Seasons and Weather
Remotely located on the equator, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are like nowhere else on Earth.
The climate of the Galapagos Islands is considered to be sub tropical, despite the fact that the islands are located on the equatorial belt. This is due to the confluence of cold water currents from the west and the south, which results in a dry and moderate climate though the region also experiences a warm and wet season. Each distinct season brings its own advantages making the Galapagos a year-round destination.
The dry season lasts from late June to early December, and this si the time of year we recommend you plan your visit. During these months the sky is clear, temperatures are cooler and short midday showers are common. The water is also cooler at this time of year, which makes it ideal for diving.
Late December to early June are the warmest months in the Galapagos and this is the rainy season, which can also be a good time to visit if you don't mind the odd shower! Temperatures peak in February and March, winds are low, the sea is calm and the climate is more tropical with daily rains. Since the water is warmer, the conditions are perfect for snorkelling.
Micro-climates exist across the islands so when the lower-lying islands experience dry and sunny weather the volcanic mountains can be shrouded in mists. This results in an unusual spread of vegetation across the different islands.
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