Galapagos Luxury Cruises
Considering a tropical escape for a vacation this year? A cruise through the Galapagos Islands definitely fits the profile, with warm sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and sun-kissed tan lines. To add to the appeal, the Galapagos has some of the most unique indigenous wildlife which you wont find anywhere else on the planet. Before you get geared up to venture to the exotic Galapagos Islands, here are a few tips and pieces of advice about when to visit and what mode of exploration is best for you and your budget.
Deciding when to visit is one of the most important things to consider when planning a trip to the Galapagos. Since the Islands are located very close the the equator, the temperatures remain rather consistent. However, May through November, the Galapagos tend to experience slightly cooler temperatures and breezes due to the cold water currents of the Humboldt Current pushing up the Pacific coast of South America. Average daytime temperatures are around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with slightly overcast skies.The shores are teeming with fish and other aquatic wildlife during these months, making for an exciting snorkeling or scuba diving experience. This is also mating season for a number of rare and endemic bird species, such as the Nazca Booby and the Galapagos Hawk.
December through April are slightly warmer and sunnier months, with temperatures in the high 80s. The seas tend to be calmer, but be prepared for light drizzle from time to time. February and March are particularly warm as the strong rays of the sun heat up the islands lava rocks. Mating season for a number of land species occurs between December and April. This is also when the sea turtle comes to shore to lay eggs.