel Wittmer, to the right of the Port Captain building off brown sand beach. Lots of rocky areas, but good holding in course sand off this beach. SHE WOLF first tried to anchor closer to Port Captain, but just volcanic rock bottom there.
Dinghy Landing: ...
18 Dec 15

Puerto Banquerizo Moreno (Wreck Bay) (San Cristobal I)

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the province of Galapagos. It is the main port, located on the southwertern tip of San Cristobal island.
Entry Information: On approach, stay clear of the SE point. Come in midway between the North point of land, which has a lighthouse ...
17 Dec 15

Bahia De Manta

Small port protected by a breakwater.
15 May 11


Small port .
15 May 11

Malpelo island

Isla Malpelo is located at approximately N 3º59' W 81º36' (about 235 miles/378 km from the Columbian coast and 225 miles/362 km from Panama).
Malpelo is a world class dive spot on par with Cocos with clear water and tons of fish and sharks. Divers often see 100's of sharks ...
7 Jan 16

Puerto Bolivar

Small port .
15 May 11


14 May 11

Tumaco bay (Colombia Pacific Coast)

This interesting, friendly town is on the border with Ecuador. It sits on an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. Many of the houses in the area are built on stilts over the water.

Tumaco is a military controlled port. You must call Guardacosta on VHF channel 16 ...
7 Jan 16

Tumaco (Colombia Pacific Coast)

Tumaco, petite ville insulaire, centre de ravitaillement régional.
Important trafic de pirogues, seul moyen de transport local.Tumaco est relié par route à la Colombie; la ville dispose d'un aéroport desservi chaque jour par un DC 3; c'esdt aussi la base d'hélicos utilisés ...
8 Jan 16
Local Area

NE Pacific Ocean

WindsWinds and currents in the Pacific flow predominantly from East to West. Above the equator Pacific Ocean trade winds blow from the northeast. Below the equator they blow from the southeast. By taking advantage of the different (north and south) directions of the east-flowing winds, ...
25 Oct 17


1 Jan 70

Costa Rica (Pacific coast)

Costa Rica, officially the "Republic of Costa Rica", is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.
The beautiful Isla del Coco, ...
18 Dec 15


1 Jan 70

El Salvador

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