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LUXURY CRUISES

Best quality of service on board, extremely comfort and facilities plus the company of the best professional naturalistic guides, is what you will find on board of the luxury cruises in Galapagos. On board of this kind of cruises, every little detail counts and is going to be taken care for you to have a trip of a lifetime. There are some ships that can take up to 30 passengers and some other more exclusive and small yachts that take up to 16 passengers.

New, modern and with great stability are some of the things that you will be able to experience on board of luxury cruises in Galapagos. Fancy, elegant and big cabins with king beds, panoramic windows and balconies are some of the facilities these yachts offer. Spacious social areas, ample dining and living rooms, well stocked libraries and sun decks are available for you. Some other extras that you will be able to enjoy on board are: swimming pool, Jacuzzi, on-board medical facilities, gift shops and more.

Buffet style food will be served on board of these ships and special dietary requirements are not a problem. The chef will prepare local and international cuisine with fresh, delicious and varied products.

GRACE

Motor Yacht - 18 passengers

Price from: USD 5,450

STELLA MARIS

Motor Yacht - 14 passengers

Price from: USD 140,000 per charter

PREMIUM CRUISES

If you want to travel full of comfort and in the glance of luxury, the premium class cruises are the best option. The 90% of the cruises that are under this category are Catamarans, very spacious areas, beautifully designed and comfortable cabins with balconies. The service is very personalized and exclusive with a well-trained crew.
Very steady and wide sundecks with a Jacuzzi are some of the pluses that you will be able to enjoy while you explore the Enchanted Galapagos Islands.
The quality of the guides that are on board of premium class cruises is astonishing, they have years of experience and are very professional.

PETREL

Catamaran - 16 passengers

Price from: USD 3,245

FIRST CLASS CRUISES

If you want a cruise that offer plenty space aboard, cozy cabins and a not too expensive price, the first class cruises are the best option. They are ample and comfortable, very stable during navigation and beautifully designed, to offer you a wonderful experience on your Galapagos vacation. The shortest itinerary will take 4 days and the largest 15 days to explore the wonderful landscapes and unique fauna of the Archipelago.

There are extra services besides hot water and air conditioning, such as spacious social areas, ocean view cabins with private facilities and elegantly decorated. Also, you can have the chance to enjoy your time on board in the Jacuzzi, or you can use the kayaks whiting the islands that the cruise will visit.
The crew members are very experienced and they follow many standard procedures to make sure your journey will be pleasant experience. Very professional service and gourmet food are some of the things that you will be able to enjoy by traveling on board of these first class cruises.

TOURIST CLASS CRUISES

If you are looking for an affordable price and comfort, these cruises are the perfect combination, you can enjoy a short itinerary of 4 days up to 15 days’ program, that will take you to visit many combinations of islands. These cruises are not fancy or exclusive and half of them offer lower beds because the space that you have in the cabin is big enough to make you feel comfortable during the journey.

The basic services will be provided during your trip aboard these yachts, such as private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning and a great service. The food is fresh and tasty, the chef will prepare a wide variety of local cuisine. In addition, the members of the crew have received the proper training to make sure you have the best experience. The social areas have enough space and facilities for the number of passengers that are on board.

The service on board will be higher than you expect, the Naturalist guide that will lead you during the cruise has years of experience, a solid knowledge of flora and fauna of the Islands and a level II classification. She / he will accompany you during the landing on each visitor site that you will have the chance to explore.
Choosing a Tourist Class Cruise will make your trip to be more about the natural experience and contact with the unique Galapagos animals than the fancy matters of the ships.

LAND BASED TOURS

Once you choose a land based tour, plans are more flexible depending on your interests and travel preferences and is ideal for people that cannot go on board of cruises because of extreme seasickness. Family vacations with small kids will have a more personalized itinerary with child friendly activities, time to rest and specialized guides.

