The Galápagos archipelago is classified as subtropical, thus making it the perfect destination for year-round travel. Larger islands with volcanic peaks have a variety of climates. You will find plants adapted to desert climates in the coastal areas, while the highlands receive year-round moisture making it the home of lush vegetation. Additionally, the two seasons in the Galápagos receive precipitation, specifically ten inches of rain per year.
Unlike most regions in the equator, the climate in the Galápagos Islands remains cool. However, the warm and wet season lasts from December through June, while June through December is considered as the colder, dryer season. Cloudy skies and occasional drizzle in the highlands is expected in August, which is the coolest month of the year. During this time, it is breeding season for many animals such as sea lions and fur seals, marine iguanas, sea bird and shore birds.
Average temperatures throughout the year: 80-90°F (warm season); 70-80°F (cool season)
Average sea temperatures throughout the year: 70-80°F (warm season); 65-75°F (cool season)
What is the best time to travel to the Galápagos? The subtropical climate of the Galápagos archipelago makes it the perfect destination for year-round travel. Although, it is beneficial to choose the right season if you’re seeking a specific experience. For example, if you are interested in diving, it is best to visit during the months of June through November. However, you must keep in mind that these are the busiest times for tourism in the Galápagos. Additionally, if you prefer a warmer climate, we suggest traveling during December through May. Although it is typically rainy season during this time, you’ll be captivated by the mostly-sunny skies.