Galapagos Islands Overview
Why Galapagos Islands: With its stunning wildlife, incredible marine life and beautiful landscapes, the Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating places on Earth to visit.
When to Go: The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year round. The hottest time of year is December to June when daytime temperatures can reach mid to high 30s (°C) and hiking is hard work. However, the seas are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, with water temperatures between 24 and 27°C. July to November (18-24°C ) is cooler, when the Humboldt Current brings water temperatures down to around 18-21°C. If you’re prone to seasickness, avoid travelling between Jul – Oct when seas are relatively rough.
Combine With: Culture and an Amazon rainforest experience on mainland Ecuador. Alternatively, visit incredible Machu Picchu in Peru or Lake Titicaca in Bolivia.
Getting There: There are daily flights from Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador to Baltra Island, just off Santa Cruz Island, and to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island.