On a land based tour, you can have a more personalized service from all our local providers that work directly in the Galapagos Islands such as hotel owners, restaurant owners, boat captains, chauffeurs, farmers and fishermen. These types of itineraries will show you the local lifestyle and although a lack of wildlife may be experienced during land based tour. Land based tours are ideal for people that love outdoor activities such as scuba diving, biking, hiking, kayaking and of course snorkeling!

LAND TOUR - 4 DAYS

Price from: USD 1,540

Highlights: Charles Darwin Station, Giant Tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies, Sea lions, Puerto Ayora town.

LAND TOUR - 5 DAYS

Price from: USD 2,050

Highlights: Sea lions, Giant tortoises, Blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, lava landscapes, Reef sharks.

LAND TOUR - 6 DAYS

Price from: USD 2,360

Highlights: Galapagos penguins, Sea lions, Blue footed boobies, Flamingos, Giant tortoises, lava landscapes, Reef sharks.

LAND TOUR - 7 DAYS

Price from: USD 2,800

Highlights: Galapagos penguins, Sea lions, Giant tortoises, Blue footed boobies, lava landscapes, Frigate birds.

LUXURY PIKAIA LODGE - 4 DAYS

Price from: USD 4,372

Highlights: Luxury lodge, Santa Cruz Island, Sea Lions, Flexible activities.

LUXURY PIKAIA LODGE - 5 DAYS

Price from: USD 5,830

Highlights: Galapagos penguins, Sea lions, Blue footed boobies, Frigate birds, snorkeling, exclusive lodge.

LUXURY PIKAIA LODGE - 8 DAYS

Price from: USD 10,202

Highlights: Marine and Land iguanas, Frigate birds, Blue footed boobies, Sea lions, snorkeling and exclusive lodge.

GALAPAGOS TRAVEL INFORMATION

One destination you must visit during your lifetime is definitely The Galapagos Islands. You will experience wildlife as close as you can get friendly sea lions and thousands of endemic tortoises that live happy without any natural predators that could put their lives in danger. Each island has its unique landscape and animals that live in them, most of them from a volcanic background. Located 620 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Islands have become a World Heritage Site, and recognized from being the place where Charles Darwin could work throughout the Evolution´s theory.

A long time ago the Galapagos Islands were the forbidden Galapagos Islands, 13 volcanic islands that were colonized during the 20th century It’s quite humbling that thirteen scarred volcanic islands, 45,000 thousand square kilometers of ocean are part of these amazing Islands, that were first were known as a waterless islands very close to hell, haunt of pirates and whaling ships stop site. All these factors helped Charles Darwin to conclude with the theory of evolution by natural selection, moving science to a complete new area.

7882 square kilometers are the total of the land of the Galapagos Islands Archipelago. 13 large islands and more than 40 small islands together with islets and rocks are part of this beautiful paradise. The largest island is Isabela, with six volcanoes counts as half of the island; here we can also find the Wolf Volcano that is crossed by the equator line.

1. GENERAL INFORMATION:

A) GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

The origin of the Archipelago is completely volcanic and has been named as one of the most volatile sites of the planet. In 2009 the volcano La Cumbre, located on Fernandina, is the last one that erupted at the Galapagos Islands. Fortunately, the islands do not touch the borders of two tectonic plates, as most of the volcanic areas normally do, this fact has surprised to most of the scientific community.  When magma bubbles up, it forms a volcano and explains how the islands were formed. The Galapagos Islands are constantly moving towards eastwards and downwards to the South American Continent, 3, 4 cm per year, for this reason the old volcanoes come off the hot spot and new volcanoes emerge to the surface. The islands that are located at the east are the oldest and weathered. San Cristobal Island is around 2.3 and 6.3 millions of years old.  The most active and volcanic islands are Isabella and Fernandina, and were created around 700.000 years ago, with two chains of extinct and underwater mountains   and volcanos. Cocos and Carnegies Picks are found along all the northeast and east from the Galapagos Islands, this fact is the perfect evidence that the hot spot has been working for millions of years.

