One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in November a good idea, or should we go in October or December? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in November? Are the November seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – November 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, November is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in NOVEMBER – temperatures, rainfall and wildlife highlights.
November is getting towards the end of the Galapagos COOL & DRY season, so cloudy skies are the norm, temperatures are still quite cool, but the weather is dry. Remember to use sun protection, as it is easy to burn even under cloudy skies close to the equator.
In COOL & DRY months such as November, the cool sea temperatures are ideal for Galapagos marine species like Sealions, Sea Turtles, and species of Seabird, who enjoy plentiful food and nutrients in the water.
The highlands are at their driest, with trees looking rather barren. Don’t worry though, the land Galapagos species are still easily spotted in November, even though there is less green food available for them.
November typically sees LOW demand for Galapagos cruise and land tour spaces, making it an ideal time to travel before the high season of Christmas and New years.
November at Galapagos is approaching the end of the cool and dry season, but you should still expect cooler temperatures - averaging 26 degrees celcius. November is another dry Galapagos month, with just 0.5 inches of rainfall, so rain gear is rarely required. Remember though that even on a cloudy day the equatorial sun is extremely strong, so don't forget to use sunscreen and a hat to avoid burning.
November Galapagos water temperatures are slighty warmer than previous months, with an average of 22 degrees celcius - most tourists will feel more comfortable using a wetsuit if in the water for any length of time. Those that do brave it are rewarded with excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving, and some great underwater treats as marine animals are very active.
Is November in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including November) 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. November is a very good month to observe sea lions, with cute pups in the nurseries and learning to swim in the shallows. Also Galapagos sea turtle mating season is just beginning.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in November.
In conclusion, November is a very enjoyable month to visit Galapagos, with comfortable, dry weather and low humidity, plus plenty of wildlife action - especially for lovers of sea lions.
We really hope that this November 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.
If you need any help planning your Galapagos Vacation (in November or any other month!), then contact us for a FREE GALAPAGOS TOUR QUOTE.
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