What to bring

The luggage allowance on airlines flying to Galapagos is 20 kilos, and for storage on board in your cabin, we recommend one soft-shell piece.

Dress is always casual on board. We suggest you include in your packing lightweight trousers, cotton shorts, shirts, tee shirts and a windbreaker or a light sweater. You should also bring good walking shoes (sport shoes are fine) and waterproof sandals or similar protection for your feet in wet landings. We recommend a small daypack and water bottle, a waterproof bag for your camera with lots of film or memory sticks, bathing suits/ trunks are essential, as are wide brimmed hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, your personal toiletries including insect repellent, and your routine personal medications. The Beagle of course carries a well-equipped first-aid kit for unforeseen requirements and provides towels and fresh drinking water for island and snorkeling excursions.

We recommend all travellers to acquire travel insurance. This insurance can provide cover in case of unfortunate events, such as, flight cancellations, injuries, health issues and lost luggage. Furthermore, many insurers offer benefits such as free telephone assistance worldwide available 24/7.

The Islands

Located 2 hours away by plane from Continental Ecuador, this archipelago is one of the world’s most significant natural areas; these islands inspired the British naturalist Charles Darwin in his theory of Evolution which end up in the publication of the famous book “The Origin of Species,” in 1959 they were declared a National Park by Ecuador government and by 1979 they were declared a “World Cultural Heritage Site” UNESCO.

Officially discovered in 1535, besides being an incredible living laboratory, the islands are surprisingly rich in the history of buccaneers, pirates, militias, convicts, hunters, and scientists.

The volcanic archipelago “one of the world’s most active volcanic regions on earth” consists of 13 large islands, 6 smaller and more of forty islets. The unusual ecology of fauna and flora found in the islands is the result of its unique geographic location, under the tropical sun of the equator, and bathed by the cold waters of Humboldt and Cromwell’s currents.

As having a volcanic origin, separate from the continent, the only way to colonize the islands was by sea or by air, reason why the islands show cast large colonies of reptiles and birds as well as more ferns, grasses, and composites than flowery plants. While reptiles, sea lions, sea turtles, giant turtles, and penguins get the advantage of the favorable currents to get there, most of the plants that arrived in the islands were transported by the wind and by birds.

All these species were obligated to adapt to a dramatic and wild ecology, and the result is a marvelous life exposition of many degrees of evolutionary changes; at the “Enchanted Islands” either you adapt, or you die, and guess what? They adapt to become the world-leading destination for nature lovers.

For being located at the tropic, the climate of Galapagos is unusually dry; we find two main seasons; the wet season which goes from December to June, with warm weather, clear skies, and occasionally heavy rains and a marvelous green vegetation and the rainy season that goes from late June to early December where the air is fresher, skies are little cloudy and there is no rain in the lowlands while the highlands keep being wet, this season exposes itself in a dry forest type panorama.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN THE GALAPAGOS 

MONTH MINIMUM AIR TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM AIR TEMPERATURES AVERAGE SEA TEMPERATURE
January 72°F / 22°C 86°F / 30°C 76°F / 24.5°C
February 75°F / 24°C 86°F / 30°C 77°F / 25°C
March 75°F / 24°C 86°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C
April 75°F / 24°C 88°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C
May 72°F / 22°C 82°F / 28°C 76°F / 24.5°C
June 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C
July 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22.5°C
August 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 71°F / 21.5°C
September 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22°C
October 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 22.5°C
November 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C
December 72°F / 22°C 81°F / 27°C 73°F / 22.5°C

The M/S Beagle only works with 8 days / 7 nights itineraries, and they have been designed with our team and the Galapagos National Park to deliver the best wildlife experiences during your journey.

You will feel the sensation of space aboard the Beagle for kicking back and relaxing between your unforgettable visits on land. The saloon offers a small library of Galapagos literature and a selection of games and movies.

All around the wide decks, comfortable seating allows you to choose sunshine or shade for lounging and observation. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on board with the exception of the day you visit Puerto Ayora, when you enjoy a meal in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Meals blend Ecuadorian and continental cuisine and are served on deck or in the saloon. Coffee and tea are available on deck, cold drinks including beer and a selection of wine and cocktails you may purchase from a well-stocked bar. Refreshing snacks, especially at teatime, round out your daily menu.

A friendly and highly professional crew of six will attend you while onboard: captain, helmsman, steward, cook, engineer and your certified bilingual naturalist guide. The guide will accompany you to all visiting sites within the National Park, providing a wealth of knowledge about the geological and human history of the Islands, and of course about every aspect of their intriguing flora and fauna.