When to Visit the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands


Benjamin “Ben” Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois, is studying for a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Ohio University. He hopes to pursue a career as either a sports or music reporter following graduation. Together with his family, Ben L. Schwartz has traveled to numerous locations outside of Glenview and the nearby Chicago area, including the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands has two peak tourist seasons: from June to September and December to January. During these times, visitors must book accommodations and airfare well in advance. Even though the Galapagos National Park limits the number of visitors who can travel to the islands, these two seasons still feature large crowds.

In terms of weather, temperatures in The Galapagos stay in the low to high 80s almost all year round. From June to December, temperatures are a bit cooler thanks to the Humboldt Current. The current also brings with it plenty of underwater species who are following the rich nutrients, in turn making these months best for scuba diving and snorkeling. Further into December, there tends to be some cloud cover, but rainfall is still low. The better weather and underwater habitats play a large part in the larger tourist crowds during these months.

Visiting between January and May is often the best for avoiding large crowds. Rainfall is higher from February to April, but is still not overwhelming. Meanwhile, temperatures typically range from the 70s to 80s. During these months, visitors have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including baby sea lions. The local flora also starts blooming during spring, flooding the islands in bright colors.