The Galapagos is a year-round destination with awe-inspiring wildlife watching opportunities whichever month you choose to visit. Being close to the equator, the ‘seasons’ are roughly split in two: warm and wet (Dec-May) and cool and dry (June-Nov). There are seasonal wildlife watching highlights year-round on different islands. Unless you have a particular wildlife-watching interest, you will be amazed by the natural wonders of the Galapagos at any time, though specific activity does vary each month.
Best time to travel to Galapagos
In the warm season, from December-May, the weather is usually hot and sunny – ideal for snorkelling in the cool waters of the Galapagos. The temperatures at this time of year are usually around the 80s F (26-30° C). Occasional tropical showers can take place. June onwards welcomes the cooler and drier ‘garua’ season, when the weather is still comfortably warm but more overcast. Waters tend to be choppier and winds can pick up. Temperatures average in the 70s F (20-24° C). Below is a month-by-month guide to some of the most notable natural highlights and the weather in the Galapagos.