There truly is not a “best time” to visit the Galapagos Islands. Any time you visit, you’ll be able to experience the beautiful nature that Darwin studied himself. Although, there are different seasons on the Galapagos Islands. Each season brings its own unique and magnificent beauty.
Galápagos seasons are split into dry (June to November) and wet (December to May) seasons. The best time to visit the Galápagos Islands really depends on what you want to see. There is no specified best season to visit the Galápagos Islands.
The Galapagos Wet Season: December – May
The Galápagos Islands are beautiful year-round. During the wet season, December to May, temperatures range from the low 70s to mid-80s, making pleasant conditions for hiking and wildlife-spotting. This season experiences frequent but short showers called “garua”. This season is mostly accompanied by bright shining sun on most days.
Birds regularly mate from March to May. During this time you may even spot baby sea lions or sea turtles crowding the shores. The wet season also sees ample springtime blooms that drape the islands with radiant colors.
During this season flowers begin to blossom on the islands, making for some colorful landscapes. Sea turtles and land iguanas hatch and playful young sea lions are easy to spot on the beaches.
Visiting Galapagos in the Wet Season
During these months it’s possible to experience some of the most interesting moments in some Galapagos animals lives such as:
- Cetaceans migration
- Migratory southern birds migrate north
- Frigates expand their crops for mating
- Sea lions establish their territories
- The blue-footed boobies begin their classic wedding party
- The waters get warm and are perfect for snorkeling
- Albatrosses fly to the Spanish Island
- Marine iguanas nest building begins
The Galapagos Dry Season: June – November
Between June and November, the Humboldt Current, a current that runs north-west along South America’s west coast, ushers in cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich water that attracts fish and birds.
The Humboldt Current’s cool water temperatures average in the high 60s to low 80s. This current carries a myriad of underwater species attracted to rich oceanic nutrients, making this season the best time to go snorkeling and scuba diving. These months are also when wildlife-enthusiasts can crowd sandy shores to watch blue-footed boobies perform their mating dances.
However, the sea bird activity does not end during this time. The bright red pouches of frigate bird can be seen on North Seymour. Flightless cormorants perform mating and nesting rituals on Fernandina.
Visiting Galapagos in the Dry Season
There’s plenty of sites to see on the Galapagos in the dry season. On your Galapagos visit in these months you’ll see:
- Browner island vegetation
- Giant tortoise migration
- Giant sea turtle mating in November
- Galapagos sea lions breeding season
- Blue-footed booby chicks on Isabela and Española
- Whale sightings
Gulliver Expeditions provides a variety of tours and cruises that will show you every piece of nature Galapagos has to offer. Our Galapagos Island tours range from 15-day cruises to 5-day island hopping tours. Gulliver Expedition’s team of experienced Galapagos Island tour guides are your source for in-depth tours of these vast and bountiful islands.
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