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What is the weather in Galapagos like? When should I best travel?

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What is the weather in Galapagos like? When should I best travel?

What is the weather in Galapagos like? When should I best travel?

The Galápagos Islands are a year-round vacation option, there isn't really a "best time" to travel. All seasons are (almost) equally apt for a trip to Galápagos. The weather in Galápagos is regulated by the upwelling of cold water currents from the west and south (mainly the Humboldt Current) and their mixing with warm water streams from the north (mainly the Panama Stream and El Niño current). This means that the Galápagos climate is uncharacteristically dry and moderate for the tropics, and is generally classified as subtropical. This means that the weather on the Galápagos Islands is warm and weather is considered equatorial and is characterized by two main seasons:

 

December to May: The warm / rainy season

During this warmer season, the Galápagos weather is more tropical with occasional, short showers and sunny skies. The sea is at its warmest, due to the warm Panama current, and is usually calmer at this time of year - great for swimming and snorkeling. During the warm season in Galápagos, the Panama Stream is predominant and brings warm waters to the Archipelago. This water, however, is less rich in nutrients than during the dry season and less clear, so you might see fewer animals in the water than from June to November.

June to November: The dry season

The dry season (also called the "Garúa Season") is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers. Air temperature is lower, with highs in the upper 70°Fs or mid-80°Fs (25-30°C). The strong Antarctic Humboldt Current, coming from the south, strongly affects the Galápagos weather at this time of year. The water temperature, therefore, is at its coolest, at about 68°F (20°C). Along with cooler weather and clearer waters, the Antarctic Humboldt Current also brings more nutrient-rich waters to Galápagos, which attract large sea mammals such as whales and dolphins.

Recapping, we can only repeat, that the Galápagos really are a year-round destination. Don't be fooled into thinking either season might be significantly better than the other!


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