Have a Go at Heli-skiing! A Novice’s Guide

Have a Go at Heli-skiing! A Novice’s Guide

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and skiing pro looking for a new, invigorating energy boost, then you need to get yourself booked onto a heli-skiing break. Being dropped by helicopter to tackle untouched powder runs offers an unadulterated and unforgettable thrill, and a totally immersive experience that will have you hooked! Skip the chairlifts and crowded pistes, and enjoy a vertical drop like never before.
What to Expect From Heli-Skiing

 

You might think heli-skiing is only for top athletes, but this is not so – as long as you’re willing to save up a bit of cash and have several seasons experience of skiing behind you, then you’re ready to go. Nonetheless, it does pay to do some fitness preparation beforehand, and that does involve working up some long runs down at a resort. Set yourself a tough 6-8 week plan to get yourself in the best shape possible – when heli-skiing you’re carving your own path, so getting yourself comfortable covering over 12,000 vertical feet in a day will serve you well. In particular, work on your muscle development and cardio exercise before you go – you’ll thank yourself for it when the fresh powder fights back at the end of a long day!

Another good way to prepare is to choose wisely when to go: January has great powder skiing, as the colder weather preserves the snow, but you may prefer the spring season when the lighter days allows for more time to explore. The going may also depend on where you choose to get dropped off – the grand national parks of Alaska and Canada are particular favourites among aficionados for the higher vertical drops.

Wherever and whenever you go, pack light, layer up and make sure you’re well fuelled before the trip – get in a lot of carbs at breakfast and fully hydrate yourself, as you will have a long and rewarding day ahead of you!

Precautions and Safety Tips

Make sure to check your provider closely before booking a trip. Instructors are often among the very best, but it’s always good to make sure they have proper qualifications and certification from official organisations before embarking on a trip. In particular, it pays dividends to go with an instructor who can advise you of terrain, and who can properly prepare you with avalanche safety information and how to use it. Having more than one guide in a group is also a good idea, so that one of them can act as a tail guide in case you need to slow down.

It’s worth noting that when you get dropped off by helicopter, you’re not actually jumping out, stuntman-style – you’ll dock first before you get out. Nevertheless, that’s not to say the ride itself won’t be the most intense part; many heli-skiers find it calmer when they’re out on the snow!

Of course, one of the best precautions you can take is get yourself decked out with some foolproof skiing travel insurance. Part of the thrill of heli-skiing is in the challenge, but there’s no point in facing new challenges if you don’t allow yourself to get picked back up when you don’t quite make it the first time, particularly when you’re a rookie. With comprehensive skiing travel insurance cover, you can give yourself that extra peace of mind to keep you covered for any eventuality. For the best heli-skiing travel insurance you can find, our guys at InsureMore will have the answer.

The Culinary Charm of Chamonix

The Culinary Charm of Chamonix

Renowned for its superb skiing and breath-taking scenery, Chamonix also has some truly divine places to dine. Here are a few of the best restaurants this charming ski resort has on offer all year round.
Le Cap Horn

 

This well-known and highly-regarded restaurant offers up both French and Asian-inspired plates. Dishes include a delicious honey and soy sauce pan-seared duck breast, their sumptuous fisherman’s stew and the lighter-than-air souffle au Grand Marnier.

The restaurant is situated in a beautifully rustic chalet which is decorated with little model sail boats. Make sure you reserve your table in advance at the weekend during summer and winter to avoid disappointment.

Les Vieilles Luges

Reachable only by 20-minute hike or on skis, you will certainly have earned your supper at this delightful 250-year-old farmhouse when you make it there. Sit by a crackling fire and soak up the atmosphere underneath the low wooden beams, all the while enjoying rich dishes including their signature grand-mère’s bœuf bourguignon. Wash it down with some of their very tasty mulled wine.

Crèmerie du Glacier

For all fromage fanatics among you, this cheese-lover’s paradise is a must-visit when in Chamonix. A forest chalet is the setting for Chef Claudy’s world-renowned croûte aux fromages: bread, soaked in a secret recipe white wine sauce, topped with a healthy layer of some of the best cheese in the country and baked until golden and delicious.

