To get to the Galapagos Islands, many people travel from the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Guayaquil is a thriving port city that caters to tourists heading to the Galapagos Islands and therefore offers options for traveling to the islands.
The Galapagos Islands are approximately 610 miles from Guayaquil. This proximity to the islands makes Guayaquil an ideal gateway for visitors traveling to the Galapagos.
Travel between Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands is accomplished by air or sea. Many boat and cargo ships travel from Guayaquil to the islands. Daily flights offer a shorter and cheaper alternative to tourists.
Boat travel from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands can take as long as three and a half days. Traveling by air takes approximately an hour and a half. The islands are one hour behind continental time in Ecuador.
The only way to tour the islands is by boat. Because of the delicate ecosystem of the islands and preservation concerns, all tours are led by licensed guides.
Travel from Guayaquil to the Galapagos is notoriously expensive; the flight, combined with a week touring the islands, could cost thousands of dollars.
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