Galapagos Islands

When to go to the Galapagos Islands

Information to Help You Plan Your Safari

The islands of the Galapagos straddle the equator in the Pacific Ocean, and as with most destinations here at 0° latitude, the archipelago does not experience any particularly drastic changes in climate throughout the year. That said, there are two distinct seasons here, and although the differences between them are less pronounced than in many other places, it is worth bearing this in mind when planning your Galapagos safari.

Many activities in the Galapagos can be enjoyed year-round, but some months can be better than others due to cooler temperatures or calmer seas, for example. In addition, many animals will abide by predictable behaviour patterns, so if you're looking to see avian courtship rituals or nesting sea turtles, you will want to travel at a particular time of year. Take a look through this page, and our month-by-month breakdown, to find out when the Galapagos is best for you.

When to go

This is a guide for the country as a whole, indicating good times to plan a holiday, taking into account popular places to visit, wildlife encounters and overall weather. Please remember that where in the country will vary depending on month of travel.

When to go by season

The Warmer Months

The warmest weather in these incredible islands occurs between December and May, when the average maximum temperature is a warm 30 ºC and the water temperature will usually be a welcoming 25 ºC. Heavy showers are common during these months, but are usually brief and can be quite refreshing.

The Cooler Months

A cooler weather period runs from June to November, and whilst there is little rain it can often be foggy or overcast. The sea temperature will be slightly cooler at this time of year, at around 22 ºC. June to August is also the highest international tourist season, so if you're planning to travel during this time, be prepared to book well in advance and prepare for busy attractions and higher prices. It is also worth considering that the seas are roughest between July and October, so this might be a good time to avoid for those who suffer from seasickness.

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