Auberge du Bois Prin

It’s well worth the effort heading to Les Moussoux to dine at Auberge du Bois Prin if only for the stunning views of Mont Blanc it boasts. The views, as spectacular as they are, certainly won’t be the most memorable aspect of your time here. Sample modern and traditional French plates from duck foie gras to mousseline, and don’t skip the cheese course, which is simply delectable! For those of you concerned about food miles, you will be delighted to learn that all of the vegetables and herbs used in the menu are grown in the hotel grounds, which you can look over should you choose to dine on the terrace – well worth braving the winter temperatures for!

How to Get There

Is your mouth already watering? Don’t worry – you can be in Chamonix in a jiffy! With several flights taking only 90 minutes leaving daily from the UK to Geneva, part one of your journey is simple. For part two, to get from Geneva to Chamonix you simply need to book a Shuttle Direct transfer online to bring you directly to the resort. Choose from group or private transfers and receive the same professional and friendly service every time. With journey times from Geneva to Chamonix taking approximately one hour, you could be there in time for dinner.

Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

Three Valleys is one of the best ski destinations in the world. Properly named, the region includes three valleys on the Tarentaise, which hosts eight individual resorts. With over 200 lifts and about 600km pistes to explore, Three Valleys is popular among visitors from around the world. Whether you are a novice skier or a sensation seeker, this resort has something for you. But with so many amazing resorts to choose from, how do you make a decision about where to spend your winter break?
Méribel

Méribel resort is divided into two parts. The beautiful and traditional village of Méribel is one of the more attractive French resorts, with many self-catering and catered ski huts to choose from. Higher above the valley, Méribel-Mottaret offers more ski-in skiing comforts to its inhabitants, but with aesthetic cost. Wherever you live, however, Méribel really offers something for everyone. The resort has a large selection of green, blue and red lines, with fantastic access to the rest of Three Valleys. Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

La Tania

La Tania has a good reputation as a family resort that offers good value for money. The self-service and catered ski lodge at the base of the slope is perfect for those who do not want to carry heavy exercise equipment. Above the village, the trees provide a wonderful atmosphere for beginners to face easy green runs. Views of après in La Tania are limited, but Pub Le Ski Lodge regularly hosts live bands and offers happy hour daily.

St. Martin de Belleville

This small village exudes a relaxed and pleasant alpine atmosphere. Sitting in the sun loungers down the valley from Les Menuires, St. Martin de Belleville is a traditional mountain resort with bar, restaurant and self-service ski lodge and catered at the bottom of the central runway. Chairlifts provide quick and easy access to Les Menuires and over the ridge to Méribel, so this resort is perfect for middle skiers. If you like partying, you may want to go elsewhere, because après landscape does not exist in this lonely village.

Val Thorens

At 2300m altitude, Val Thorens provides snow-peak conditions throughout the year. Beginners can access free nursery slopes from the village center, with experienced skiers who benefit from a variety of different slopes. The only downside of the resort at this altitude is that there is little shelter in if the weather is badly set. Pistes Val Thorens sits atop a tree line, and a true ski purifier will not fail to appreciate the incredible path it has to offer.

Les Menuires

Unlike the rest of the Three Valleys, visitors to Les Menuires are predominantly French, so staying here will ensure a more authentic French experience. Architecturally it is not the most attractive resort, with concrete apartment blocks dominating the horizon in the village. But the 160 km pistes test will help medium and advanced skiers, who also benefit from easy access to Méribel with the Three Valleys lift lanes. Beginners are not forgotten – there are special nurseries that run to help them hone their skills in peace. Unless the snow is nice, however, they may struggle to find enough blues that are easy to continue.

Wherever You Choose …

Whichever resort you choose in Three Valleys, it is important to choose the type of accommodation that best suits you. Three Valleys has a fantastic selection of self-catering and catered ski lodges, so you can choose the best option to suit your budget and needs. Whatever you choose, a trip to Three Valleys skiing must be a vacation of a lifetime.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Guide to Three Valleys: Our Favorite Ski Resort

North V. South: The Battle of the Poles

North V. South: The Battle of the Poles

Your breath feels like it freezes as soon as it leaves your lungs, your back and shoulders ache from carrying equipment for days and your legs are shaking – yet, somehow, you’ve never been happier.
Traveling to the Poles is the dream of many an adventure lover. These remote, inhospitable locations offer unique sights and experiences to those brave enough to venture towards their icy hearts.

