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Although the climate of the Galapagos Islands can be roughly divided into two seasons, it is a year-round destination with superb wildlife spotting on offer whenever you choose to travel. We would only recommend specific months to visit if you have a particular interest in seeing the waved albatross, as these can only be observed between April and November. August and September see coolest temperatures and choppiest conditions in the Galapagos, but many cruises still operate at this time and our specialists will select a larger vessel with increased stability if you have concerns about motion sickness.

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There isn’t really an optimum time to visit the Galapagos Islands: different months bring different experiences. Personally, I love visiting in April when the waved albatrosses generally arrive on the island of Española, and you can observe them reacquainting themselves with their partners amid much honking and clattering of beaks.

Lizzie, Latin America Specialist

Month-by-month guide to traveling in the Galapagos Islands

Waved albatross, Galapagos Islands

Visiting the Galapagos Islands in January - February

The land and sea temperatures in the Galapagos are warming. Despite this being the wet season, the months from January to May are also the sunniest, with the rain usually only manifesting itself in short periods of drizzle. Land birds begin unusual courtship rituals that are fascinating to watch, sea turtles are nesting and marine iguanas become brightly colored.

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