- Join an exclusive Times charter with like-minded people on one of the newest luxury boats
- Explore seven of the Galapagos Islands including the spectacular Espanola and Genovesa
- Two naturalist guides on board means an excellent ratio of 1 guide to 10 clients
- Travel when the weather is warm, the skies are blue and the waters are clear for snorkelling
This is a fantastic opportunity to travel aboard one of the newest vessels cruising the Galapagos Islands and travel with fellow Times readers. Travel with Peter Freire, President of the Association of Guides in the Galapagos, as your onboard National Park guide. Peter is one of our favourite expedition leaders having guided four private groups for Steppes in the past. He was born and brought up in the Galapagos Islands, has been guiding for 23 years and works part-time at the Charles Darwin Research Centre, there really is very little he does not know about these enchanting islands. For more information on Peter, read our recent Q&A with him
The Infinity is a leading luxury motor boat chartered exclusively for The Times, providing the utmost comfort from which to discover this extraordinary archipelago that captivated naturalists such as Charles Darwin and continues to fascinate today.
What Wildlife can be seen in December in the Galapagos?
The abundance of wildlife in the Galapagos is unrivalled with every island unique. On land, December sees the start of the giant tortoise hatching season in the highlands of Santa Cruz. The delightful blue-footed boobies can be found on the remote Genovesa Island as can their relatives, the Nazca boobies and the red-footed boobies. December is a good time to see the impressive red pouches of the great frigate birds and on the island of Española, renowned for being home to a large population of marine iguanas, the first young waved albatross fledglings can be seen.
Underneath the water is as impressive as on land. Due to the arrival of the Humboldt current over the summer months, the waters are full of nutrients at this time of year, and therefore snorkelling may bring all kinds of surprises. You may be lucky enough to see the green sea turtles displaying mating behaviour or share a snorkel with some playful sea lions.
Will the sea be rough in December in the Galapagos?
The sea is generally calmer at this time of year. This itinerary explores the central islands which are more protected but the open waters around the outer-lying islands such as Genevosa may be a little choppier.
What is the Infinity boat like?
The Infinity is the latest addition to a luxury fleet. Providing eight double cabins and two suites, all cabins boast private balconies. Cabins onboard Infinity are some of the largest that can be found in the Galapagos, especially for a motorboat. Her sleek modern interior is of a minimalist style and the floor to ceiling windows allow for exceptional views and wonderful light. An outdoor dining area and bar make for a very convivial atmosphere onboard.
Is December a good month to travel to the Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos is a great destination to visit year-round. While it sits on the equator, the weather is not tropical, and temperatures sit in the early twenties most of the year. However, in December the air temperature is starting to climb, and the skies should be clear, though the occasional shower is possible. The water temperature is warm for snorkelling, especially amongst the central islands and shallower waters, but it’s typical of the Galapagos to experience some cold spots.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.