 

Practicalities

For a first-timer, the safest and most practical way of embarking on a polar expedition is by joining an organised group. This way you can make the most of professional trekkers’ experience and truly enjoy the trip knowing you are in good hands. There are several good companies which specialise in polar expeditions so do your research to find one that suits your needs.

Which Pole if For You?

Teamwork and discipline are key during these trips and you’ll make lifelong friendships with those you cross the ice with. But which Pole is for you? North or South?

North V. South

A trip to the North Pole takes around three weeks and covers around 200km. To reach it, you must head out over the frozen depths of the Arctic Ocean. Underneath metres of ice is the freezing sea, so this ice moves! The drift of ice may work against you and the air is frustratingly humid so you must constantly work to keep your tent dry. Cold management is also a constant battle – keeping warm is key to survival.

Sound like fun? Other challenges include skiing against the drift of the ice and pulling your equipment hundreds of kilometres by sled…

Though these trips are hard work, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the stunning scenery as you’re not trying to win any awards. This trip is for you to gain a better knowledge of both yourself and the strange land surrounding you. A good polar expedition company will take their team at a steady pace, allowing you to absorb the misty mountains of ice and the overwhelming sense of isolation.

A trip to the South Pole is usually shorter, coming in at about a week and a half. Unlike the Arctic, the Antarctic is a continent. Underneath the ice there is firm ground so you won’t be battling ice drift here. The air is also extremely dry – the driest on earth in fact. These factors mean that habitation is possible at the South Pole. However, the Antarctic comes with its own challenges. The driving wind works with the immobile ice to create harsh ‘sastrugi’. These irregular ridges are difficult to walk on and navigate through – especially in the high altitude which can leave you breathless or dizzy. Of course, just like in the Arctic, keeping warm is difficult but essential.

Visitors to this remote region are left speechless by the icy wilderness stretching out endlessly before them, lit by the eerie 24-hour sun that never sets.

Though the Arctic and Antarctic offer very different experiences, the feeling of euphoria when you reach your goal is the same and unparalleled. How does it sound? Terrifying? Or thrilling? If the latter, a polar expedition might just be the perfect trip for you. Good luck!

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Whenever you enter the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, you should know that you have been exposed to one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. The parish boasts a capital with an interesting history; it is a small town with an opulent history. Situated on the northern coast of Jamaica, Trelawny is the fifth biggest parish of the fourteen on the island; covering a total of 333 square miles.
The parish has part of its recorded origin in the colonial past; it came into being in 1771 after a long and arduous struggle by the plantation owners for about 38 years. What is now known as Trelawny was part of the parish of St. James, now the neighboring parish, of which the capital is Montego Bay. During those times, the grouse among the island’s inhabitants was that the journey from Trelawny was too far for plantation owners to leave and travel to Montego Bay to conduct business. Their solution was the push for St. James to be divided and create another parish with its own capital.

 

The early days of Falmouth saw prosperity as Falmouth had the busiest port in Jamaica. However, that was short lived and after the abolition of slavery the economy took a nose dive. Today, the newest and busiest cruise port in Jamaica is located in Falmouth. The Falmouth Port has now been transformed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to accommodate large cruise vessels including the Harmony of the Seas which is the world’s biggest. While there are not many options of excursions to choose from in Falmouth, one can find many excursions in the surrounding towns.

Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s resort towns and is just one-hour east of Falmouth; it is blessed with numerous interesting and thrilling shore excursions. Marketed Falmouth Shore Excursions usually include the famous Dunn’s River Falls; so too are the Blue Hole Secret Falls, Mystic Mountain, River Tubing, Horse Back Ride and Swim and much more.

Heading west of Falmouth, is Montego Bay, another resort town, home to the Rose Hall Great House, Dr. Cave Beach one of the best beaches on the island, Zipline, Rockland Bird Sanctuary famous for hand feeding humming birds that live in the wild and other thrilling adventures to include Dolphin Swims.

