Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

The Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy is often revered as one of the nicest canals to navigate in France, with beautiful scenery that features charming French houses and colourful greenery. There are lots of historical sites to visit along the way too, including cathedrals, abbeys and markets. Length and Route
This 242-kilometre-long waterway connects Burgundy to Paris. If you want to expore the canal on a barge holiday in France, I would recommend travelling on the Saône Tiver from Saint Jean de Losne to Dijon, before winding down towards Monereau, passing through Yvonne, to finally reach the Seine. History and Feats of Engineering

 

Conceptualised in the seventeenth century, this canal is an incredibly well thought-out chef d’oeuvre of engineering, perfect for your barge holiday in France. The waterway opened in 1832 and took over 50 years to build. It features 127 locks, the most impressive of which is at Pouilly-en-Auxois. This lock is continuously filled by an underground reservoir via a tunnel system; it serves as a watershed from which the water flows both towards Dijon in the south and towards Migennes in the north.

The canal boasts many ingenious features. Its best one, though, is the tunnel which links the Pouilly-en-Auxois lock with the small port of Escommes. It is a very narrow two-and-a-half-mile-long underground passageway that was dug out from the rock in the early nineteenth century. Even today, it remains an essential connection between the north and south of France. Attractions en Route

The great thing about a barge holiday in France is that the canal wends its way through a number of beautiful French cities, giving you time to explore their history and soak in a little local culture. Cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne allows you to explore the Northern and Southern areas of the region.

In the north, be sure to visit the Abbaye de Fontenay. Though founded in the early 1100s, its structure has been incredible well-maintained with its cloisters, scriptorium and dormitories still intact. It’s a breathtaking piece of architecture, and now that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, even its gardens and ponds retain their original glory.

As you travel further down south, you’ll want to visit the monumental Notre-Dame de Dijon. It’s a Gothic-style church with an ornamented façade that boasts gorgeous columns and archways, as well as the typical gargoyles. Inside, you’ll find lovely colourful stain-glass paintings. Both edifices are an unmissable time capsule, the first providing unrivalled insight into Cistercian life and industry, while the second lets you revisit French Catholic practices.

If you have time, you should also stroll through Dijon’s market. It wouldn’t be a barge holiday in France without sampling French wines, local cheeses and artisanal breads. There are also pâté and terrine stalls that are worth a visit, as well as local delicacies like snails on offer. Make sure to try Dijon’s famous mustard and take some back with you as a souvenir. It’s a real treat for the tastebuds!

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury itineraries for a barge holiday in France and other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

Listen up skiers! Summer’s heading for the exit and you know what that means. You, your best mates and some ski runs to conquer…
That’s all nice and simple, but there’s still the tricky choice of where to go. There are loads of great ski resorts to choose from in Europe, each with their own incredible set of pistes and happening après-ski scene. Want my advice? For me, the only way is Morzine in the huge 650km Portes du Soleil area: a scintillating selection of runs (ranging from intermediate to expert), and off the snow entertainment that’s perfect for both party animals and more laid-back customers. You can thank me later.

 

Ripping Après Ski

When the sun sets on Morzine it becomes one hell of a party town. And because it’s not too big, wherever the night starts your next port of call is probably just around the corner. These are my picks (discovered through detailed ‘research’) of the best joints.

• The Tibetan Café – start the evening’s entertainment at this energetic spot. • Bar Robinson – one of Morzine’s most popular bars is a great place to take things up a notch. • Dixie Bar – chillers will dig this easy-going sports bar and its live music. • The Cavern – want to party into the small hours? Look no further. • Le Crepu – open till 2am and just right for winding down after a heavy night.

Some Awesome Skiing

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, meaning you have the pick of as much as 650km of pistes, just waiting to be tackled. With this selection of the best areas to go, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the group.

