The Galapagos Islands are located 600 miles west of Ecuador and offer some of the most spectacular wildlife found anywhere in the world. With a massive diversity of flora and fauna on 13 major islands, 8 smaller islands and 40 islets, each stop has its own distinct character, with vastly differing wildlife, climate and terrain.
Cruising the Galapagos Islands is a wonderful way to explore this unique natural environment.
The Galapagos National Park has a 15-day route for cruise lines, during which they cannot visit the same site twice. Cruiselines can use part of the route, or the whole segment - and itineraries range from 7 days to 15 days. Land-based and water-based activities are done during the day, with navigation to the next site at night. Cruises tend to be very structured, as the focus of these cruises is interacting with nature.
High season: mid-June to early September and mid-December to mid-January. Expect high occupancies.
June - November: Cooler weather, mostly overcast, but rain is rare.. Marine Life is abundant, making it a good time to snorkel, though you may require a wetsuit to keep warm.
December - May: Warmer weather and calmer waters. Light rain can fall for a short period during the day, but it is the sunniest period. During this time, the flowers come into bloom and sea turtle nesting occurs. Note that the weather can be very hot in February and March.