The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador and are located about 620 miles east of the mainland.
Low season is during April, May, September and October, when prices are at their lowest. Otherwise, the dry season is from June to December.
To enter Ecuador, you need a passport valid for six months after entry. American citizens do not need visas for stays under 90 days.
The best way to get to the islands from the mainland is to take a cruise, which can range from under $250 to over $499 per day (see Resources).
Adventure activities on the islands include mountain biking, kayaking, snorkeling and horseback riding (see Resources).
Article Written By Aurelio Locsin
Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.