• Avoriaz – freestylers rejoice! This nearby resort has six terrain parks as well as plenty of gnarly high-altitude powder runs to strut your stuff. • Le Pleney – close to Morzine and with a great spread of blues, challenging reds and steep wide runs, Le Pleney is perfect for intermediates in search of real challenges. • Les Gets – high-altitude powder runs are the name of the game here.

And Still More Fun

If you fancy a day or two’s break from the skiing but can’t bring yourself to abandon the snow all together, then why not have a go at snowmobiling (either solo or with a guide depending on your confidence), ice skating or snowshoeing? Even winter paragliding’s an option. Believe me when I say it’s completely unlike anything you’ll have done before.

Morzine also has an active entertainment and leisure scene off the slopes. With a cinema, indoor swimming pool, ice-hockey games every week and spa treatments there’s no chance of boredom striking.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine with Shuttle Direct is like going down a green run. Easy. Pre-book a Geneva to Morzine transfer and once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and your mates travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and lively nights of top-notch après ski.

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

For many couples, penetration activity is by far the preferred form of sensual involvement, but it does not have to be the only way in which two people are connected sensually. Self-pleasuring is also a big part of one’s sensual life, and sharing with a partner can be the best way to add new levels of intimacy to a relationship. People overshadow themselves, of course and as a male organ health aid, so why not put it in a couple’s game? Of course, some individuals may be a bit shy or reserved about satisfying themselves in front of the couple – so some fun simple games can help “break the ice.” Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

What are some self-pleasuring games that couples may employ to add a new dimension to their sensual life? The possibilities are endless, but there are some ideas to get started. Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

Use dice

A pair of dice can be useful as self-help in many ways. For example, give odd numbers to females and genes to males. Roll the dice. If the number is odd, the woman begins to stimulate herself; if not, the man did not. Say “six” rolled up. The man began to stroke and keep stroking when she rolled the dice again. If even again, he keeps caressing, and does it until she screwed oddly – at which point he was satisfying himself and the man rolled over. Play this way until the release is reached. Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

As a variation, one player rolls the dice and the other player must overcome his maturity or rub her female organs how many times appear in the dice. Players can also decide that instead of caressing themselves, they are caressing their partner. Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

Use card

Game cards can also be useful to facilitate the pleasure of self with a partner. A simple poker strip game can be used to invite naked participants. After the players release all their clothes, they can then put a number of punches into the hands of poker – such as, “I saw your four strokes and increased all three.” Anyone who loses a hand then rubs or rubs themselves the required number.

Alternatively: assign two suits (say, diamonds and hearts) to the woman and the two (shovels and donkeys) to the man. Flip deck top card; Everyone’s settings reveal their own stroke number. So nine clubs meant the man fired at his members nine times. (Facial cards can be designated as 10 each.) Keep turning until all the cards have been played, then start again – but this time, the number of strokes doubled. So the ace requires two strokes, two need four, etc.

Playing hide and seek

Traditional rules apply, except for naked players. Hidden players begin to get complacent once they are hidden; seekers once they finish counting.

Customize the drinking game

Many drinking games involve watching TV shows or movies and drinking every time a certain word is said or a situation occurs. Try this, except set rules for pleasure and not drinks. As an example:

– Self-stimulates ten strokes each time the name of the main character is mentioned.

– Each time there is a number mentioned, stroke ten times that figure.

– When watching a horror movie, start stimulating yourself when the scary music starts and continues until it stops.

The self-pleasuring game can add passion for long-term relationships – but men want to make sure their members are in good shape for this kind of tournament. Using a superior male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be mild and safe for the skin) can help. Look for a creme that includes L-arginine, an amino acid that helps produce an effect that keeps the male organ vein open and receives proper blood flow. The best creme should also include acetyl L carnitine, which protects against peripheral nerve damage that can occur during coarse self-indulgence and which can reduce sensitivity in adulthood. Prepare to make the game more fun! Self-Pleasuring Game: Starting a Couple of Fun

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.

