When is the Best Time to Visit Galápagos?

The islands are a year-round wonder—you simply can’t go wrong. Wildlife activity is always nonstop, however, there are differences in weather patterns and wildlife activity that may guide your decisions:

The “warm season” (December through May)
This season offers warmer, calmer waters (roughly 77°F and great for snorkeling) and a more tropical climate (mid-to-high 80s F and wetter). Typically it’s sunny in the mornings, clouds build in the afternoon, and a short rain shower cools everything off in the late afternoon. From January to February, the land birds begin nesting and green sea turtles start to lay their eggs. In March and April, marine iguanas nest on land, blue-footed boobies begin their mating dances, and waved albatrosses arrive on Española.

The “dry season” (June to November)
The ocean is a bit cooler, (roughly 73°F) and air temperatures are very pleasant—in the high 60s to low 70s—and, although the skies are often overcast due to a high fog called the “garua,” it almost never rains. In summer, frigatebird chicks hatch and whales and dolphins follow their migration routes.

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