B) WEATHER

The Galapagos Islands have a beautiful uncommon dry and moderate climate, qualifying it as subtropical, thanks to the meeting of water currents from the west and the south. This fact makes Galapagos, a place where we can travel within the hole year round. With an equatorial climate and the influence of the Humboldt current, The Galapagos Islands are characterized by two main seasons:

Dry and Cool Season

From late June to December , cool and dry weather with mostly over casted skies and a little mist or tiny rain , it is also called the “ garua” season, runs from late June to December. The sea level Island will have just a little precipitation and the Islands that are located on the highlands, have a beautiful green color from the vegetation.

The Colder Humboldt current is present during this time of the year, making August the cooler month on the Islands. The temperature is very pleasant but the water is a little bit cooler, and clouds are very normal to be seen above the higher elevations. During this time of the year, the plankton boom will make hard to see under the water, the good thing is that more whales and sharks are likely to be seen as they are looking for food resources. Many sea birds, iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, are breeding during this season, taking advantage from the cool weather.

Normally is easy to observe lots of species in the islands and also under the sea during the dry and cool season. Giant tortoises, Humpback whales, blue- footed boobies, cormorants, oystercatchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, penguins, etc. This time of the year will be perfect for diving lovers.

Wet /Warm Season

March and April are the hottest and wettest months in the Galapagos Islands, from December to June it is consider the warm season. Around December the wings start moving to the south from the climatic equator, towards the Galapagos, lowering the waters coming from the west, and letting the warm Panama current waters to bath the entire Ocean that surround the Galapagos Islands.

Once the inversion layers break down, rainy clouds are formed over the skies, making the weather to hit and having afternoon heavy rains. But nevertheless, the law hills from the Archipelago will only receive limited rain episodes. The water temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling.
Is very likely to see marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, blue-footed boobies, etc. during this season at the Galapagos Islands, snorkeling becomes the favorite activity during this season.

Weather temperature:

• January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C)
• July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

C) CRUISES VS LAND TOURS

Sometimes seems hard taking the decision between taking a cruise or a land based tour to visit The Galapagos Islands, having on mind that these are the family vacations and we want them to be as perfect as possible. We will give you some tips or ideas to help you decide wheatear you would like to travel on a cruise or a Land based tour to The Galapagos Islands.

CRUISES

Most of the Cruises are owned by foreigners or big companies and most of them claim to be ecofriendly Ships. There are two kinds of Cruises to visit the Galapagos Islands, basically small and large cruises.
Most of the cruises that operate in the Galapagos Islands are small and can transport up to 16 people on board, which is the same amount of people that a naturalist guide can supervise, under the Galapagos National Park regulations. The small ships are a good chance to make new friends and have a nice talk with the crew as well.

The Largest cruises hold up to 100 people on board, If you are looking for a more stable boat, largest should be your choice. You will have the opportunity to meet people from different nationalities, have more amenities and activities, such as glass pools, Jacuzzi etc. In the larger cruises you will have to wait your turn to get on and off to and from the visit sites losing valuable time.

One of the things that are not so good when traveling on a cruise is that you spend entire days with stranger’s more than exploring nature or sharing information with the naturalist guides on board.

When you are traveling on a Cruise you will have the chance to see incredible and unique animal and sites, you spend at least an hour in each site and most of the time you get divided into 2 groups so it is not too crowded and unpleasant. Cruises can visit Islands that would be impossible to reach when choosing a Land Based tour.

The visitor sites are monitored and controlled on a very strict way by The Galapagos National Park; the fragile ones can only be visited by the smaller ships as they cause the less impact. The larger Ships visit some of the more touristic areas. This has been working pretty good as the ecosystem at the Islands is very fragile. There are not better or worse visit sites, the Park switches the areas around very often.

