Galapagos is a group of volcanic islands located one thousand kilometers west of the coast of the Republic of Ecuador in South America. In the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are bathed by ocean currents, which in turn make changes in the archipelago ecosystems throughout the year.
From December to April, northern trade winds predominate, pushing warm masses of water to Ecuador, then diverted to the Galapagos archipelago, creating a tropical environment with very warm ocean temperatures that can reach up to twenty seven degrees Celsius, causing brief torrential rains. In turns trade winds from south will dominate from April to November, pushing cold masses of water to Ecuador then it turns to the Galapagos archipelago, creating a desert environment in the lowlands of the larger islands, especially the sites that are under the rain shadow of the mountains. The ocean temperature can drop to fifteen degrees Celsius, causing permanent drizzle in the highlands.
The oldest islands which were once giant volcanoes, who shed rivers of fire in the Pacific Ocean, lie now extinct, covered with forests and collapsed with the passage of millions of years. The youngest volcanoes are west of the archipelago, who rise majestically to a height exceeding 1500 meters, not exceed one million years and some of them can be observed periodically spilling rivers of fire, expanding into the ocean. That is the case of WOLF Volcano, which erupted last time on Monday, May 25th 2015 1 a.m. It was a bright torch of red orange fire that broke thru the darkness of the no moon night. It was followed by furious rivers of lava that warned everything in its way, from the rim at altitudes of 1700 meters, including holy trees forest in its way to the Pacific Ocean. The eruption was observed from the distance, on board of tourist boats.
Upon arrival to the Galapagos, you will be Hovering and landing on the small island of Baltra at SEYMOUR airport. After passing through the Immigration filters, you will pay a tax fee to Galapagos National Park. Shall withdraw your suitcases them to be reviewed by the inspection and quarantine service of Galapagos. After leaving the airport, if you specifically require a transfer service for an additional payment, our representative of Ariana´s Galapagos Hostal, will be waiting with a sign to make the transfer in to our facilities located in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz. It will take one of the buses that provide airlines to Itabaca cannal. The bus ride takes 7 minutes will observe the arid terrain, vegetation of tropical dry forest will be what will knock first, predominantly opuntia cactus, palo verde, palo santo, thornbush, among other plant species. You can also see for the first time the famous Darwin finches fly over the place. This short trip ends with a breathtaking view of the Itabaca Cannal, whose sunlight reflected in the turquoise waters of the canal. The bus down to the cannal dock where you will wait a barge that will transport you for three minutes to cross the Channel to the shore of the island of Santa Cruz, where the lush evergreen mangrove vegetation is observed.
Having reached the island of Santa Cruz, you Cross the island from north to south from the Itabaca Cannal to Puerto Ayora, a taxi drive will take forty-five minutes, over thirty miles of road passing through different ecological zones such as dry tropical forest, transitional forest, rainforest and agricultural zone, transitional forest, and finally dry tropical forest again, where our hotel is bordering areas of the Galapagos National Park in Puerto Ayora. From our terrace and suites overlooking the dry tropical forest, we have a nice view of the sunset over the forest.