Being situated so close to the equator, you wouldn’t expect to find much in the way of seasonal changes that need to be taken into account when traveling to the Galapagos Islands. You have to remember, though, that a vacation in the Galapagos Islands isn’t like other vacations. The islands are a very special destination where the rules don’t always apply and the unexpected is par for the course.
The Galapagos Islands do, in fact, have seasons – two of them. And November is a great time to catch the changing of the seasons.
We’re not talking a change of seasons like you might be used to if you live north of the tropics. The leaves don’t change into a riot of orange, yellow and red. There are no brave crocuses blooming before the last snow falls. The seasons are distinct, but the changes are more subtle.
Peak Travel Time in the Galapagos
Most travel sites will tell you that you should plan your tour of the Galapagos Islands sometime between December and May. As U.S. News & World Report says, “Though the Galápagos is beautiful year-round, these months offer temperatures ranging from the low 70s to mid-80s, making pleasant conditions for hiking and wildlife-spotting. And though this season experiences frequent (but short) showers, the sun shines brightly on most days.”
The conditions are ideal for exploring the landscape and checking out the fascinating wildlife that is one of the islands’ biggest attractions. “Birds regularly mate during these months, and from March to May, you may even spot baby sea lions or sea turtles crowding the shores.”
If you want to see the famous blue-footed boobies perform their mating dance, however, you’ll want to plan your Galapagos vacation between June and August.