One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in July a good idea, or should we go in June or August? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in July? Are the July seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – July 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, July is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in JULY – weather temperatures, rainfall, water temperature and what wildlife highlights to expect.
July is in the COOL & DRY Galapagos season, so expect cloudy skies, cool but pleasant temperatures, and dry weather. Remember to use sun protection (sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses), as it is easy to burn even under cloudy skies close to the equator.
In COOL & DRY months like July, the cooler Galapagos seas are rich in nutrients, with plentiful food for marine species like Sealions, Sea Turtles, and species of Seabird like boobies and albatross.
The highlands are now quite bare. Don’t worry though, the land Galapagos species can still easily be found in July, even though there is less green food available for them.
July at Galapagos is well and truly in the cool and dry season - the skies are often cloudier, and although temperatures have dropped from previous highs, visitors can still enjoy a comfortable average of 26 degrees celcius. July is a dry Galapagos month, with just 0.5 inches of rainfall in 31 days. Even on a cloudy day the sun behind the clouds at the equator is extremely strongm so don't forget to use sunscreen and a hat to avoid burning.
July Galapagos water temperatures have cooled down to 22 degrees celcius. It may make if chillier to enter the water, but the good news is that cooler seas bring more nutrients for feeding marine species and seabirds, so expect wonderful underwater snorkeling and diving action. Many visitors to Galapagos in July prefer to rent a wetsuit for snorkeling.
Is July in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including July) 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. Some of our favorite wildlife moments in July include: cute Galapagos waved albatross chicks are hatching, Flightless Cormorants begin courtship and nesting on Fernandina island, and Galapagos whale watching season is here - especially in the channel between Isabela and Fernandina islands.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in July.
In conclusion, July is a top month to visit the Galapagos islands, with comfortable and dry weather, plus amazing wildlife spotting opportunities - especially the marine species which are more active this time of year.
We really hope that this July 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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