Year round adventure in Galápagos
Publicado el 2016-08-14


The equatorial warm weather makes these islands a great destination any time of the year.

Many wild destinations around the world have an "off-season", when weather is just not right for tourism. This is not the case in the Galapagos Islands; you can go any time of the year and enjoy great outdoor adventures in the warm equator zone. But the experience in the islands is different depending on the time of the year. There are two defined high seasons that coincide with the world holidays; December to January, for Christmas, and June to August, when Europeans go on vacation. Hotels and tours will be full during these months.

Since most of the animal species in the islands don't migrate, they can be seen any time in Galapagos. Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breed all year long, and cormorants, penguins and flamingoes breed and nest year-round as well. The islands are also populated all year by sea lions, marine and land iguanas, blue footed boobies, Galapagos hawks and of course, giant turtles. The albatross is one of the few migratory birds and is seen in summer in the islands.

Warmer weather

In the first three months of the year the sun is very intense, the skies are clear and the temperature reaches its peak, with an average of 22 to 30 degrees C (72 to 86 F). This is the perfect time to see sea turtles nesting, marine iguanas and land iguanas mating and tortoises laying eggs in all of the islands.

If you come to scuba dive, in January, February, March and April the water is warmer and the underwater visibility is much better. On good days, the underwater visibility is up to 100 feet. In these months, the water temperature averages 25 degrees C (77 F), making snorkeling and scuba diving excursions more pleasant.

The first months of the year are also the best time to trek under clear skies. The heavy rainy season starts in March and lasts until July.

Rain and greenery

When the rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands, the mangroves and forests turn lush green. For many people, April and May are the best months in the islands. It does not rain every day, the temperature keeps an average of 22 to 28 degrees C (72 to 82 F), and many natural cycles can be admired in full splendor. Its courtship season for blue-footed boobies and albatrosses, and trees like palo santo begin to shed their foliage.
By June, migratory species such as birds and even humpback whales stop at Galapagos in their journey towards the north. The hot climate has cooled off leaving just a slight "garua", a light rain shower that signals the beginning of the cool season that lasts until December.

In July, August and September, the water temperature decreases to 19 C (72 F) because of the Humboldt Current that brings nutrients making marine life abundant. Snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin and whale spotting are particularly good. Births of sea lions have started and with a little luck, you'll be able to see them feeding their puppies.

November and December are great to see blue-footed boobies nesting and it is mating season for green sea turtles. In December, the weather starts to warm up again as the Humboldt Current loses strength. The skies are clear, the sun shines intensely making wildlife encounters easily enjoyable. The tourists populate the beaches during the Christmas holidays and the cycle of life in Galapagos begins another season.






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