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In April: Green Galapagos & Wildlife season


Galapagos in April 

  • Max. temp: 85°F (29.4°C)  
  • Min. temp: 73°F (22.8°C)  
  • Sea temp.: 77°F (25.0°C)  
  • Avg. Rainfall: 1.5 in (3.8 cm) 
     

In April, the rainy season in Galapagos is over. This season is perfect in Galapagos because the volume of travelers is relatively small. April is considered by many tour operators as a low season month, so the islands are often not as busy, and prices can be reduced. During these periods, tourism in Galapagos decreases and many boats lower their prices at this time in order to attract more passengers on board. You can expect sunny weather, as wells as reduced rainfall, making April a delightful month to travel in. April is the perfect month for snorkeling and diving because of the perfect underwater visibility. 

The month of April is the perfect month for Albatross spotting, as one of the largest endemic birds; they arrive to Española during this month. The entire world population of some 12,000 pairs nest on Española Island. The first group that arrives at the end of March are composed of males. Females arrive shortly thereafter and pairs begin mating soon after reuniting. Albatrosses pair for life, with a lifespan of up to 40-50 years. In addition, Giant Tortoises hatching season ends after 120-140 days of incubation. If you are lucky enough, you could watch sea turtle emerging from the sand. This spectacle normally occurs during nighttime, but occasionally you can see it during the day. If this hatching occurs during the day, be ready to watch all kinds of predators waiting for their preys to emerge from the water. These predators include hawks, mockingbirds, boobies and pelicans.  

Giant Tortoises

Specific wildlife happenings 

Courtship dances of Waved Albatrosses on Española

One of the rarest birds in the world, the elegant Waved Albatross only nests in one place: Española Island in Galapagos. They are handsome birds: their coloring is a blending of brown, yellow and white with a bright yellow bill. These large birds can fly for days out at sea, scouring the oceans for food such as squid and fish. Although they fly very gracefully, they are awkward on land, only managing a sort of weak waddle when walking. In December, they start to leave: it is the time of year when they feed, bulking up for the months that they will spend rearing their young. By January, they aremostly gone and visitors would be extremely lucky to see one at all until they start to return in April. 

  • Where can you find them? The Waved Albatross breeds primarily on Española Island
  • When can you find them? All year round. The eggs are laid between April and June. 
  • Interesting fact: Its name derives from the wave-like pattern of its feathers1.  

Blue-footed Boobiesare in mating season, giving visitors the change to see them do their fancy dance. 

Common and cute, Blue-footed Boobies are the favorite birds of many Galapagos travelers. They prefer to nest in any open spot: many Galapagos visitors have had to walk around Boobies who impudently set up their home right on the path! During the booby-mating season, male Blue-footed Boobies do a fancy courtship dance with lots of hooting, honking and pointing their beaks skyward. This takes place on different times on different islands, but around March-April is a good time to see it.  

  • Where can you find them? They can be found on most islands in the archipelago, at the shoreline. 
  • When can you find them: All year round. 
  • Interesting fact: During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate. 
Blue – Footed Boobies

Frigatebird mating season is in full swing in April  

North Seymour is famous for bird watchers due to it being a nesting ground for blue-footed boobies and for the Frigate bird, which is equally famous for the males inflating their red throat-pouch during mating season. 

  • Where can you find it? Nesting areas on North SeymourFloreanaIsabelaGenovesa and San Cristobal
  • When can you find them? All year round. 
  • Interesting fact: Great Frigate birds steal food in mid-air from other frigates, as well as other species, like red-footed boobies and tropic birds3. 
Frigatebird

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