When is the best time to visit the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands can be visited year-round and there isn’t a particular “best” time to go in terms of either weather or wildlife. As the Galapagos Islands are located right on the equator, the temperatures don’t vary a huge amount throughout the year. In regards to wildlife, the vast majority of species that can be found in the Galapagos live there year-round and don’t migrate. The waved albatross is one of the few migratory exceptions and can only be seen between April and December.
How do I get to the Galapagos?
You will fly into one of two airports in the Galapagos – Seymour airport which serves the island of Baltra, and San Cristobal airport. Which airport you fly into depends on where you are staying/ which boat you are on.
What wildlife will I see in the Galapagos?
The sheer diversity of wildlife found in the Galapagos is what makes these islands so unique. In fact, the Galapagos has more endemic species than any other place on Earth.
The Galapagos Islands are a birder’s paradise. You’re likely to see blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, flamingos, and Galapagos hawks, to name just a few.
Swim with Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and turtles. The Galapagos is home to both land and marine iguanas; the marine iguana being the only lizard in the world with the ability to live at sea. Giant tortoises are a highlight of any trip to the Galapagos.
The archipelago is also populated by Galapagos, hammerhead, blacktip, whitetip reef, and whale sharks.
When is the best time to see whales in the Galapagos?
The best time to see whales and dolphins in the Galapagos is in July. They are more easily spotted off the west coast of Isabela. There are over 20 species of dolphin and whale, including the blue whale, the orca and the bottlenose dolphin.
Where is the best place to see Galapagos penguins?
Galapagos penguins are found on most of the islands, but most notably on Bartolomé Island. September is the best month to see them.
When is flamingo nesting season in the Galapagos?
February marks the beginning of flamingo nesting season on Floreana Island. Flamingos gather in groups to perform an elaborate dance and show off their bright pink plumage as part of their mating ritual.
When do sea turtles hatch in the Galapagos?
In April, the first green sea turtle begin to hatch. By night, the beaches are populated by hundreds of tiny turtles. Pacific green sea turtles are found on Isabela and Fernandina islands.
When is giant tortoise hatching season in the Galapagos?
Weighing up to 550 lbs, the Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living tortoise species in the world. They grow incredibly slowly, and often live well over 100 years. Amazingly, their shells are shaped according to which island they inhabit. Giant tortoise hatching season occurs between December and April in the Galapagos.
What will I do on a typical day in the Galapagos?
The best way to explore the Galapagos is by yacht. We prefer smaller boats, which benefit from more personalised service and more experienced guides.
You’re likely to disembark the boat twice a day; once for snorkelling, kayaking, or paddle boarding, and once for a hike.
Swim with Galapagos penguins. Get up close to hundreds of marine iguanas sunbathing on black lava rocks. Explore volcanic remnants and rare plant life. Hike into the rugged highlands where giant tortoises roam free. Admire the beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and the large colonies of playful sea lions.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be enjoyed on the boat.
Which are your favourite boats in the Galapagos?
We love Origin & Theory, two identical boats that both sleep 20 passengers and have been custom built for sustainability and comfort. The design of the cabins and social areas is second to none and the large windows provide expansive ocean views and mean that wildlife sightings are rarely missed. Origin & Theory both offer seven-night itineraries.
Camila is another of our favourite boats in the Galapagos. She is a luxury trimaran that offers three, five and eight night stays onboard. Sleeping only 16 passengers in eight cabins, she is very small for the region, providing an intimate exploration of the Galapagos Islands.
Where should I combine with the Galapagos?
Mainland Ecuador is often overlooked by the Galapagos, but there is so much to see and do there. The country encompasses volcanoes and cloud forests, a stunning colonial capital, rare biodiversity, indigenous markets and rich Andean culture.