 

Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

A French barge cruise on one of European Waterways luxurious, fully-crewed barge hotels is an experience to remember. We firmly believe that there is no better way to explore the Continent than from the water.
The Nymphea hosts our French barge cruise in the Loire Valley, passing under the remarkable five-arch bridge of the Château de Chenonceau. Built in a pale grey stone, the bridge’s symmetrical curves are juxtaposed against the castle’s pointed turrets and enchant our guests time and time again

 

It’s not only architecture and engineering buffs who fall in love on the banks of the River Cher. The unique history of the Château – spanning from the early sixteenth century to the modern day – is well worth discovering.

Hidden Histories

Cruising beneath the repeated arches of the gallery aboard our French barge cruise, our guests often wonder who created them.

Today we are looking at some of the famous inhabitants of the ‘Ladies’ Château’ – the women who shaped both this beautiful building and France.

The Mistress: Diane de Poitiers

Intellectual, royal-favourite Diane de Poitiers lived in sixteenth-century France; no decorative wallflower, Diane was intelligent and politically savvy. She became so well-liked by King Henry II that she often wrote and signed official correspondence on his behalf using the portmanteau ‘HenriDiane’.

Diane was also the King’s mistress for over two decades – perhaps the most powerful woman in the country. As Henry’s mistress she was given the Château de Chenonceau. Diane not only lovingly developed the gardens, she commissioned the stunning arched bridge spanning the river – one of the most iconic architectural features of the Loire Valley.

The Wife: Catherine de’Medici

Catherine de’Medici was the wife of Henry II and, understandably, was jealous Diane’s influential position in Henry’s court. After Henry’s death Catherine forced Diane de Poitiers, the legal owner of the property, to leave and triumphantly took possession herself. Determined to make the Château her own, Catherine installed a grand gallery running across Diane’s bridge – the strong-willed widow had successfully displaced the trusted mistress.

Under Catherine’s management, the castle became the site for many extravagant parties and, rumour has it, the first ever firework display in France lit up the sky over one of her night time revels.

The Saloniste: Louise Dupin

During the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century French women were at the centre of literary, artistic and cultural advancements. Louise Dupin, who lived in the Château de Chenonceau with her husband, formed a literary salon there which drew in leaders of the Enlightenment movement such as Voltaire, Condillac, Buffon and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle.

An intelligent woman herself, Louise saved the building during the widespread destruction of property prompted by the Revolution. Louise pointed out that the arched bridge provided a rare crossing place on the river essential for the movement of people and trade. As a result of her quick thinking and bravery we can enjoy the splendour of the Château de Chenonceau in the twenty-first century.

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

Whether you love hanging out underwater or exploring the Amazonian jungle, in this day and age, we all want to record our experiences for posterity. Unfortunately, even the fanciest smartphone just doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the desert, or survive a dive into the depths of the ocean.
Why should you compromise on quality images, portability, or special features? Good news: you don’t have to! There are loads of brilliant travel cameras on the market specifically designed to survive challenging environments – as well as connect to WiFi, record stunning 4K videos and more.

 

Of course, not all travel cameras are created equal! Here are three of the best that will perfectly capture the moment allowing you to share your adventures with friends and family and create hundreds of jealousy-inducing social media posts!

TRAVELLER’S TIP: Just as essential as the gear is the gadget travel insurance to protect it. Check out Let’s Go Insure’s independent and super cheap gadget travel insurance to bag the best deal.

GoPro HERO5

The GoPro HERO5 is a seriously practical camera – the perfect all-rounder. Easy to slip into a pocket, the gadget is portable and light so it won’t slow you down. Though it has a one-touch record facility (super useful by the way!),an additional feature is voice command. With just a word you can begin filming instantaneously and you won’t miss a thing. This is also handy if the camera is mounted in a less accessible place, such as at the front of a helmet or the handlebars of a mountain bike! The rugged little camera is happy at depths of up to 33ft and records video in a sharp 4K.