The Guides on board the Cruises are very attentive, lots of knowledge from first hand, always happy to answer any question and give the best possible information. On boar of any cruise over The Galapagos Islands, everything will be scheduled for certain hour and you will be given certain time for the activities, meals are included in mostly all of the Cruises as well as soft drinks.

If you suffer from seasickness, we recommend to you a larger ship as is more stable and it will not move as much as a smaller ship, but keep on mind that Navigation is usually done at night so you will be very aware of the movement of the boat even if it is small or large. If you are not tolerant at all, you may start thinking on a Land based tour instead.

Some cruises will not accept children until they are a certain age, is better to make sure that if you wanto to travel with kids, they have the minimum age allowed to be on board the Cruises.

LAND BASED TOURS

Once you chose a land based tour, you are the owner of your time, you can go anywhere you want and you can also take Full day tours to specific sites and Islands that offer this option. Yu are the one that will organize your tour and what you want to see. You can stop at any time to take pictures or to swim with sea lions or dolphins; plans are more flexible depending on the interests that may emerge during the tour.

On a Land based tour you can have a more personalized service from all the providers that work directly in The Galapagos Islands such as hotel owners, restaurant owners, boat captains, chauffeurs, farmers and fishermen. They give to the tourists the best service as they run their own business and what the guests to have the greatest experience ever mingling with the locals.

Land tours only visit closest Islands from Puerto Ayora or Puerto Baquerizo. Islands like Española and Genovesa, are not on the range for a day tour. On a land tour there are limited locations that can be visited, bit still unique experiences and moments. Most of the day tours can take up to 2 hours trip on the water to reach the destination and 2 hours back.

A land tour is ideal for people that cannot go on board of boats because of extreme seasickness. Although a lack of wildlife may be experienced during Land based tours.

Land tours leave the less impact over the Galapagos ecosystem, as most of the towns at the Galapagos Islands are now very active with the recycling process and also the motor boats do not have the same impact that have the larger boats over the sea.

Land Based tours are ideal for people that love scuba diving or have a bit of a tight budget. You will be able to have internet access most of the time at the Galapagos Land Tours, and even free internet is available in some spots of the Islands such as Santa Cruz and Isabela. The ships that travel to Isabela Island sale at 14:00 every afternoon and it takes 2 hours to get and return from Isabela, unless you are planning on spending one night at Isabela we will not recommend to recommend the same day as you will be losing almost 4 hours only in transit.

As an additional tip, if your lifelong dream is to snorkel, it is possible to do it by booking a Cruise or either a Land Tour.
Scuba Diving lovers must plan the trip with a little time in advance as they are organized via land based tour and as the waters from the Galapagos could mean a real challenge it is mandatory to have previous experience.

GALAPAGOS MONTH BY MONTH

All year round is a great time to visit the Galapagos Islands Galapagos, a difference of another islands, here the animals can be seen all year round, only a few migratory species live in the islands. You may consider that the behavior of some of the species may vary depending of the time of the year and this is definitely something you want to consider. You can go from playing with penguins and baby sea lions, to see tortoises hatching from their eggs. Many beautiful and unique spectacles can be seen at the Galapagos Islands the whole year.

The busiest months with tourist at the Archipelago are June, July and August, and also Mid December to Mid-January, general worldwide holidays take place during these months. Make sure you book your trip with at least 6 months in advance if your plan is to travel during the busiest vacation months, the sooner the better.

1. MONTH BY MONTH:

JANUARY

January: Iguana courtship takes place!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temperature (Max: 30°C-86°F) / (Min: 22°C-72°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 5.3 hours.
  • Average Rainfall: in the highlands 2.5cm, 1.0inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 24.5°C / 76°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • The famous Christmas iguanas on Española (Hood) Island begin to take on their green, red and black tones that give them their name, they become brightly colored to attract mates.
  • The eggs of land birds begin to appear throughout the islands, typically following the first rain.
  • Green sea turtles emerge from the sea on Galapagos beaches to lay their eggs.
  • Marine and land iguanas courtship period.
  • Hatching of Giant tortoises eggs'.

