If you are trying to determine what month is best to go to the Galapagos, don’t stress too much – because whenever you decide to go, you will not be disappointed. The Galapagos Islands is an incredible place all year round for weather, wildlife and sea adventures.
Galapagos Tourist Activity in November
Don’t expect the islands to be swarming with tourists, but that is not to say you can leave booking cruises, accommodation, and tours to the last minute. Early November is mid-peak season, and whilst Galapagos Islands offers a diverse and plentiful range of tours, activities and accommodation; if you have your eyes set on a specific boat or hotel – book it now. The most popular boats can fill up months or even years in advance even without it being a busy time of the year. The last week of November and first week of December are generally booked full many months in advance due to the US holiday of Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday in November.
Contact a Columbus Travel Trip Planning Expert to check availability. Since they work with all of the top-rated boats and hotels in the Galapagos, they can help you find availability when others cannot.
Galapagos Wildlife in November
Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis elephantophos)
Are among the most of famous family members of the islands. In fact, in the old days explorers used to call tortoises “galapago” which in Spanish means saddle, due to the shape of their shell and since gave rise to the name of the islands.
Galapagos Penguins (Speniscus mendiculus)
With less than 1,000 of breeding pairs left, your particularly lucky to catch these guys in November. They are overwhelmed with the abundance of new fish on their menu, and busy feeding and fighting for it.
Blue-Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)
Obviously named for their funky blue feet, have half their population living on the Galapagos islands. The brightness of their blue feet actually indicates their level of health.
Great Frigate Birds (Fregata minor)
You cannot miss the males who puff up just to flirt with the girls with their giant red throat poach.
Fur Sea Lions (Arctocephalus galapagoensis)
Being the smallest eared seal in the world, it also tops the charts for relaxing the longest on land – spending 70% of their time out of the water. In November, you might be lucky to see pups.
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)
Being the only still existing marine lizard on Planet Earth you are incredible lucky to catch these in your sights. It is said that they evolved to living in both the sea and water because there was a considerable decrease of food available on land.
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)
Is a dark brown bird, with an interesting white forehead. During this time of the year they begin breeding.