For the most part, inclement weather in the Galapagos Islands means rain and overcast parts of the day. During April the rains of the wet season have withered, leaving a green landscape in its midst. Keep reading for some guidelines and a packing list for the Galapagos in April.
Exploring the islands is an active adventure, boat and land excursions include hikes, snorkeling, and swimming- most of the day is spent outside. In April the sun can get hot, prepare for this with effective sunscreen, a fun hat, and sunglasses.
The sun is both a blessing and something to prepare for when going to the Galapagos in April. Many land tours plan excursions to the beaches of the islands for the morning to avoid in inevitable heat that comes at midday. The other side of the coin is rain and the muddy conditions that it creates on hikes, make sure to bring lightweight, waterproof gear. The humidity in the islands means that quick drying clothes are the way to go. Here are a few essentials to add to your packing list for the Galapagos Islands before hopping on the plane.
• Lightweight pants or shorts and a waterproof jacket
• Hiking stick
• A good pair of walking or hiking shoes
• Insect repellant
• Refillable water bottle
• Day Pack
The waters of the Galapagos are warmer in April than in other months when the Humboldt Current is in full force. April is the tail end of one of two optimal surf seasons in the islands. Northern swells that hit Hawaii a few days before appearing on the shores of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela islands that bring international surfers to Ecuador in search of good waves and warm water. Here are a few things to bring that will help make your time on or in the water a blast.
• Deck Shoes
• Sandals or water shoes for wet landings
• Rash Guard
• Day Pack
• Dry Bag
• Snorkel Mask
Medical services in the islands are basic, and bringing prescription medicines with you is the way to go instead of trying to find the Latin American equivalent in the local pharmacies. Here are a few medical considerations to include on your packing list for the Galapagos Islands.
• Prescription medicines
• Seasickness medicine
• List of allergies
• Copy of insurance policies
• Small first aid kit
As far as travel gear including cameras, batteries, computers, GoPros, phones, and finding internet goes-the Galapagos isn´t moving at a pace that mirrors the rest of the world. While ultimately the natural beauty and the wildlife take center stage, here are a few pointers for adding the right gear to your packing list for the Galapagos Islands.
• Extra Batteries, chargers, cables, and SD cards
• A waterproof, handheld camera
• Telephoto lens
• Adapters-110 – 127 V
• External hard disk or USB for storage (internet crawls at a tortoise pace at times.)
• Reservations for the entire time in the islands
• Valid passport
• Return ticket
• Cash for INGALA Control Card and Galapagos National Park entree fee
• Back up credit cards