When to visit?

The Galapagos Islands is one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world. Thirteen main islets make up the Galapagos, with only four of the 13 housing a population. The Island are most famous for being the home of a wide range of animals not seen anywhere else in the world; from the lava lizards, booby bird, to giant sea tortoises. Famous scientist Charles Darwin made the place known thanks to his studies of evolution and the species on the animals residing in the islands. Today many tourists, divers, and enthusiasts visit the islands for its topographical and ecological wonders.

When to visit the Galapagos Islands

According to travel guide experts, there isn’t actually a bad time or season to go to the Galapagos Islands. Most tourists arrive from mid-June until early September or from mid-December to mid-January. Expect not to get any last minute discounted deals during these seasons. Another limitation during these times is the national park limit on the number of visitors, which is set according to each ship’s itinerary.

Galapagos seasons

There are two types of seasons in the Galapagos: rainy and dry

The rainy season is from December to May and gives you the advantage of warmer air and water temperatures. There are daily drizzles but the rain only covers the islands within sporadic spells. You can expect the calmest seas and sunniest weather still in the rainy season. The rainy season, despite its name, is the most popular time to visit Galapagos.

The dry season is from June to November. This is when the Humboldt current passes through the South American coast, and results in cooler temperatures and colder waters in the Galapagos Islands. There are overcast conditions most days but rainfall rarely results from these skies. The seas and the wind tend to grow stronger as the dry season moves forward. Divers and seabird watchers will want to go during the dry season, while those who are after the more leisurely snorkeling, swimming, and exploring should visit during the rainy season.

The rainy season is also the breeding season of sea lions and sea turtles. Those who want foliage will appreciate the flowers blossoming along with the newborn wildlife during the rainy season. Whenever your trip is scheduled, the best time to visit Galapagos will depend on what you’re after and the conditions you’re most comfortable in. You may refer to a travel guide like the Galapagos Cruise services for information on what specific tours are available in the islands.

To assist you in this “interesting choice” we have prepared a Galapagos Islands travel guide and part of this is our Island wildlife activity calendar to tell you what goes on in the archipelago every month of the year.

More information?
Check this out 

Wildlife activity calendar

Getting there

Entry requirements

Island Hopping

What to bring?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Family Travel Guide

We have more information for you, check out these topics ▼

► Islands ► Travel Planner ►Activities ► Weather
► Wildlife ► Flora ► Natural History ► Geography
► Geology Conservation ► Volcanoes ► Human History
► Map