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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

An ancient archipelago of volcanic islands set off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s premier destinations for viewing wildlife either by land or by sea.

Wildlife viewing in the Galapagos is excellent all year round although certain activities and species are best seen at particular times of the year. For example, giant tortoise eggs hatch between December and April whilst March sees the massed arrival of Waved albatross on Espanola.

Temperatures in the Galapagos remain fairly constant throughout the year with variations between 20 and 28˚ centigrade. December to May are the warmest months to visit with good levels of sunshine punctuated by heavy, short-lived showers mainly in the afternoon. With sunshine and showers, the islands become green and colourful with an abundance of flora as well as flora. June to November is the cooler season known as ‘garua’ when the days are generally cloudier and misty. July and August is often a time of high winds making the seas choppy and therefore less suitable for cruising in a smaller boat.

If you are planning on snorkelling, underwater visibility is best around mid-December to March when waters are also warmer.

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