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The country of Ecuador is named for its place along the equator on the west coast of South America, where its famed Andean Highlands are known as the land of eternal spring. But what of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands 600 miles off its Pacific Coast?
Though the Galapagos spring break months of March through June see the greatest change in temperatures for the entire year, that change in average high air temperatures only ranges from 88 F (31 C) to 79 F (26 C), so you can rely on a wardrobe of t-shirts and shorts year-round. At spring’s start in the Galapagos March offers consistently sunny days. When you wake and look out to see what the weather holds in March you are going to see clear skies and calm sees with pleasant average high of 86 F (31 C).
Along its coast, the Galapagos is a marine desert environment and the reason it was not settled until more recent times is because there is very little potable water to be found in the islands. However, April is the exception when light rains fall, and the marine desert environment along the coast, where travelers will spend most of their time, comes into bloom. April therefore offers the warmest sea temperatures, and while it can be a bit humid, the magic of seeing the marine desert habitat green up is a rarity that makes visiting during this time attractive.
Many of the key animal species you will experience in the Galapagos during a Spring Break Cruise, like the Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Penguins, Land Iguanas and Finches that Darwin made famous reside here year-round and that’s because somewhere back in time their ancestors blew or drifted into the enchanted islands and their castaway descendants can never leave. A major exception to this rule is the Galapagos’ largest species of bird, the Waved Albatross. These feathered navigators travel thousands of miles on the wind, but in April they return to their breeding ground at Punta Suarez on Española bisland, where they put on one of the most wonderful mating rituals on the planet by way of their dueling beaks.
In May the light rains along the coast evaporate, returning to the dry trend and a comfortable average high of 82 F (26C) until June when one of the biggest changes comes to the islands. The Garua season that comes to the islands in June is characterized by a low cloud layer that forms over the larger islands during the early part of the day and typically burns off in the afternoon. For those seeking a bit of respite from the equatorial sun, this is a great time to visit and you are still in t-shirts and shorts with an average high of 79F (26 C). This is also the time when it starts to rain in the highlands of the larger islands like Santa Cruz. If you are a Giant Tortoise or a traveler wanting to see one, this is very good news as the highland rains result in the lush vegetation that the Tortoise feast on. Most Galapagos Spring Break cruise travelers spend half a day in the highlands to see the Tortoise and then return to the dry coastline to complete their cruise.
With so little variation in temperatures and climate you may wonder if there is a high or low season in the Galapagos Islands? The answer is that the busier times in the Galapagos tend to be when there are school holidays and the slower times tend to be when schools are back in session. It’s not surprising that during the March and April spring break, families flock to the Islands and you better think of booking these dates far in advance. But you don’t have to worry about crowds unless you bring one with you by traveling on a larger yacht, and that’s because the Galapagos National Park strictly limits the number of visitors who can enter the 97% of the archipelago that makes up the Park. In addition, the park has dispersed yachts throughout its 70 plus landing sites by making yachts wait two weeks before returning to the same site. With these new rules there are fewer cross-overs (where multiple yachts visit the same landing site at the same time) and passengers now experience having the islands more to themselves.
May and early June used to be a slower time in the Galapagos between spring and summer school breaks, but this period is increasingly being discovered as one of the most desirable times to go on a Spring Break cruise, especially among couples and honeymooners, and is not quite as busy as March and April. If you are thinking of visiting the Galapagos in the spring you will be happy to learn that any time is a good time.
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