As in most vacation destinations, the busiest season on Galapagos is also July, August and the Christmas period. During Easter week (Semana Santa), there is quite a bit of internal Ecuadorian tourism. Many cruise lines charge different rates for high and low seasons.
Also check below for the climate of the Galapagos Islands.
From January to May, it is warm but usually rains more. Nevertheless, the number of rainy days during that period is still very limited. Moreover, rain showers are usually short-lived.
From June through December, it is drier but cooler.
The islands lie in a cold Gulf Stream that descends westward from the southeastern Pacific Ocean at the level of the equator. Therefore, water temperatures sometimes drop to 20?C between July and September.
Below is a climate table for the Galapagos Islands.
* Wind force (note: this is not the Beaufort scale)
** Sea Wave:
During the cruise you will be permanently accompanied by an English-speaking guide licensed to guide on the Galapagos. The quality and expertise of the guides is constantly evaluated by the shipping companies. One may say that the quality of the guide is more or less parallel to the quality of a cruise ship. Cruise ships with an excellent reputation pay their employees a higher salary which means that you can expect a good guide. On budget boats you will generally find budget guides as well.
Every foreign visitor to Galapagos pays 120 USD cash on arrival at the airport. This includes 100 USD entrance fee to the National Park and 20 USD Migration Card (locally called Ingala Card). This cost is usually not included in the price of cruises. The National Park entrance fee can only be paid locally. We can purchase the Ingala Migration Card in advance for you. This way you avoid (sometimes long) queues and loss of time. Keep your receipt with you throughout your stay on Galapagos.
On Galapagos, Spanish is the official language. But all nature guides speak English. The higher the price range of the cruise ship, the better the knowledge of English. On some larger ships you will find French-speaking and German-speaking guides.
For info on money, phone connections, security, languages, Ecuador embassy, info on Ecuador, vaccines and other medical info see the page Practical info on Ecuador
It is best to book a Galapagos cruise as far in advance as possible: there is quite a demand for some ships and the best cabins on a ship go away first. If you would like to book a cruise please send us the following information:
We will check the availability of the ship(s) of your choice and create a customized program around it. A few days after your request we will send you a detailed travel proposal.