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Warm temperatures for water and air stay warm until June - ideal time for snorkeling.
  • We recommend sun- block higher than 30 SPF, Sun is very intense during January.
FEBRUARY

February: Diving perfect time!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temperature (Max 30°C= 86°F) / (Min: 24°C= 75°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 7.5
  • Average Rainfall: in the highlands 2.5cm, 1.0inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 25°C / 77°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Bahama pintail ducks begin to breed.
  • Marine iguanas on Santa Cruz Island begin to reproduce.
  • Greater flamingos start nesting on Floreana Island.
  • Penguins migrate away from Bartolome Island to cooler waters of Isabela and Fernandina Island.
  • Beginning of the black-tailed pintails breeding season
  • Nazca boobies on Espanola are at the end of their nesting season
  • The nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & March)
  • Highest water temperatures all year (until April)
  • We recommend sun- block higher than 30 SPF, Sun is very intense during February.
MARCH

March: great month for... snorkeling!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temperature (Max 31°C =88°F) / (Min 24°C =75°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 6.0
  • Average Rainfall in the highlands: 5.1cm, 2.0inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 25°C / 77°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Marine iguanas on Fernandina and North Seymour Islands begin their nesting season.
  • The Galapagos albatross arrives to Española Island after its several-month migration.
  • Deep surges may make wet landings difficult at visitor sites such as Puerto Egas, Gardner Bay and Barolome.
  • Frigate birds mating season starts on San Cristobal and Genovesa islands.
  • The waved albatross of Española start arriving.
  • Frigate birds mating season starts on San Cristobal and Genovesa islands.
  • March 21st, the beginning of the summer equinox, signals the arrival of the first Waved Albatross to Espanola.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & Feb), water temperature reaches its peak, tropical fish of Isabela and Penguins can be seen.
  • In the Highlands, the rainy season reaches its peak but it does not rain every day.
  • Highest water temperature all year round ( Until April)
  • We recommend sun- block higher than 30 SPF, Sun is very intense during March.
  • Known for excellent snorkeling thanks to the warm waters. At sites such as Punta Vicente Roca, divers can swim with penguins and huge shoals of tropical fish.
  • In March, the rainy season reaches the highest precipitation (but it doesn’t rain everyday). Intense sun and hot climate, humidity is high.
APRIL

April: probably the best month to visit the Galapagos! (Together with May)

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max 31°C=88°F) / (Min 24°C = 75°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 7.5
  • In the highlands, Rainfall average: 3.8cm, 1.5inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 25°C = 77°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • The Galapagos albatross arrives to Española in enormous quantities. The mating season begins.
  • Giant tortoise hatching season ends.
  • Green sea turtle eggs begin to hatch on the beach. Tiny turtles can be seen crossing the beaches at night.
  • Land iguana babies begin to hatch on Isabela.

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • In the highlands rainy season reaches his peak and rainy season ends in lowlands.
  • Highest water temperature all year.
  • We recommend sun- block higher than 30 SPF, Sun is very intense during April.
  • Visibility under the water is very good for snorkelers.
Red-footed booby on Genovesa, Galapagos Islands
MAY

May: May and April are the best months to visit Galapagos!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 30° C= 86°F)/ (Min: 23° C=74°F)
  • Clear sky hours: 5.2 hours
  • In the highlands Rainfall Average: 1.9cm, 0.75inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 24.5°C = 76°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Blue-footed boobies commence their breeding season, famous for the highly ritualized dance.
  • The nesting season of the Galapagos albatross begins.
  • Ban-rumped storm petrels commences their first reproductive season of the year.
  • Waved albatross lay eggs on Española Island.
  • Galalpagos sea lions start mating.
  • Green turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant, and Puerto Egas
  • Most of the marine iguanas eggs hatch from their nests on Santa Cruz

