When to go to the Galapagos Islands
When Should I go to the Galapagos Islands?
In terms of the climate in the Galapagos Islands, they are located on the Equator yet are cooled by currents coming from western South America, so there is really no bad time to visit the islands. The question is one of preferences: Are you trying to save money? Then try to come visit in low tourism times, like April or September. Hoping to see a whale? They are more common late in the year, after June. Here are some tips:
Rough Waters: Do you tend to get seasick? The waters of Galapagos are usually pretty calm, but they are a bit choppier at certain times of the year. If you really want to avoid rough waters, stay away from the months of September-November, when winds are strongest. Alternatively, book your cruise on a large cruise ship or a luxury catamaran like the Galapagos Endemic: these are more stable when it’s a little windy.
High and Low Seasons: Low tourism season in Galapagos is April-May and September-October: it may be possible to get a good deal on a cruise or hotel at that time. High season is summer (late June-August) and from the third week of December until the second week of January. If you’re planning on visiting at that time, book far in advance. If you’re interested in special deals and promotions, contact your Golden Galapagos agent.
Bird Lover? Any month of the year is good for seeing birds in Galapagos: visitor favorites like Blue-footed boobies and Frigate Birds can be seen anytime. If you’re a die-hard bird lover, however, try April. In April, the Waved Albatrosses return to Española Island and do their mating dance. Also mating in April are Frigate Birds on San Cristóbal and Genovesa Islands, and Blue-Footed boobies do their own curious mating dance during this month.
Close Wildlife Encounters: No humans visited the Galapagos until the sixteenth century, and even then, it would be centuries before there were any permanent settlements there. The animals therefore never became afraid of humans. This means that you can get very close to some of the animals and birds for great photos, any time of the year!
Unique species: There are several fascinating species that are unique to the Galapagos Islands. The giant tortoises are perhaps the most famous one: if you want to see them in the green, leafy highlands a good time to do so is from June to December. While the endemic marine iguanas are common throughout the islands, the ones on Española Island will take on their green and red colors around December to January. If there is a special animal you want to see on your trip, talk to your Golden Galapagos representative to see if there is a special time to do so!