If you will be on a cruise arriving at the port of Falmouth, there is plenty to choose from. It is important that you consider your interests and pre-book your Falmouth Shore Excursions as a Private Tour with a reliable and reputable transportation provider. You will find that by the time you disembark your luxurious sea vessel you will be off on your island adventure and be guaranteed to enjoy your already short time on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Come to Jamaica and feel alright.

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

If marketing is art, content is a masterpiece!

You see, content drives sales, but also generates keywords. According to Wikipedia, keywords are words or phrases that become popular for a certain period of time.

To be more precise, these are the words that appear in almost all marketing posts published on the internet.

You may have read it, and we can not promise you that you get the last of them any time soon!

So, anyway, here are the 10 most used keywords on the internet today.

Can we?

# 1. Virus
In the internet-less world, viruses mean bad news, because life-threatening viruses can come loose.

But on the Internet Hal, when something stalls, marketers almost always laugh to the bank! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Marketers (and almost anyone who uses social media) use the term to describe images, videos, articles, or other content types so that Internet users can not stop sharing.

# 2. Dive inside
No. It has nothing to do with swimming. Not even close to an inch of water.

In the world of digital marketing, deep diving means you will discuss the best detail of a particular topic.

Can we dive deep into the next keyword?

# 3. A thousand years
Everything, and for good reason, revolves around the millennium.

Being the greatest living generation (and the most complicated consumer), marketers do not seem to have enough of this stuff.

Nobody remembers the millennium also called generation Y, because, well. Let’s say a thousand years sounds better

# 4 Netflix and Chill
Seriously, it’s 2017, but Netflix and cold are still a marketing sensation, even in the dating industry.

Technically, Netflix and the cold are happening when your love interest ends for a love-making session and a Netflix watch session (both at the same time!).

Theoretically, it could mean anything, from binge eating on Netflix, to bonding on Netflix! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

# 5. ROI (Return on Investment)
Long ago, ROI was the phrase used by investment professionals and corporate honchos.

Fortunately, it spilled into the marketing world, and marketers made a killing with him. Drag the digital marketing blog in your browser and you will be very lucky not to find the acronym.

In addition to the buzz, ROI describes the efficiency and forecast of the financial returns of a marketing or campaign program.

# 6. Infographics
Marketers are always trying to create new content formats to encourage consumer engagement.

Infographics are one of the latest discoveries that really take off and, as a result, most of the information we consume today is presented in visual charts.

# 7. Leaders of Thought
No formal school offers courses in thinking leadership, but that does not mean we can not think of leaders.

It is a professional with an authoritative and influential view of certain things. This is a good thing, except for the fact that everyone who has hacked it into marketing or branding thinks they are leaders of thought.

# 8. Large data
The big data is the data science product (which is also a keyword).

Digital marketers use large data (large data volumes) to make day-to-day marketing decisions.

Just listen to marketers The term big data must be in the first 100 words they say!

# 9. SoLoMo
Because, who has time to say social media, local media and mobile apps in one sentence?

# 10. Toughness
Hyperlinks are everywhere, and sometimes internet users like to click on them. When a link attracts thousands (or millions) of clicks, marketers will tell you that this site has high clicks.

In other words, the link in question is a gateway for super-awesome content.

In conclusion …
You may cringe every time you see a keyword, but let’s face it: they will not go any time soon!

Sure, some will die naturally with time, but others – like viruses – have been immortalized by social media!

What do you think of this keyword? Any words or phrases you want to include in the list? Join us in the comments section!

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Trekking Tours And Other Things To Do In Vietnam

Trekking Tours And Other Things To Do In Vietnam

Who does not like to go on vacation? A few weeks in a far place where you can immerse yourself in rest, relaxation and other cultures.

One country that may not be the top of your list, but certainly, is Vietnam.

A country full of culture, history, and a place to relax to truly relax, there is something everybody should do there.

Let’s look at some great things to do in Vietnam.

Experience The Most Beautiful Culture in Relaxation While You are Visiting Vietnam
When you visit an exotic location, it is always useful to have an idea of ​​what you want to do. You do not need to schedule a trip to-time, but the general plan does not hurt.

What kind of things to do in Vietnam, you may ask?

Let’s see right now.

Trekking Tours Help you explore this magnificent country

What better way to explore the country than on foot? Get up close to the scenery, to the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of this hidden gem. Vietnam’s trekking tour is a popular way to see the country. However, some of the best are in the northern part of the land. Here you can leave the main tour behind and stay with the locals in their home, and experience the true Vietnam.