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Starts the Garua Season or cool dry season (Up to December)
  • Still good visibility if you want to snorkel.
  • May and June offers the most pleasant weather. Climate starts to cool off during these months. Lots of clear skies are still enjoyable during this month.
  • Renowned for demonstrating the best of both worlds, with aspects from the wet and dry seasons intermixing (also true for April and June).
Great Frigate Bird on Galapagos Islands
JUNE

June: A good month for... magnificent frigate birds!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp(Max:28°C =82°F)/ (Min: 21°C= 70°F)
  • Clear Skies hours: 4.4 hours
  • In the highlands average Rainfall of: 0.6cm, 0.25 inches
  • Average Water Temperature: 23°C / 73°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Waved albatross lay eggs on Espaola Island.
  • Blue-footed boobies begin their world-known courtship.
  • Weather: fine and clear.
  • Whale sharks may be seen in the northwestern islands toward the end of the month.
  • Male frigatebirds begin their courtship by inflating their red pouches.
  • Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island migrate from the highlands to the lowlands in search of suitable nesting places
  • Southern migrants have begun their journey towards the north. Galapagos is an important landfall for such birds.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Starts the Garua season or cool dry season (Up to December)
  • May and June offers the most pleasant weather. Climate starts to cool off during these months. Lots of clear skies are still enjoyable during this month.
  • Migration from south to north starts at this month. Galapagos is an important spot for migrating birds. This migration path can also be seen in some species of cetaceans like Humpback whales.
Galapagos penguin on Bartolome Island shore
JULY

July: Whales and Dolphins make the appearance!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 27°C = 81°F) / (Min: 21°C = 70°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 2.8 hours
  • In the Highlands Average of Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 22°C / 72°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Important breeding season for many sea birds, including the blue-footed booby and flightless cormorants, known for their
  • American oystercatchers on Española, and other coastal birds nest on Santiago.
  • Start of sea lion breeding season.
  • Greater flamingos begin their courtship with a “dance.”
  • On Española, four stages of blue-footed bobby’s can be seen: eggs, chicks, juveniles and young adults.
  • Lava lizards mating season initiate and continue until November.
  • Large numbers of cetaceans inhabit the Galapagos waters, particularly along the western coast of Isabela and Fernandina.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The Humboldt current gets stronger, carrying more nutrients than normal, in the water, making marine life more active. Snorkeling is a great experience during this period.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting most of the time when you are crossing to Fernandina Island.
  • Along with August winds are stronge during this month, however, Galapagos will never have super strong winds in comparison with the Caribbean.
Galapagos Giant Tortoise on wild
AUGUST

August: Time to see Baby sea lions!!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 26°C =79°F) / (Min: 19°C = 66°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 3.3 hours.
  • In the highlands Average of Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 21.5C° / 71°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Sea lions give birth during this time especially on the western and central islands.
  • On Santiago and Española islands the courtship of the Galapagos hawks start.
  • Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa.
  • Frigatebirds’ eggs start hatching.
  • Giant tortoises go back to the highlands of Santa Cruz after laying their eggs.
  • Marks the arrival of migrant shore birds to the island. They stay until about March.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The Humboldt current gets stronger, carrying more nutrients than normal, in the water, making marine life more active. Snorkeling is a great experience during this period.
  • Dolphin and Whale spotting most of the time when you are crossing to Fernandina Island.
  • Ocean currents are at their strongest, making the waters choppy with strong surges along the western and southern shores.
The Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome at Galapagos Islands
SEPTEMBER

September: Time to see Baby sea lions!!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 26°C =79°F) /( Min: 19°C = 66°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 2.9 hours
  • Average of Rainfall in the highlands: 1.3cm, 0.50inches
  • Average Water Temperature: 22°C / 72°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • You can spot Galapagos penguins during their courtship on Bartolome Island and continue until December.
  • The majority of sea birds are actively nesting.
  • A good month to see baby sea lions.
  • Peak sea lion mating season. Fights often break out among males.
  • The beautiful appearance of the the Brown Pelican, the second largest seabird in Galapagos is visible throughout the islands.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The Humboldt current gets stronger, carrying more nutrients than normal, in the water, making marine life more active.
  • Near the northwest islands, humpback whales or whale sharks can be seeing migrating.
  • September is the peak on the “Garua” Season in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Pronounced winds during this month still remain.
OCTOBER

