Ecuador: the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands

One of the most sought after destinations in Ecuador are its Galapagos Islands

These spellbinding islands that attract visitors from all over the world offer a unique natural haven that is a once in a lifetime experience.

The Galapagos Islands are known for the wide range of endemic species in both flora and fauna and they are considered to be one of the best spots for diving lovers.

The special biodiversity of the islands was studied by the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who was inspired by  the distinctiveness of the place,  giving birth here to his world-known theory of the evolution of the species.

About the Galapagos Islands

This archipelago surrounded by volcanic islands, consisting of 21 islands in total is part of Ecuador and  is located on the Pacific Ocean right on the equator line, 563 miles to the West of continental Ecuador.

The islands are known by their vast number of endemic species that are only found in this magical place.

Best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year round, and it is due to its privileged location that you can explore the islands based on what you want to see and do during your visit.

So, going back to your question: When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands? Our answer is: This is a destination you can visit year-round, where you will enjoy different climates in its two distinctive seasons (dry and wet), each season brings its singularity and magnificent beauty.

Dry season

The dry season goes from June to November with an average temperature of 21 C. During this season you will have higher possibilities to admire the spectacular marine wildlife of the Galapagos, as well as browner island vegetation. During those months there is giant tortoise migration, whale sightings, and many seabirds and animals are in their mating season, without a doubt, a spectacular show of nature.

During this season the activities we recommend doing include:

  • Hiking – All year. Especially during September and October that offer very comfortable hiking conditions that allow you to explore the Galapagos  Islands and admire its species while walking through beautiful paths, surrounded by nature.
  • Birdwatching at sea  – During the hot season the currents are calmer, which invites calmer seas.
  • Mountain biking – All year
  • Paddleboarding – All year
  • Kayaking – All year
  • Snorkeling and diving – All year.  However, during the dry season and due to the cold waters you can observe more marine life close to the surface.
Ecuador: the best time to visit the Galapagos islands

Wet or Hot Season

The wet or hot season goes from December to May, with an average temperature of 25C.

During this season the water of the sea will be calmer, as well as warmer,  giving you the amazing possibility to swim with sea lions and other marine species without the need for a wetsuit. Besides, due to the sunny days, you can expect to see  some sea turtles nesting on the beaches, a lot of newborn wildlife around the islands, colorful vegetation, as well as, some terrestrial fauna like finches, land iguanas and tortoises.

During this season, you should expect some occasional downpours, perfect to enjoy the lush vegetation and the colorful postcard views in the islands.

You can also enjoy some of the following activities during the hot season.

  • Snorkeling and diving – All year.  However, the months of December, January, and February are ideal for spending more time underwater and there is plenty to see.
  • Mountain biking – All year
  • Paddleboarding – All year
  • Kayaking – All year
  • Hiking – All year.
Best time to visit the Galapagos Islands


I have been blessed by being able to visit the Galapagos Islands in different seasons, with family & friends and through work. I love the several opportunities that are available to have close encounters with some of the endemic species and the amazing flora of Charles Darwin´s Laboratory of evolution. Booking a cruise or a land tour is the best way to go when it comes to getting a memorable experience, working with destination experts makes sense to get the best out of this once in a lifetime experience

Cristina Pettersen

In conclusion, due to the ocean currents that come from the South and the West, the Galapagos Islands are blessed by milder tropical conditions compared to other equatorial areas.

This is a destination that can be enjoyed year-round and that you will forever cherish. Therefore, we can say that Now, is always the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands. You will find that there are some specific activities for each season and others that can be enjoyed whether you visit during the hot or dry season, making these islands a place to visit … anytime.

Our recommendation, find the activities you want to do and see or figure out the best time to explore these spellbinding islands and then, make sure to book your land or at sea tour  ahead of time to find the best prices, experienced guides and have a memorable experience. We can help you add this healing experience to your visit to Ecuador. Contact us:

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