The Galapagos Islands are a special place to visit during the fall months between September and the early days of winter. It is the calm before the storm of the high season, a refreshing break from groups of travelers around every bend.
One Galapagos land-based tour option is to stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp, started by an adventurous couple who wanted people to see the archipelago from a genuine perspective- diving into the wildlife and exotic landscapes of the nearby uninhabited islands. Keep reading for a few of the places that you can visit while in the archipelago.
North Seymour Island
During the months leading up to January, it is mating season for the Galapagos sea lion; a time when males fight for stretches of beach to call their own. Once the territory is claimed, the bull will guard his harem of females and pups for up to ten months.
Snorkeling during the autumn is an aquatic adventure that puts you in the center of the action. The cool tropical waters are bursting with activity; dolphins, hammerhead sharks, rays, and sea turtles are in residence at feeding grounds around the archipelago.
One of the best places for finding the Galapagos penguin during the dry season, Bartolome Island is also home to blue-footed boobies. The curious creatures dot the landscape and sky, diving from above into the shallow waters of the bay to feed on schools of fish.
Galapagos Safari Camp’s Classic Safari gives you a chance to dive in the waters surrounding Pinnacle Rock, swimming alongside penguins, turtles, sea lions, and sharks.
On land, travelers are guided along an ascending path that skirts volcanic cones before arriving at a lookout over the bay. It’s a scene that has become an icon of the islands, found on postcards, websites and in movies worldwide.
Santa Cruz Island
While an inhabited island, the diversity of Santa Cruz is worth exploring during a Galapagos land-based tour. In one day, you can explore the lush expanses of the highlands, take a stroll down a windswept beach, and kayak along the coast in search of new discoveries.
All of the camp’s safari holidays including the family, classic, and dive safaris give you options to explore the natural world of the island. Each can be tailored to your interests, giving you a choice about where to go with a vetted guide who understands the need for flexibility.