One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in April a good idea, or should we go in March or May? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in April? Are the April seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – April is a great month at Galapagos, and so too are all the other months! The Galapagos Islands are an all year round travel destination, with comfortable weather and great wildlife viewing every month of the year. So yes, April is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in APRIL – weather, temperatures, rainfall as well as wildlife to spot.
April is in the middle of the WARM & WET Galapagos season, so expect plenty of sun, with occasional heavy showers or drizzle (especially in the highlands), and some humidity. Sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses are a must.
In WARM & WET months like April, the rains and sunshine have transformed the highlands into a lush and green Paradise. April is therefore perfect for land species such as the Giant Tortoise, Land Iguanas, Darwin Finches & other land birds, who find food plentiful.
Don’t worry, the Galapagos marine species are also easily spotted in April, even though the warmer seas mean fewer nutrients for them to feed on.
April sees REGULAR demand for Galapagos cruises throughout the month. The one exception is Easter week (if it falls within April) when demand from local Ecuadorians is very high and Galapagos flight spaces are often full. April is also a good month for Galapagos Land Tours.
April at Galapagos is a month of contrasts - one one hand it is the warmest month, but on the other it is one of the rainier month too. Air temperature averages 31 degrees celcius, and 1.5 inches of rain typically fall thoughout the month. During the day you'll be comfortable in shorts and Tshirt, but it’s a good idea to take a light raincoat on excursions too, just in case of April showers.
Is April in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including April) is amazing for wildlife spotting, and almost all land and marine species can in fact be found all year-round.
That said, each month does bring something different to the archipelago. Subtle changes in animal behavior such as breeding, nesting, hatching, feeding, growing, migrating. The Galapagos natural world is in constant change. Our favorite April highlights are the entertaining courtship dances and rituals of the blue footed boobies and waved albatross.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in April.
In conclusion, April is a fabulous month to head to Galapagos, with optimal weather and some truly exceptional wildlife moments.
We really hope that this April in Galapagos blog was useful. If you are looking for a complete summary of Galapagos climate across the year, then also check out our general Galapagos Weather blog.
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