Galapagos Vacation Tips

Galapagos vacation tips, and also discover which is the best time of the year to visit this famous Archipelago.


The correct answer to these type of questions has two variations:

First, let's start by saying there is no bad time to visit the Islands. In other words, any month of the year is worth visiting the Islands.

The second answer may be more specific, and thus the best time to come to the Islands are the transition months. To understand this answer and be able to explain the real reasons... You must go back to the Galapagos Weather pattern of the Archipelago.

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Since the Islands have two extreme seasons, which trigger the beginning or the end of reproduction for most species, there are months that combine these two phases and can evidence incredible wildlife contacts.

These are the transition months. Therefore, one transition occurs between the hot season and the dry season (April to June).

And another one between the dry season and the hot season (November to January).

These are six months of the year where a Galapagos vacation adventure turns very interesting due to the weather and the mixing of natural events happening at about the same time.

For Example:

  • Northern Cetaceans migrate southward
  • Southern migratory birds migrate northward
  • Frigate birds inflate their gular pouches for pair bonding
  • Sea lions establish their territories
  • Warm waters arrive to the Islands, great time for a Snorkeling Adventure in Galapagos
  • Blue footed boobies start their courtship rituals
  • Waved Albatross have returned to EspaƱola (Hood) Island
  • Galapagos Iguanas start egg-laying season

Months like April, May, June, November, December and January are months when all natural events may happen at once. This does not mean the rest of the year is not worth for a Galapagos vacation.

On the contrary, the rest of the year includes months that reflect the specific beauty of many unique species of the Galapagos.

The month of May, for example, is considered by many to be the most spectacular month of the whole year in Galapagos. Come and see it yourself...

  1. Galapagos Birds especially the Blue-footed boobies reproduce extensively during the months of April and May.

    Only then, guests will witness the amazing courtship display of this resident sea bird.
  2. During April & May the arid zone changes from green to brow due to the lack of rainfall. Only the highlands remain green.
  3. The results of the breeding season of the Galapagos Finches can be seen during April and May, since the greatest majority of nests had hatchings in February and March.
  4. It is only during the months of April and May when the Waved Albatrosses are back after their long journey in the East Pacific.

    Watching their courtship will leave you in complete awe.
  5. The clear waters of the Galapagos Islands is a classical example of the transition months.

Just imagine during your Galapagos vacation surrounded by all these wonderful natural events.

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Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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If you have any questions about the Galapagos Islands, You can post them on our Galapagos FAQ Page and if you'd like to arrange your Galapagos vacation safely, then I recommend you to take a look at these Galapagos Vacation Packages to visit these Islands.

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