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Galapagos Travel Information

A visit to the Galapagos is an unforgetable and incredible experience for everyone who has the opportunity to come and see the marvels of the Enchanted Isles. Whether you are a tourist, scientist, or photographer, the extraordinary wildlife and breath-taking scenery provide a spectacular experience for all, and can be found nowhere else in the world.

Due to strict regulations placed upon tourists in the Galapagos, it is not possible to tour the Islands without a certified guide. Visitors have two main options for touring the Galapagos: Galapagos Cruises or Galapagos Land Tours. Both options offer something unique to visitors, and it really depends on your preferences and your budget as to how to decide which way to see the Galapagos is best for you.

Planning your Galapagos Vacation

A common question most visitors ask before planning their trip is when is the best time to visit the Galapagos? This is a complicated question to answer as each season has something to offer visitors in terms of wildlife activity. However, the wildlife behavior in the Galapagos changes along with the seasons, and some species are only possible to see during certain times of the year. There are also slight changes in temperature between the wet and dry season, and the changes in water temperature can be an important factor for those planning to snorkel or scuba dive.

In order to help those interested in visiting the Galapagos, we have put together a Galapagos Wildlife Calender, along with the average weather conditions for each month.

Galapagos Wildlife and Weather Calender

January

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
30 / 22 °C    86 / 72 °F
5.3 hr
24.5 °C    76 °F
2.5 cm    1.0 in
  • Beginning of the rainy season
  • Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rain
  • On Española the adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored
  • The green sea turtle arrives to the beaches of Galapagos to lay their eggs 
    Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela
  • Both, water and air temperatures rise and stay warm until June 
    Ideal time for snorkeling.

February

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
30 / 24 °C    86 / 75 °F
7.5 hr
25 °C    77 °F
2.5 cm    1.0 in
  • On Floreana flamingos start nesting
  • Bahamas pintails start their breeding season
  • Masked boobies on Española are at the end of their nesting season
  • Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz
  • The highest water temperature reaches 77°F (25°C). This temperature remains until April
  • Very few penguins are sighted in Bartolome
  • The nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak

March

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
31 / 24 °C    88 / 75 °F
6.0 hr
25 °C    77 °F
5.1 cm    2.0 in
  • The rainy season reaches the highest precipitation
  • Sporadic tropical rains, intense sun and hot climate
  • Air temperature can reach up to 86°F (30°C)
  • Marine iguanas nest in Fernandina
  • The beginning of the summer equinox signals the arrival of the waved albatross to Española

April

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
31 / 24 °C    88 / 75 °F
7.5 hr
25 °C    77 °F
3.8 cm    1.5 in
  • Massive arrival of waved albatross to Española
  • Albatross courtship starts
  • End of hatching season of the giant tortoises
  • The eggs of the green sea turtles begin to hatch
  • Land iguanas hatch on Isabela

May

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
28 / 22 °C    82 / 72 °F
5.2 hr
24.5 °C    76 °F
1.9 cm    0.75 in
  • Blue-footed boobies on North Seymour begin their courtship
  • Sea turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant and Puerto Egas.
  • Most of the marine iguanas eggs hatch from nests on Santa Cruz
  • Palo santo trees begin to shed their foliage
  • Albatross on Española begin laying eggs
  • Band- rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period

June

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 21 °C    79 / 70 °F
4.4 hr
23 °C    73 °F
0.6 cm    0.25 in
  • Begining of the garúa season
  • Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz migrate from the highlands to the lowlands
  • Beginning of the nesting season of giant tortoises

July

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 20 °C    79 / 68 °F
2.8 hr
22 °C    72 °F
1.3 cm    0.5 in
  • Sea bird communities are very active, especially the blue-footed boobies on Española
  • Flightless cormorant’s court and nest on Fernandina
  • It is possible to find oyster catchers nesting on Puerto Egas
  • Lava lizards initiate mating rituals until November
  • Whales sightings become more common especially off the West coast of Isabela

August

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 19 °C    79 / 66 °F
3.3 hr
21.5 °C    71 °F
0.6 cm    0.25 in
  • The Galapagos hawks court on Española and Santiago
  • Mask boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa
  • The temperature of the ocean descends to 64°F (18° C)
  • Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March
  • Giant tortoises return to the highlands of Santa Cruz

September

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 19 °C    79 / 66 °F
2.9 hr
22 °C    72 °F
1.3 cm    0.5 in
  • The peak of the cold (garúa) season
  • The air temperature reaches its lowest 64°F (19°C)
  • Penguins demonstrate remarkable activity on Bartolome until December
  • Sea lions are very active, especially in the western and central areas of the islands
  • Most species of marine birds remain active at their nesting sites

October

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 20 °C    79 / 68 °F
3.8 hr
22.5 °C    73 °F
0.6 cm    0.25 in
  • Lava herons nest until March
  • The Galapagos fur seals begin their mating season
  • Boobies raise their chicks on Española
  • Giant tortoises still lay their eggs

November

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
26 / 21 °C    79 / 70 °F
3.5 hr
23 °C    73 °F
1.3 cm    0.5 in
  • Sea lion pups are born
  • Sea lions are sexually active on the Eastern part of the Archipelago
  • Breeding season of brown noddies
  • Band-rumped storm petrels begin their second nesting period

December

Temp. (Max / Min)
Clear Skies
Sea Temperature
Rainfall
27 / 22 °C    81 / 72 °F
4.0 hr
22.5 °C    73 °F
1.3 cm    0.5 in
  • Hatching of the giant tortoise's eggs begins and lasts until April
  • Green sea turtles display their mating behavior
  • The rainy season begins; all of the plants of the dry zone produce leaves
  • Galapagos "turns green"
  • The first young albatross fledge
*Please note that the weather conditions are based off of monthly averages

If you are planning a trip to the Galapagos Isles, please be sure to review the Galapagos Nation Park Rules, and feel free to check out the Galapagos Packing List for suggestions as to what to bring with you to the Galapagos Islands.

 

 

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