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The Galapagos Islands in October are in the midst of the Garúa ('misty') season. Also referred to as the cool or dry season, this period stretches from July to December and is characterized by low rainfall and hazy mornings. Temperatures remain pleasant (19-25C / 66-77F) and each day on a safari holiday brings new discoveries, both on land as well as in the cool tropical waters of the Pacific. It's a great time to visit as the crowds of the summer months are waning, giving travelers more options for exploring the archipelago.  

  • Galapagos Wildlife on Santa Cruz 

On Santa Cruz, giant tortoises are nesting and laying their eggs in the wild. One of the best places to see them is in the Tortoise Reserve next to Galapagos Safari Camp, and often within the camp itself roaming beneath the raised tents.

Lava herons, endemic to the Galapagos Islands, are mating along the rocky coast and in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay, on the southern coast of the island.

In the secluded lagoons of the islands, Galapagos flamingos are busy nesting, with both parents taking it in turns to sit on their single egg.

  • Galapagos Wildlife on North Seymour Island & Mosquera Islet 

Just north of Santa Cruz, on North Seymour Island, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies hold court along the inland trails. Mosquera Islet (located between North Seymour and Baltra Island) is home to one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos. In October this islet and its surrounding waters are alive with bulls, females and their pups.

  • Galapagos Wildlife on Bartolomé Island 

Off the east coast of Santiago Island, in the waters of Isla Bartolomé, Galapagos penguins are active, diving after fish and swimming alongside snorkelers. The normally elusive fur seals are also mating during this time and are often spotted in the volcanic coves along the quieter parts of this island.

  • Galapagos Wildlife on Santa Fe Island 

To the south of Santa Cruz, on the island of Santa Fe, the endemic Santa Fe Iguana is often found along the trails of the island. Galapagos doves, penguins, petrels, and the Santa Fe mockingbird are a few of the amazing array of birds that fly over Santa Fe during this month.


  • Galapagos Marine Life 

Rays and reef sharks are also in the area, feeding in the shallow waters off the islands. Bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen playing in the wake of boats and October marks the tail end of the whale-watching season in the Galapagos. Look out for breaching humpbacks!

  • Snorkeling in October 

One of the best ways to explore marine life in the Galapagos is snorkeling. In October the cool waters of the Humboldt Current nourish the thriving eco-system of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, making it an excellent time of year to view Galapagos' unique wildlife.

Another great way to explore the coast and hidden bays of Santa Cruz Island is by kayak. Galapagos Safari Camp can arrange both snorkeling and kayaking tours in addition to numerous other activities in their customized Safari Holidays.

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Galapagos Tourism for An Exciting Getaway to These Islands

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.

Read Galapagos Tourism Blog To Stay Updated

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.

Plan Galapagos Tourism with Us for Peace of Mind

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.