Ecuador When To Go

Due to its location on the equator, the time of sunrise and sunset do not vary significantly from one season to another. The sun rises around 6am and sets around 6pm.

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The climate in the Galapagos is considered to be cool and sub-tropical, with hot, arid coastal zones and cooler, humid highland areas. The highlands receive moisture year-round, which supports lush vegetation.

There is no “best time” to visit the islands as there is an abundance of unique flora and fauna year round. The one endemic species that is absent for a part of the year is the Waved Albatross. You will find the albatross on Espanola between May and December.

The warmest months are usually from December to May. January to March can be hot and humid, but also mostly green. During this warmer season, the Galapagos’ climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean is calmer and warmer, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

From June to November, the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. Also known as the “garua season”, a fine mist (garua) that constantly falls at this time of year keeps the vegetation in the highland areas lush and green. During this period, the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation. Thus, June to December is generally called the “dry season” known for its blue skies and mid-day showers.

Monthly Averages

High (°F) 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Low (°F) 70 74 74 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
Water Temp (°F) 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
Precip (in) 2.70 3.60 3.70 2.80 1.30 .90 .60 .20 .20 .20 .30 1.20

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