- Travel with Jo Ruxton, marine conservationist and producer of documentary A Plastic Ocean
- Exclusive Telegraph charter with like-minded people on a small, luxury boat
- Explore nine of the Galapagos Islands including Isabela and Fernandina
- Two naturalist guides on board means an excellent ratio of 1 guide to 10 clients
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the Galapagos Islands, with marine conservationist and producer of the documentary A Plastic Ocean, Jo Ruxton. Jo has worked with the BBC Natural History unit and was part of the celebrated Blue Planet team. Over the past 18 years Jo has been involved in numerous underwater filming projects around the world, from Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. More recently Jo co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation, a way to raise the problem facing our oceans, and from this has produced a documentary feature, A Plastic Ocean.
Spend eight days exploring the archipelago with opportunities to explore a selection of islands on foot, by panga (dingy) and snorkelling, all accompanied by expert Galapagos National Park guides.
There are few places on earth that can rival the wildlife of Galapagos, with an abundance of colourful creatures seemingly unafraid of humans. Wildlife highlights include flightless cormorant, land and marine iguanas, two types of booby (blue-footed and Nazca), giant tortoises, Galapagos penguins, frigate birds, sea lions and many finches. With two naturalist guides on board in addition to Jo Ruxton, you can be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife and islands seen.
The Infinity is a luxury motor-boat, chartered exclusively for Steppes Travel and The Telegraph. With a maximum capacity of only 20 passengers on board, Infinity offers a very personal service and provides a luxury platform from which to discover the Galapagos islands.
What wildlife can be seen in October in the Galapagos?
The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife haven, both on and off the islands. October is one the best months for wildlife, the cooler temperatures mean it is one of the most active times for mating and breeding and the Humboldt current brings nutrients and therefore an abundance of marine life.
During October in the Galapagos Islands, you may be able to witness
- Galapagos fur seals begin their mating period
- Whale and dolphin watching is at its best
- Lava herons start nesting from now until March
- Blue-footed boobies begin raising chicks
- Flightless cormorants and penguins are breeding and nesting
- Giant tortoises continue laying eggs in the wild
- One of the best months for snorkelling
Will the sea be rough in October in the Galapagos?
The southern trade winds do bring some wind from the south, which can be felt around the western islands of Isabela. This also brings the Humboldt current making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Be prepared for cooler water temperatures at this time of the year however the Infinity crew will provide you with a wet-suit when snorkelling.
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 October 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. The western islands are generally dry at this time of year, they do often start misty but this can produce some beautiful sunrises with clear summits and low-lying fog. Further east you can get some occasional drizzle during the day. October is in the cooler season but this does mean it is the active breeding season for many sea and shore birds, marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals and the addition of the Humboldt current means marine life is also at its most active.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE | GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION TRUST
Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.