Dear Traveler,

Galapagos is well-known as one of the world´s Natural Wonders. And this well-deserved title does not come from the fact that Charles Darwin was inspired by the islands, or because visitors can take wonderful pictures, but because the Galapagos is one of the very few places on earth where you will have the privilege of witnessing how the world was without humans.

Of course there are people in the islands (both visitors and residents), but we all are mere observers, following strict rules so we don´t interfere with the animals’ behavior and the islands’ natural processes.

In January, 2013, I will lead two very special trips to the Galapagos: one to the western islands, and the other to the eastern islands. Whichever you choose, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience! In January, after the Christmas and New Year’s high season has passed, the islands became quieter, the waters warm up, the seas become calmer and some of the islands’ signature species, like sea turtles, red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and marine and land iguanas become more active and start to reproduce. The first light rains coat the Galapagos’ sun-baked landscape with patches of spring greenery. Land birds immediately react to the arrival of rain and the usually silent, leafless forest comes to life with their calls and displays, as well as a variety flowers.

I think the transition from the dry season to the rainy season (Dec and Jan) is one of the most enchanting and interesting times to visit the Galapagos, because you can see how animals celebrate the end of the drought (and because the snorkeling is fabulous!).

Whether you enjoy snorkeling, nature walks, photography, or all of it, I invite you to join me on one of our January departures to the Galapagos Islands aboard one of our two very comfortable ships: the Galaxy and the Reina Silvia.

I look forward to seeing you soon, and sharing with you everything that is so wonderful about the Galapagos!

Luis Die
Head Naturalist Guide, Galapagos Islands
About Luis Die
Luis Die was born in Seville, Spain, and is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in environmental biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galápagos for more than a decade. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis is has a Master’s Degree in geographical ecology and is active with conservation groups on the mainland. Luis is a born teacher and enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galápagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife and twin sons and is our head naturalist guide, working exclusively with Mountain Travel Sobek.