Visit the Galápagos – Weather
Temperatures are always good for visiting the Galápagos. December to May is rainier and warmer, however rainfall is not continuous so sunny breaks are frequent. It’s drier in June through November with slightly cooler temperatures and the ocean is colder, because of the influence of the Humboldt current from Antarctica.
Visit the Galápagos – Access
Aero Gal or Tame Airlines will get you access to the Galápagos from Quito on a 1.5 hour flight. Aero Gal provides modern jets and in flight complimentary service that will remind travelers of the golden age of flying. All flights stop at Guayaquil along the way. Visitors to the Galápagos arrive at one of two airports:
- Seymour Airport is located on the island of Baltra and it doesn’t have any tourist services. The main buildings on Baltra are fuel storage facilities and military bases. Visitors at Baltra must take a bus to Puerto Ayora or board a tour boat immediately. The bus to Puerto Ayora includes a short ferry ride.
- The other airport is at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the island of San Cristobal. This is the most populated area in the Galapagos and most tours start here.
Paul with Galapagos Sea Lions, Espanola Island
Visit the Galápagos – Package Tours
You need a guide to visit any island in the national park. Tour boats use inflatable power boat, such as a Zodiac, to reach the islands. The park service assigns the arrival and departure time. Visits are usually under two hours. The Celebrity Xpedition and the Silver Galapagos offer a luxurious ocean based tour, but these are also among the most expensive options. They are allowed a maximum of just under 100 passengers. Vessels operated by many other companies, like G-Adventures, take 16 passengers or less. Most passengers have no problem with motion sickness on these small boats, because the seas are relatively calm. If you suffer from sea sickness, don’t forget to bring mediation.
Galapagos Sea Lion relaxing at the port
The least expensive tours are land based accommodation with high speed motor boat access to various islands. Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz is the starting point for land based touring with day trips to Santa Fe, Bartolome, Floreana and Isabela. Overnight accommodation options are also available upon arrival in Isabela. Land based touring to Espanola is not available. Check out Intrepid Travel and G-Adventures for land based options.
Blue Footed Booby, Isla Lobos, San Cristobal Island
Here are some tour suggestions:
Baby Blue Footed Booby, Isla Lobos, San Cristobal Island