October: A good month for... boobies!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 26°C=79°F) /( Min: 20°C = 68°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 3.8 hours
  • Average of Rainfall in the highlands: 0.6cm, 0.25inches.
  • Average Water Temperature: 22.5°C / 73°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Blue-footed booby chicks can be seen on Española and Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela.
  • Lava heron nesting period begins, ending in March.
  • Galapagos fur sea lions mating season begins.
  • Egg-laying season continues for giant tortoises.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Snorkeling is great during this period and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common.
  • Winds are still pronounced during this month.
  • Days can be cloudy. Many shores are covered with the garua fog, particularly in the morning.
  • Marked by stunning sunrises, with clear summits and a low-lying fog.
  • Snorkeling is always exciting and green sea turtles are more visible
NOVEMBER

November: Time to swim with sea lions!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 25°C =78°F)/( Min: 19°C = 66°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 3.5 hours
  • Average of Rainfall in the highlands: 1.3cm, 0.50inches
  • Average Water Temperature: 23°C / 73°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Green sea turtle mating season starts.
  • Galapagos sea lion pups are born.
  • Great for swimming and snorkeling with baby sea lions.
  • Sea lions continue to reproduce and are particularly active in the eastern islands.
  • The brown noddy breading season begins.
  • The second productive season of the band-rumped storm petrels begins.
  • Pupping of Galapagos Sea lions continues.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • Seas are calm, water temperatures are slowly increasing. Generally great weather due to transition between one season and the next one.
  • Snorkeling is great during this month with good visibility and amazing marine encounters are very common.
  • Dolphin and whale spotting is very common in the far northwest of the Islands.
  • Winds are still present during this month.
DECEMBER

December: Sunshine and Holidays month to enjoy!!!!!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

  • Air Temp (Max: 27°C =81°F) / (Min: 22°C = 72°F)
  • Clear skies hours: 4.0 hours
  • Average of Rainfall in the highlands: 1.3cm, 0.50inches
  • Average Water Temperature: 22.5°C / 73°F

ANIMALS MATING / BREEDING:

  • Giant tortoise eggs begin to hatch, babies can be seen emerging until April.
  • The mating season of green sea turtles begins.
  • Young waved-albatross start fleding before migrate to return in March.
  • Marine and land iguanas begin mating..
  • Sea lions and fur sea lions breeding.
  • Great time to observe land birds: finches, doves. Don’t forget binoculars.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • This month marks the start of the warm season in Galapagos and the Humboldt current loses strength. There are plenty of hours of clear skies.
  • This is the start and the end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in Galapagos, making wildlife encounters very attractive.
  • The sun starts to get more intense during this month. We recommend guests to use sun-block SPF 30 or higher.
  • As the beginning of the rainy season, the leaves start growing on the plants and vegetation over the dry zones of the Islands, everything becomes green.
Galapagos Sea Lion resting on the beach

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Galapagos Family Tours & Galapagos Cruise Ships

The Enchanted Galapagos Islands are definitely a paradise, a live museum showing us constant changes within its amazing flora and fauna. Free and friendly animals inhabit this enchanted place, unique above our planet. Full of live, color and variety of fauna species such as blue footed, red footed and Nazca boobies, flamingos, frigate birds, albatrosses, unique small penguins and non-flying cormorants.

Fourteen (14) different species of finches can be found at the Galapagos Islands, the same that proof the theory of Charles Darwin about the natural selection and evolution.
No matter how you decide to explore these Islands, by cruise on board of fine and safe boats, or by land, arranging your tour in advance. This is a very special place above earth that you cannot miss, at least once in your life time.

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