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June 24, 2016
How hot does it get in the Galapagos Islands?
Tourists enjoying the heat of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is always hot. Sometimes it is a comfortable heat, sometimes it can be a sweltering, humid heat.

Since the Galapagos Islands are right on the equator (the northern part of Isabela Island lies directly on the equator), you should consider the Galapagos as a tropical destination.

This means that sun set and sun rise times do not vary much any time of the year. It also means that there are no drastic temperature changes in the Galapagos throughout the year. (The water temperatures do vary more than you’d expect, but we’ll save that for another post!)

No matter when you come to visit, you will likely experience days with temperatures around 30C / 86F. Our daily high temperatures go from an average of 25C / 77F in August and September, up to an average of 31C / 89F in March and April. Even at night time, it is rare for the temperature to dip below 19C / 65F in our coolest months.

Overall, the first few months of the year, from January to May tend to be the wetter, more humid months. If you’re not a fan of humidity, then you may not want to visit during the historically hottest months of April and May.

Too hot for pants

Sometimes it is too hot for pants in the Galapagos! Wearing swim trunks or shorts is the way to go!


While the temperatures may be a bi cooler by the time July roles around, it is also drier, with very little rain. We often consider the July-November months to be most comfortable for living in the Galapagos Islands!

With that said, if you’re craving sunshine, our sunniest months are actually the same as our rainiest months from January to May! As you may suspect, the weather is a bit more unpredictable during that time of year.

In the end, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll get plenty of sunshine any time of year, and enjoy some tropical temperatures when you’re out walking around town or enjoying some biking and kayaking in the Galapagos. You can always head into the highlands too, if things get a bit too hot for you!

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