Visit War Time Museum Trekking Tours And Other Things To Do In Vietnam

The Vietnam war museum is a stunning and poignant place to visit. Describe the brutality of the conflict and the impact of civilians. If you love culture, then this is for you.

Pagoda Travel Offers A Relaxing Cultural Experience

There are several visit-based pagodas and day trips that you can take, offering amazing ways to explore the country, see the sights and experience the tranquility that is the culture of Vietnam.

Galore Day Trips Mean You are Never Short of Things to do in Vietnam

With so much to see and do, a day trip is a great way to make sure you see all the things you need to see in a country like Vietnam.

From the Mekong Delta tour to Halong Bay and even travel north to this country to places like Hoa Lu and Tam Coc. You will be hard pushed to run out of great things to do in Vietnam.

Hit the Caves if You Feel Adventurous

For those who want to get a little adventure while on vacation, there are some caves in Vietnam that offer what you are looking for.

From the vastness of Han Son Doong, the world’s largest cave to the Tu Lan cave, where a day trip will see you walk and swim past the caves before you reach the secluded beach where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

Vietnam Offers a tourist paradise Trekking Tours And Other Things To Do In Vietnam
Whether you want to sit and relax in a hanging pond, take a walk in the forest and enjoy a relaxing cultural experience, Vietnam is one of the few holiday destinations that offer it all in a single package.

Covering tropical and temperate weather conditions, it has sunshine, rain and humidity, so having a game plan to do in Vietnam means you do not need to get caught unprepared.

Will luxury yachting go green

Will luxury yachting go green

Driven by electric propulsion and a radical aesthetic, the EAU concept electric luxury yacht by Tjep, reimagines a cleaner future for the luxury yacht industry…
The impact of leisure boating on marine environments is a well-documented problem. Even as regulations seek to alleviate the issue, engine emissions and the incorrect disposal of waste by yachts contribute to marine pollution. Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema proposes to veto this with the introduction of the EAU concept electric luxury yacht.

Considering the growing projection of the automobile industry towards electrically-operated vehicles, Frank anticipates the same influence in the yacht building industry. He prophesies that although the pace of progress is extremely low, developments in areas such as electric cargos, hydrogen trucks and electric cars (TESLA) will find their way to the luxury yacht industry ultimately, by increasing the availability of large volume on-board electricity storage and charging points in ports. In such a scenario, questions Frank, “Would it not be nice if the leisure category, where there’s an abundance of capital, would lead the way? Why should enjoyment be combined with heavy pollution?”

Taking a step in the desired direction, Frank has conceptualised EAU to precision – at a length of 63 m, width of 13.5 m and beam of 18 m. Designed to have 100% electric propulsion with a speed of 25 knots, the yacht will host 12 cabins, a swimming pool and a helipad, its hull and superstructure crafted from aluminium. The future for a green yacht industry looks bright since Tjep. has been shortlisted for Yacht Concept over 40 Metres Award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2018.

But, the EAU yacht isn’t just at the technological frontier of this industry; it also floats aesthetic qualities that represent the ultimate in cleanliness. Pushing simplicity and refinement to its limit, the design is inspired by the qualities of water. The design’s most striking element is a water droplet-shaped wheelhouse that floats like an abstract sculpture above the deck. The yacht also uses familiar elements from traditional yacht craftsmanship, such as the way in which wooden planks form the layered lines along the hull of wooden ships.

Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Every dedicated teacher continues to look for ways to encourage the imagination of young learners. Organizing a school trip to bring a dusty page of history to life is (or should be) at the top of the list. No subject benefited more than the opportunity to visit sites where past monumental events had occurred, and no subject offered so many choices when planning school trips.
Exploring the Normandy Heritage Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

The Normandy region of France is a logical choice for school trips, with several sites related to medieval studies to the bloody battles of World War II. From the foundation level to the GCSE level, students can benefit from various programs in museums and monuments, many of which can be tailored specifically to curriculum requirements.

