Blue-footed Booby mating dance

5 Reasons to Visit Galapagos Now!

After the 7.8 earthquake that devastated Ecuador’s Pacific Coast on April 16, you may be wondering if it’s a good time to come to this Andean country and its treasured Galapagos Islands.

The reality is that although the mainland coastal provinces of Manabí and southern Esmeraldas were severely affected by the earthquake the Galapagos Islands were unaffected. And as the clean-up continues and the rebuilding of lives and infrastructure begins there are even more reasons to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands now.

Here are five reasons to not postpone your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

  1. Especially at this time of crisis, Ecuador needs visitors more than ever. The national government and local and regional tourism authorities are united in making a call for visitors to come to Ecuador. The tourism dollars will help boost the economy, thus providing the money necessary to rebuild the affected coastal communities. Revenues to government agencies will increase and Galapagos residents will have extra money to assist their family and others who live in the destroyed coastal villages.

  1. In the gateway cities to the Galapagos – Quito and Guayaquil – airports, hotels, restaurants and other services are operating normally. You will be able to arrive to the Enchanted Isles as usual.

  1. The earthquake caused no damage nor disruption to services in the Galapagos Islands. The islands’ airports, hotels, restaurants and cruises continue to operate normally.

  1. The month of May marks the beginning of the garua season in the Galapagos. The weather is becoming cooler, and a light mist bathes the landscapes in the early morning and evening. Still, the skies are clear for much of the day.

  1. May is also a bumper month of breeding and nesting in the Galapagos. Blue-footed Boobies are continuing their mating dance on North Seymour Island. On Genovesa, Great Frigate birds are mating and nesting. The Waved Albatross are beginning to lay their eggs on Española Island. Storm petrels, Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes, and Red-footed Boobies and Masked Boobies are also doing their mating rituals and preparing for their offspring to come.

    The Galapagos Islands’ reptiles are also in on the act. Both marine and land iguanas are nesting, and on Santa Cruz Island, the hatchlings are already emerging. At Punta Cormorant, Puerto Egas and Gardner Bay, green sea turtles are hatching. And in the wild, giant tortoises are laying their eggs.

Considering the additional benefits your travel will make to helping Ecuador recover from the recent earthquake, there is no reason to postpone your dream Galapagos trip. So go ahead and pack your bags, and be ready to be warmly greeted by Ecuador and her people.


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