Climate in Galápagos Island
There is no “best” or “better” time to fly to Galapagos because the weather in Galapagos is pleasant reasonable all year round due to its proximate location to the equator. The climate is divided into two seasons.
The warm wet season is from January to May with March and April usually being the hottest and wettest months with approximately 30°C.
During this warmer season, the Galapagos’ climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. The water temperature ranges from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C). Since the water’s warmer, snorkeling is highly recommended during these months.
During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands such as marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, and blue-footed boobies.
Cool dry season
The cool dry season from June to December with August being the coolest month with approximately 22°C and is also known as the “garua season” when it is relatively cool and dry with more overcast skies and occasional drizzle or mist (garua) during the day. During this dry season, Galapagos weather is pleasant, the water temperature is lower (65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)) and there are often clouds on the higher elevations. Water visibility is usually lower in due to plankton bloom, but this combination of conditions brings in the whale sharks and there is a lot more activity in the water and food is abundant. Because Galapagos climate is not too hot during this season, it is also the breeding period for many sea birds and shore birds, marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals.
How to get to Galápagos
Take an international flight to Ecuador
When flying into the country of Ecuador, you can choose to arrive either to the Andean capital city of Quito or to the costal city of Guayaquil.
Quito is Ecuador’s capital, located in the Andes Mountain Range at 2,800 meters/9,180 ft. above sea level. Quito’s “old” town is one of the most beautiful colonial centers of any Latin American city and is nearby several Andean indigenous markets like Otavalo and Cotacachi.
Guayaquil is located at the coast of Ecuador and is the country’s largest city with a population of 2.5 million. It is a modern city and Ecuador’s largest port.
Domestic flights to Galapagos Islands
There are domestic flights to the Galapagos originating from the cities of Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. The main airports are Baltra (close to Santa Cruz) and San Cristobal Island ; which airport you fly to will depend on where your Galapagos tour starts.
Flights departing from Quito stop in Guayaquil before continuing to the Galapagos Islands. The flight time between Quito and Guayaquil is roughly 35 minutes and from Guayaquil to Galapagos is roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The national airlines that serve Ecuador mainland are Tame, Avianca and Latam. You can not fly internationally into the Galapagos Islands.
Galatrails will not be held responsible for visa issues. Please check with your embassy if a visa to enter Ecuador is required.
For entering Galapagos no visa is needed but a Transit Control Card (Cost 20 USD) must be obtained in Quito or Guayaquil airport (please check information above Get ready for your trip).
For your Galapagos trip we recommend you to travel as light as possible as it facilitates easier traveling between inter islands on the speedboats. The national airlines usually have a luggage allowance of 20kg per person.
Depending on your travel plans before or after your Galapagos trip you might be able to arrange with your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil to leave part of your luggage in the hotels’s storage room.
Please check with your hotel.
* Cotton shirts
* Hat or cap
* Small backpack to carry personal belongings in
* Windbreaker or light jacket
* Rain jacket or poncho
* Lightweight pants
* Sandals/ flip flops
* Comfortable walking shoes
* Hiking boots (depending on your trip)
* Bathing suit
* Camera (additional memory cards)
* Binoculars (optional)
* Insect repellent
* Motion sickness medication
* Personal medicine, first-aid kit