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Best time to visit the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Our verdict

The best time to visit Galapagos Islands is July-November

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Galapagos Islands such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, July-November is the best time of year to go.

In the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 28℃ (83℉) in Galapagos Islands. The weather at night in the winter, which is around September-time, can get down to a minimum of 17℃ (63℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Galapagos Islands are usually in May, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in February, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Galapagos Islands, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

October

Most daylight

May

Galapagos Islands seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Galapagos Islands as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Galapagos Islands is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Galapagos Islands

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Galapagos Islands for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Galapagos Islands climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Galapagos Islands for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Galapagos Islands in January

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in February

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 15 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in March

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in April

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (2") over 11 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in May

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 6mm (0") over 5 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in June

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 2mm (0") over 2 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 3 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Galapagos Islands in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and maybe a light jumper for the evenings.


Galapagos Islands in September

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 2 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and maybe a light jumper for the evenings.

Galapagos Islands in October

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and maybe a light jumper for the evenings.


Galapagos Islands in November

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 2 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and maybe a light jumper for the evenings.


Galapagos Islands in December

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 4 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galapagos Islands in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Galapagos Islands is usually March, where temperatures tend to rise to around 27℃ (81℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Galapagos Islands is generally around October. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in October first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Galapagos Islands is generally around February, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of February too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Galapagos Islands, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

Galapagos Islands map