Nikon COOLPIX W300

The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is particularly handy for those who love diving beneath the waves and want to capture what they see down there. It is waterproof to an impressive 100ft and its sleek design means it won’t hold you back during dives. The COOLPIX has a great vibration reduction feature allowing you to capture smoother video and sharper photographs. If you do fancy filming any marine wildlife, you won’t be disappointed by the footage as the camera shoots in 4K and Full HD. The COOLPIX W300 is a hardy gadget and is shock proof from over 2 metres.

Olympus Tough TG-5

This travel camera should appeal to the photography enthusiasts out there as there are a whole range of accessories and add-ons available. From cases to extra lenses, you can build your perfect camera and travel with a range of gear to suit the challenges of different environments. From lenses that increase the zoom up to 7 times to an F2.0 aperture lens for shooting on the go, this action gadget is a one-stop-shop for all your needs.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S TIP: Make sure to make the most of the Olympus Tough TG-5’s microscopic modes. These modes enable you to get up close and personal with nature and capture unique images in breath-taking detail.

With these inspiring travel cameras your holiday snaps will never again be dull – it’s time to get creative! And with Let’s Go Insure’s gadget travel insurance you’ll pay the minimum price for optimal cover of your precious purchase. Bon voyage!

Exceptional Gender Recommendations

Exceptional Gender Recommendations

For people who have never had sexual intercourse before, you will find important Commands to be followed in writing. This suggestion will allow your first-period adventures to be great: you will not only be met, but you may also feel good.
Inch. Important to secure

Very Good, Relationships May Not Be Fully Secure, but It’s Still Possible to do some things to be more secure. To begin with, a woman must be sure that the man is wearing a condom before the sensual appears, and also when she uses household pills or planning. Moreover, married couples should talk about their various sexual histories. Although it can be perceived adversely, many heterosexual women have a high likelihood of becoming sexually transmitted infections when compared to adult males. Exceptional Gender Recommendations

2. Make sure you are stimulated ahead of the action

Very nice to actually flip. To get a girl, It’s Vital that you function is also lubricated. If the vagina is not moist, it will soon become a challenge for adulthood to absorb and cause pain due to friction. Along with this, condoms can tear. Take advantage of sex toys for men made with this specific reason other than water-based bottom to get wet.

3. Sit inside and outside to relieve stress

Speaking broadly, gender 1 time Can not just never wracking, But additional tense celebration, also pain can also certainly be present in some respects. But to fix this, then you usually need a long heavy thrust to escape and release your tension. Exceptional Gender Recommendations

4. Do not be too anticipated

Many First-time sufferers usually place their pubs substantially and have high anticipation. You Want to Realize That gender really is a learning procedure, you simply achieve improvement over time, especially since you know how to know the demand of a person’s peer Sensual and eventually become familiar with each other. Exceptional Gender Recommendations

Tip for reconciliation with your wife

Tip for reconciliation with your wife

Many are having problems in their marriage and most of the time, people believe that the easiest way to get rid of this problem is to get a divorce. They believe that they have tried everything to do their wedding work again, but in fact they are not even looking for professional relationship assistance. It’s better to settle this relationship problem early on, because they love snowballing downhill and in time they can become bigger and bigger, making them almost too big to stop. Tip for reconciliation with your wife
When you observe that your wife is not satisfied, also when you have to start acting. The first and foremost thing you should do is communicate with your wife. This is the key to any successful relationship. Generally it is known that men are not so involved in communication, and this is a big mistake that makes their wives stop having the same feelings towards them as it was at first. Take your wife to dinner to a good restaurant or prepare a romantic dinner at home and talk to her. To save your marriage, be obliged to sit down and talk with your wife, no matter how long the discussion will last. You should discuss about the things that bother him and the reason why he wants to end the marriage. Tip for reconciliation with your wife

It is advisable to think about your own actions as well, as you may have done some things that really bother her even without realizing it. It may be difficult for a man to be reflective, thinking that you never made a mistake. However, if you ask any woman, this is definitely not true. Men should think about their actions and even ask their wives if such actions are the reason to experience problems in their marriage. It is advisable to try to correct the error as this will be an important step in saving the marriage.

