GALAPAGOS | The trail of Evolution

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 declare 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 surprisal 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 Cronwell’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.

GALAPAGOS | When to travel?

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

GALAPAGOS | A year-round destination

Galapagos is a year-round destination, and the most peculiar things occur all the time, get your luggage ready and stand up for your next adventure to discover the life in its pure at the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Animals & Wildlife

Galapagos is a year-round destination, and the most peculiar things occur all the time, get your luggage ready and stand up for your next adventure to discover the life in its pure at the Galapagos Islands.

Mammals

Galapagos Sea lions
Galapagos Fur Seal
Blainvilles Whale
Cuviers Whale
Short Finned Pilot Whale
Killer Whale
False Killer Whale
Melon Headed Whale
Minke Whale
Sei Whale
Brydes Whale
Fin Whale
Blue Whale
Humpback Whale
Common Sperm Whale
Dwarf Whale
Pygmy Whale
Bottled Nose Dolphin
Common Dolphin
Rice Rats
Bats

Sea Birds

Blue Footed Booby
Red-footed Booby
Nazca Booby
Magnificent Frigate Bird
Great Frigate Bird
Common Noddy
Common Tern
Sooty Tern
Royal Tern
Albatross
Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrel
Band-Rumped Storm Petrel
Elliot`s Storm Petrel
Flightless Cormorant
Galapagos Penguin
Brown Pelican
Audubons Shearwater
Dark-Rumped Petrel
Tropic Birds
Swallow-Tailed Gull
Lava Gull
Franklin’s Gull

Shorebirds

Semi Palmated Plover
Black-Bellied Plover
Galapagos Rail
Paint-billed Crake
Common Gallinule
Oystercatcher
White Cheeked Pintail Duck
Ruddy Turnstone
Wandering Tattler
Sanderling
Whimbrel
Red-necked Phalarope
Flamingos
Pied Billed Grebe
Herons & Egrets

Land Birds

Peregrine Falcons
Galapagos Hawks
Galapagos Doves
Belted Kingfisher
Galapagos Martin
Barn Owl
Short-Eared Owl
Vermillion Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler
Bobolinks
Dark Billed Cuckoo
Floreana Mockingbird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Hood Mockingbird
San Cristobal Mockingbird

Reptiles

Giant Tortoises
Land Iguanas
Sea Turtles
Marine Iguanas
Sea snakes
Snakes
Geckos
Lava Lizards

Darwin’s Finches

Warbler Finch
Small Ground Finch
Medium Ground Finch
Large Ground Finch
Small Tree Finch
Medium Tree Finch
Large Tree Finch
Vampire Finch
Mangrove Finch
Woodpecker Finch
Vegetarian Finch
Cactus Finch
Large Cactus Finch

Galapagos Marine Life

Snorkeling and diving in Galapagos are very rewarding, and they are activities offered on all our Galapagos cruises.

Port Jackson Shark Spotted Eagle Ray
Whale Shark Golden Ray
White-tipped reef shark Sting Ray
Black-finned Reef Shark Manta Ray
Galapagos Shark Remora
Tiger Shark Bacalao
Hammerhead Shark Mullet
Thread herring Tunas and bonitos
Anchovy Five-spotted anthias
Hieroglyphic hawkfish White-banded angelfish
Blue-eyed damselfish Seargeant major
Moorish Idol Yellow-tailed surgeonfish
Blue parrotfish Large-banded blenny
Yellow-bellied triggerfish Concentric Pufferfish
Dusky Chubb Moray eel
Amberjack Red-lipped batfish
Flying fish Blue Lobster
Red lobster Slipper lobster
Scallop Horse conch
Giant sea star Black sea Urchin
Banded Sea Urchin