Giant Galapagos tortoise eggs begin hatching now, and the season lasts until April. Seeing these giant animals emerge so tiny from their eggs is a wonderful experience, and worth seeing for any wildlife and nature enthusiast. Under the water, green sea turtles start displaying mating behaviours, and snorkelling in general is great, with lots of active wildlife. Although the Humboldt Current has calmed now, adding fewer nutrients to the water. Swimming with sea lions is always an option in the Galapagos and not to be missed.
The birding is excellent at this time of year. The first baby waved albatross start to fledge, and this can be a long process for these unique birds – the only albatross to spend their lifetime in tropical climes.
December can be a wonderful time to travel to the Galapagos, and we’d highly recommend it, however spots on board ships fill up fast, so we recommend booking early to ensure you get the experience on the ship you prefer.