History of the Middle Ages

For students studying the Norman Conquest, the trip to Normandy led them to where it all began. Visiting the Bayeux rugs introduced them to early medieval art; these preserved magnificent artifacts are one of the most valuable historical sources available to teach the period to the students. As a complete and compelling visual narrative of the events surrounding the Norman Conquest, this serves as a real learning aid to inspire deeper appreciation of the era, both for the primary and secondary groups. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Falaise Castle is another very important site for those who focus on the Middle Ages. The birthplace of William the Conqueror is a great example of medieval architecture, and visiting the site allows students to give knowledge of this important sovereignty, the first Norman King of England, into the historical context.

Modern history

For young people who study the events of World War II, Normandy is an active learning center, with many sites and monuments related to combat performed on French soil. No amount of textbook reading can come close to a deep experience of visiting beaches and battlefields where these events took place and so many youths lost their lives.

The WWII site in the region serves as a serious war heritage and provides an excellent source of education, not just for historical subjects, but also related to politics and social studies. The tour of the cemetery and the battlefield brings home the real reality of war and can not but leave an indelible imprint on young hearts and minds, while a museum with cutting-edge technology serves to bring the drama of the Normandy invasion into real life.

But more than simply providing an opportunity to elaborate facts and meet the curriculum requirements, visiting the WWII site in Normandy is an opportunity for an educator to give young people an insight into the gravity of war, its consequences and impact. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Accessible Destinations

This beautiful part of France is capable of sparking a passion for history and learning in groups of various ages in curricular studies, making it the perfect destination for school trips. It’s also very practical in terms of budget and logistics, with the Channel Crossing from Folkestone ensuring a quick trip from the UK.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school trips for schools and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

The uniqueness of life on the Galapagos Islands is well documented and, for nature lovers, a visit to this region can be an inspiring and life-changing experience. For those who embark on the Galapagos wildlife voyage, understanding the reasons behind its extreme diversity can contribute to a deeper appreciation of this remarkable part of the world.
Natural phenomena Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

There is one natural phenomenon that can take great credit for the abundance and diversity of marine and terrestrial animals in the archipelago. The cool Humboldt now comes from Antarctica, driven by strong winds to flow to the west coast of South America and push the cool waters toward the path through the Galapagos Islands. It brings with it the nutrients it collects from dead and rotten objects on the seafloor, and when mixed with the warm Southern Equatorial currents, these nutrients rise from deep to maintain the plankton that form the basis of the food chain on the island. .

This current affects every aspect of life, both on land and around the ocean.

Water Temperature: Some people who visit Galapagos wildlife voyage are stunned by the cold water temperature, due to the Humboldt current. June to December is when the ocean is the coldest, because these months are marked by rising currents. From November to May, the flow is still there, but significantly weaker, allowing warmer waters to reach the islands. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

Weather Pattern: The current is also responsible for two different seasons experienced in the archipelago: cool winters and warmer monsoon seasons. In the dry months (from June to October), strong trade winds cause currents to rise. Because the waters around the island are cooler, less evaporation, and therefore fewer rain clouds are formed. While Galapagos wildlife cruises can be enjoyed at any time of the year, two seasons can offer a very different experience.

Wild Animals: Even beyond these remote islands, Humboldt’s presence can be felt and credited as “the world’s most productive sea eco system” – responsible for 20% of the world’s amazing marine catch. Every single species – reptiles, mammals, birds, invertebrates or marine – on every single island, including the surrounding waters, is influenced by and dependent on this strong current. Nutrient waters that are brought directly or indirectly provide a source of food that supports large wildlife populations. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

El Niño Effect

Current current effects may be most clearly visible when nonexistent. During a weather phenomenon known as El Niño, it is attenuated by warmer winds and decreases in air pressure. During these times, which occur cyclically every two to seven years, there is a marked decrease in the activity of local wildlife breeding. There are much fewer fish, and therefore a very large source of food in the archipelago, resulting in large numbers of animals starving to death.

The complex and definitive role played by these cold ocean currents in maintaining the rich biodiversity of the islands is an interesting aspect of one of the most interesting places on the planet. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

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Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance writer with special interests in the Galapagos Islands. For those interested in the Galapagos wildlife voyage, Marissa recommends travel plans organized by Naturetrek, which has brought its unforgettable sightings of the various species in one of the most spectacular areas on Earth.