While the volcano on Santa Cruz island, where Hotel Solymar is located, is dormant other younger islands are still developing around the archipelago. Referred at times as the "Islands born of Fire" in the last 200 years there have been 50 volcanic eruptions, creating new land as well as threatening endemic fauna. One could include the new pāhoehoe lava flow on Santiago Island, that was unseen in Darwin's time.
One of Galapagos' most notable features is its harsh and volcanic landscape. Like Hawai'i, the islands are located over an area of hot mantle that basically burns through earth's crust, creating volcanic activity. At these "hot spots," volcanic eruptions pile upon older volcanic eruptions over millennia until the volcanic earth is pushed up to the surface of the ocean --forming our enchanted islands.
When is the best time to visit Galapagos?
Galapagos are islands that can be visited year round. There are 2 seasons, the dry season and the wet season.
The dry season or garua, season, which runs from July to December. "Garua" refers to the fog and mist that common hangs on the higher elevations during this season. During this season visitors may observe a large number of species around the islands and ocean such as giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, cormorants, oyster catchers, lava gulls, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, etc. Diving is the recommended activity during these months.
The hot or wet season lasts from January through June, with March and April generally being the wettest months. During this season visitors may witness a large number of animals around the islands and ocean such as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, etc. Snorkeling is the recommended activity during these months.