Holidays to the Galapagos Islands
The significance of the Galapagos Islands can’t be overestimated. This group of largely barren, volcanic islands (located around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador) are home to an awe-inspiring diversity of species, many found nowhere else on Earth. If you want an intimate wildlife encounter, the Galapagos Islands are the place to visit.
Galapagos Islands trip ideas
To visit the Galapagos Islands, you can opt to stay on one of the islands and explore via day trips, hop onboard a cruise or a more intimate sailing yacht. All visitors are accompanied by experienced Galapagos guides, who will explain the natural wonders and conservation efforts you see along the way.
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Places to go in The Galapagos
Consisting of thirteen main islands, six smaller ones and a group of islets, the islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, World Biosphere Reserve and one of the largest marine reserves in the world. They’re largely untouched by man, with around 60 designated visiting sites and a host of animals and birds that show little fear of humans. Each island is unique in its flora, fauna and wildlife, with different species around at different times of the year.
Giant tortoises roam Santa Cruz, where you can learn about the vital conversation work carried out at the Charles Darwin Research Centre. Espanola is home to many unique bird species, including the waved albatross that return here to perform their incredible mating ritual each year. Snorkel alongside curious sea lions, sharks, rays and turtles on Isabela, along with seeing its vivid pink Galapagos flamingos, while over on Fernandina you can see colonies of marine iguanas basking in the sun.
The proud outline of Pinnacle Rock presides over Bartolome Island – great for photos – while snorkelling here is your best opportunity of swimming with Galapagos penguins. Other rare and endemic species dotted around the archipelago include blue-footed and red-footed boobies, land iguanas, frigate birds with their red inflated neck pouches, flightless cormorants, bright Sally Lightfoot crabs, and mockingbirds. Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333
When to go to the Galapagos Islands
Warm waters and calmer seas make January to March a great time for snorkelling, although it may be quite rainy. Giant tortoise eggs hatch in this season and green sea turtles start to lay their eggs towards the end of the month.
Wet but warm, this is a humid and pleasant time in the Galapagos. Penguins will be migrating from Bartolome to Isabela and Fernandina, and marine iguanas begin nesting on Santa Cruz.
Wet but warm, this is one of the hottest months in the Galapagos. This is mating season for frigate birds on San Cristobal and Genovesa, while marine iguanas begin nesting on North Seymour and Fernandina.
This is the start of the dry season and the greenest month. Albatrosses are courting and it's hatching season for the green turtle and land iguana.
The Galapagos islands will have clear waters at this time of year. The blue footed booby mating season begins, including the courtship dance and the waved albatross will begin to lay eggs on Espanola.
This a is a great time of year for whale watching. Humpback whales can be seen and are known to jump in and out of the water.
Good time for bird watching, it’s the nesting season for blue footed boobies and flightless cormorants. It is also sea lion breeding season.
During August there is new life beginning in the Galápagos as the sea lions give birth. The giant tortoises also return to the highlands after laying their eggs. The water is coolest at this time of year, and typically choppy.
Following their birth in August, in September sea lion pups can be spotted. Penguin courtship also begins on Bartolome.
Newborns abound as blue footed booby chicks can be seen on Isabela and Espanola, while the Galapagos fur sea lions come into mating season.
This is the best time to swim with baby sea lions and bird watch in the Galapagos Islands. November also marks the start of green sea turtle mating season, while there are opportunities to see whale sharks in the North West.
December marks the start of the wet season, but a good time to visit the Galápagos Islands as the giant tortoise eggs begin to hatch and the sea lions and fur sea lions start to breed.