Monday 24 February 2020

Quasar Expeditions Shares Six Reasons to Visit the Galapagos in Autumn

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A popular hot spot for cruise, wildlife, nature and adventure lovers, Quasar Expeditions, the pioneers of small yacht cruising in the region shares their top reasons for visiting the archipelago during the autumn months.

Less Crowds
For travellers who enjoy the luxury of space, the autumn months from September to early December present the best opportunity to soak up the peace and quiet of nature, and without being rushed. Outside of the busy summer months, this is when crowds are significantly smaller, allowing for more relaxed cruise excursions and wildlife observations.

More Flexibility
Along with the more relaxed environment, travellers benefit from the extended stays at the different stops. With fewer travellers around looking to have their turn at swimming or snorkelling among sea lions, photographing wildlife, or simply exploring the islands, visitors are afforded more time at each location to enjoy a deeper connection with the Galapagos.

Unrivalled Whale and Dolphin Watching
Whales and dolphins in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are at their highest numbers and most active during the autumn months. This is the best time for visitors to see multiple species of dolphins, orcas, massive sperm whales, humpbacks, and even the world’s largest animal, the blue whale.

Sun-drenched Mild Weather
One of the biggest advantages of visiting the Galapagos during autumn is the mild weather. While the Galapagos is always relatively moderate in its temperature changes throughout the year, it does have distinct wet and dry seasons. Between September and December however, the islands experience its mildest and driest season all year. On average, travellers can expect daytime highs of around 20°C and water temperatures at around 22°C.

Perfect Wildlife Viewing and Photography
Apart from not being too warm or chilly, the comfortable mild weather at this time of year provides the best conditions for observing and photographing the islands’ robust wildlife. With rain being incredibly rare and with light clouds a common occurrence, there is no better time for nature photography and birdwatching. The mild weather and lack of crowds and noise also mean animals are more active and visible.

Nestling Sea Turtles and Penguins
Santa Cruz Island a well-known nesting place for the giant Galapagos sea turtles during the autumn months. Apart from turtles, penguins of the Galapagos are also at their most active this time of year, particularly throughout September when they can be seen nesting on the rocks.

Quasar Expeditions offers two cruise itineraries on board their M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace vessels. Starting at US$6,700 for the M/V Evolution and US$7,800 for the M/Y Grace, rates include all meals, day tours, expert guides and transfers. Photo Safaris led by award-winning photographers are also available for photography enthusiasts.

For more information, visit Quasar Expeditions and speak to your preferred South American specialist.

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