Galapagos Islands

What’s the best time of year to go to the Galapagos Islands?

When planning your trip to the Galapagos, be aware that the time of year – and even the month – that you go to the islands could affect your trip in a number of ways, be it price, weather, or the number of people you’ll be sharing a boat with. Here are some important points to take into account:

– Though the Galapagos is a popular destination year-round and doesn’t as such have a true “off-season”, April to June and September to November do tend to be classed as low season. Both prices and numbers of tourists drop a little, so consider going during these months if you need to save money – or you want a higher animal-to-human ratio.

– Prices of flights, hotels and cruises tend to rise during the Easter, summer (June to August) and Christmas/New Year periods, as well as on Ecuadorean holidays (particularly around Carnaval, a four-day holiday in late February/March, and Dia de Los Muertos, a four-day holiday around the 2nd of November. Click here for a list of national holidays).

What about the weather?

– If sunny skies are important to you, plan to go between December and May – this is the hottest, sunniest period, though you will also get short, heavy showers.

– Outside of these months, you’ll find the weather is a little colder, and the sky a little cloudier. July, August and September are particularly cloudy, with choppy seas – not ideal for those prone to sea sickness.

Book ahead in the busy season

– Don’t forget to consider availability. Flights and hotels get booked up quickly during the summer, Easter and Christmas periods. If you’re planning on going on a cruise, space on the most recommended motor yachts and catamarans is in high demand, so the sooner you plan your trip the better: at least six months’ lead time is recommended.
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