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Galapagos climate: when to go to Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have a mild but dry climate, this is due to the influence of Peru cold ocean current that flows around the islands moderating temperatures and making the climate of the islands pleasant all year round.

The climate in the larger islands of the Galapagos archipelago change with increasing altitude. The temperature gradually decreases with altitude, while precipitation increases with increasing altitude due to the formation of moisture in clouds on the slopes of the mountains. The amount of rainfall varies greatly from one place to another of the islands.

The rains are scarce, especially in the coastal plains, where they fall in average between 350 mm and 400 mm of rain per year, while they are more frequent in the mountains, where in some areas they can reach and exceed 2.000 mm per year. Along the coast of the Galapagos Islands the short rainy season runs from January to April while in the other months of the year the rains are extremely rare.

The average maximum temperatures vary between 30.1 ° C in March and 24.6 ° C in September, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 18.7 ° C in September and 22.6 ° C in February.

The sea water of the Galapagos islands – despite the presence of the cold stream of Peru – never drops below 21 ° C and reaches 27 ° C in the month of March.


The Galapagos Islands – thanks to the mild and sunny climate that they have – can be visited at any time of year.


SAN CRISTÓBAL (6 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 22,9 29,2 83,4  11
February 23,1 30,3 107,4  10
March 22,9 30,5 106,3  11
April 22,8 30,2 94,9  6
May 22,7 29,2 41,9  5
June 21,7 27,6 32,5  8
July 20,7 26,4 18,8  13
August 19,8 25,6 9,8  14
September 19,8 25,7 7,6  12
October 20,0 26,0 11,0  11
November 20,9 27,0 12,6  8
December 21,7 27,8 51,5  10
YEAR 21,6 28,0 577,7  119

Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 24
February 26
March 27
April 26
May 24
June 23
July 22
August 21
September 21
October 21
November 22
December 23

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