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“Which are the species that every visitor to the Galápagos ought to see?” Sir David (Attenborough) was asked at the preview screening for the (Planet Earth) series.

He answered: “There are half a dozen animals that you are bound to see: marine iguanas and land iguanas, both of which are unique to the Galápagos; waved albatrosses; penguins; sea lions; and flightless cormorants.”

waved albatross

November marks the last month of the garua season, when the cooler waters of the Humboldt Current start to fade and the sea temperature begins to warm up. It is a great time to visit the islands as sea lion pups born in August are reaching an age when they can explore the waters on their own, making snorkeling an adventure worth talking about.

The month also is the beginning of green sea turtle mating season, and the steadfast creatures are often seen off of the coasts of islands where they lay their eggs at night-including Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz Island.

On Bartolome Island, Galapagos penguins begin to court, and often join travelers snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock for a swim. The small birds form monogamous bonds, and are very attentive when it comes to each other, protecting their eggs, and raising young chicks.

“If we were to return, we'd probably select go in November again, as overall the weather was nice, and the crowds were definitely much thinner that at the peak of high season.”

November is also one of the last months to see schools of hammerhead sharks before they start to migrate for the season.

Our safari holidays are not flip-key trips to the islands. We take pride in showing our guests the ins and outs of the islands-both uninhabited and inhabited. We use vetted guides, some of which have been in the Galapagos since the advent of tourism in the late 1960s.

hammerhead sharks

Visitor Site of the Month- Las Grietas, Santa Cruz Island

Las Grietas is one of the places you can visit on free days during your time in Santa Cruz. The fresh and saltwater pools are a local and traveler favorite, reached by a trail that starts across the bay from the main town of Puerto Ayora.

The trail goes starts at the beach, continues to yet another beach, goes past a salt water lagoon, through volcanic fields, and ends up at a fissure in the Earth that is fed by salt water by the sea and fresh water from a river in the island.

The site is a favorite of locals and travelers alike-the former jumping off of high cliffs into the waters below, and the later snorkeling in the calm, tortoise waters discovering underwater caves and tunnels.

David Attenborough's - Galapagos Adaptation

Credit:Wildlife Documentary Around The World

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Galapagos tourism has progressed to the point where the multi-faceted medley of conservation efforts are at odds with the many options for exploring the archipelago.

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This blog is to keep you informed about our efforts towards positive Galapagos tourism, and the ground-breaking projects that others are involved in. We cover the issues that hit close to home, and invite you to discover the latest developments at the camp, in the national park, and beyond each month through our articles.

The scope of Galapagos tourism is such that it has permeated every aspect of the islands. While there are safeguards in place that include limiting the number of people who can visit each site, there is a need for more responsible travel practices in the islands.

Using the classic African safari as our model, we strive to combine conservation with discovery. We grow plants that replenish the land while conscientiously conserving water out of a commitment to preserve the fragile eco-system of the Galapagos.

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Our priority is to show our guests the wild beauty and breathtaking grandeur of the Galapagos from an informed perspective. Using this philosophy, we aim to make Galapagos tourism a positive force; giving back to the islands instead of intruding on the environment.

In addition to our work at the camp, we are involved with efforts elsewhere in the archipelago that have similar goals that protect the environment through Galapagos tourism. We partner with organizations that are making a difference through innovative practices that foster community involvement towards a positive impact.

It’s important to know your options and the pros and cons that Galapagos tourism has on the islands when planning a trip. If you have a question about how your travel plans can help protect the environment or would like to know more about the people, places, and projects that we cover in our blog, please contact us through this site for more information.