However, if none of these solutions prove to be efficient, and you still want to save your marriage, because the woman you marry is The One, you should seek a relationship coach. Many people avoid going to relationship counselors, thinking that it is embarrassing, while others argue that if they do not manage to save their own marriage, a foreigner will certainly not succeed. However, many things are not thought of many people. If the trainer has a background in psychology and extensive experience in the domain, it is most likely to help you and your wife reconnect and rekindle the fire between the two of you. All you have to do is look for a professional and experienced relationship coach, because in this way you can be sure that the result is what you expect.

Being on the verge of divorce is definitely something nobody wants to experience. This is the reason why specialists suggest communicating with couples as often as possible and discussing matters and actions that may affect the quality of the relationship. Tip for reconciliation with your wife

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are blessed with a climate that means there’s never really a bad time to visit. Visitor numbers to each of the islands are strictly monitored by the national park conservancy, however, so most wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be in the same peak periods in order to minimise the impact on the habitat and animal species.
While the archipelago is on the Equator, the weather is not tropical. It has its own microclimate that could best be defined as sub-tropical in nature. There are two seasons – the dry season and the wet season – and, while it can be visited year round, the best wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be centred around the months between November and February.

 

Fast Facts on the Galapagos Climate

• The weather in the archipelago is governed by the ocean currents. It is at the convergence of three major currents: the Humboldt, the Panama and the Cromwell.

• Even though the archipelago is located in the tropics it has a unique microclimate, which is surprisingly dry.

• The El Niño weather phenomenon occurs every 5-7 years, causing sea levels to rise markedly.

• The El Niño effect can have a negative effect on the marine wildlife of the islands – particularly the sea lions and Marine Iguanas.

• In the warm season, temperatures average from 27ºC to 32ºC and water temperatures are between 21ºC to 26ºC.

• In the dry season, temperatures average from 21ºC to 27ºC and water temperatures are between 18ºC to 24ºC.

• The warmest months are January and February, while the coolest are from May to September.

• Due to its equatorial position, the archipelago has an equal number of daylight and darkness hours throughout the year.

The Warm Season: December to May

The most popular time for wildlife holidays in Galapagos are the months between November and May. Both the air and water temperatures are higher and it is peak breeding time for land birds and nesting turtles.

Although this time of the year is classified as the rainy season, there is also plenty of sunshine around. Periods of rain are usually short (although daily), interspersed with warm, sunny stretches. The islands are teeming with active wildlife and the warmer oceans provide calm seas and better visibility, making the perfect conditions for snorkelling and swimming.

The Dry Season: June to December

In the dry season, the Humboldt Current coming from the southernmost reaches of South America sets a chill in the ocean and the trade winds bring colder and often stormy weather. Mist settles around the high altitudes – this is the time the highlands are at their most verdant and lush. Due to the nutrient-rich waters brought by the southern currents, there are huge numbers of fish in the waters surrounding the archipelago. This results in a greater number of seabirds, including penguins and albatross. However, the chillier oceans are not quite as appealing for snorkelers or divers, and guided wildlife holidays in Galapagos are not as frequent.

How the Weather Affects Biodiversity

The islands’ three distinct ecosystems are all strongly affected by the weather patterns. In the years of El Niño, the terrestrial region is abundant with flower and fruit bearing plants, which also causes an increase in the populations of insects and birds. The marine ecosystem thrives with the arrival of the Humboldt Current, but the colder oceanic temperatures mean that the seaweed on which the Marine Iguanas and sea lions rely as a food source is greatly diminished. This causes problems not just in the immediate population, but also sees a decline in reproduction. In the years of La Niña (which produces the opposite conditions to El Niño), the reverse of all these effects is true in all three ecosystems.