Australasia & Pacific
About Galapagos Islands
Sara and John say...
Behold a unique part of the world! And as Charles Darwin discovered, when surveying the extraordinary species of flora and fauna, these islands have a unique climate too.
For an equatorial setting, Galapagos is not as hot as one might think during large parts of the year. For much of the time, the cool Humboldt Current regulates the heat, although remember that the sun is extremely strong and protection is advised at any time of year - even on cloudier days.
Most sunshine and highest temperatures occur from January to May, when high humidity generates occasional showers. Then through the rest of the year, daytime temperatures drop back from near 30 Celsius to around the mid-20s from June onwards. The skies become rather cloudier and although there are less intense showers, some days can be overcast, misty and drizzly.
During El Nino years, the seas in this part of the Pacific become warmer than normal. As a result, the rainfall becomes much more abundant, resulting in much wetter, lusher conditions.
Generally though, with relatively small amounts of rain, the islands are usually quite dry and barren. And there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy dry weather through your visit, allowing you to wonder at the natural beauty in comfort.