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When to Go to the Galápagos

There is no bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands. There is always something interesting to see and the weather is usually great. Still, there are a few variables you may want to consider.


The Equator passes through the Islands, so it’s never frigid, but there are significant seasonal variations. From June to December, currents bring cool water and air to the Islands. The islands are cooler, there is often rain or mist (garúa) and water temperatures are cool enough that you may want a wetsuit while snorkeling. From January to May, the Islands get hotter (sometimes it’s quite brutal) and there is less rain.


There are cycles and patterns to the wildlife as well, and you should bear this in mind if seeing a particular type of animal or behavior is important to you. For example, the tortoises migrate into and out of the highlands: if you want to see them in their natural habitat, best go between January and June. If you want to see a Waved Albatross, don’t go from January to April, because they won’t be there. If you want to see a specific animal, your tour company should be able to tell you when is the best time to go.


If it’s your plan to go to the islands and either island-hop or try to find a good last-minute deal, you’ll want to do so during low tourist season. Try May-early June or late September-October. Early December is also a good time to go. If you go during high season, hotels and last-minute deals will be much harder to find.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: Striated Heron, More Isabela Visitor Sites, Floreana Visitor Site: La Loberia/Sea Lions Area, American Oystercatcher, Post Office Bay Visitor Site, Galapágos Penguin, Red-Footed Booby, Shore Birds - Galapagos, Herons and Egrets in the Galapagos and Spotted Eagle Ray.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
19 Jan 2009

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