Galapagos in July: An Unmissable Time of Year!
In case you were worried about the best time of the year to visit the Galapagos Islands, we have the ultimate answer for you!
The Galapagos are a YEAR-ROUND destination!
Now it may sound a bit silly, but it’s nothing short of the truth. Despite technically being in the tropics, the Galapagos Islands never experience a hurricane or flood season. That’s not to say the weather doesn’t fluctuate every now and then, but the point is that the Galapagos Islands do not experience extreme changes in weather. So, if you’re planning your family vacation to the enchanted isles, dates won’t be an issue at all.
On the other hand, the question you really need to ask yourself if you’re visiting is: what do I want to see? Well, in honor of this great month, we’ll tell you everything you will be able to experience in Galapagos in July and why it’s an excellent time to come.
So let’s get to it!
What’s happening in Galapagos in July?
If you’re not a big fan of extreme heat, July is the month for you! The weather is currently transitioning from hot to mildly chilly. Temperatures are expected to oscillate between 23 °C (73 °F) and 29 °C (84 °F). Most of the days, we will experience lovely weather that hovers around 25 °C (77 °F). Occasional drizzles and clouds are forecasted, but it’s nothing major to worry about. Galapagos in July is known for its somewhat restless seas.
Admittedly, the Pacific Ocean is not always as tranquil as its name indicates. In Galapagos, underwater currents can be noticeably strong, but keep in mind that such currents are barely felt out in open seas, which are the types of seas that our cruises sail across throughout the night.
Also be aware that our vessels remain anchored during the greater part of the day at each visitor site, and don’t forget – you spend the majority of your time in Galapagos visiting each island on foot, not aboard the vessel itself!
Seas during this time of year should only serve as a minor disturbance and should, by no means, detract from your choice to visit Galapagos during this period. If in doubt still, then be sure to take a look at our blog on our seasickness-proof Galapagos Cruise!
The Wildlife (love is in the air)
During this magnificent time of the year, a lot of the Galapagos’ seabirds become highly active. Consequently, you’ll be able to witness blue-footed boobies – especially on Española Island – as they partake in their courtship dances and/or nesting period. Also, you’ll encounter juvenile and pre-adult blue-footed boobies roaming around the island. Everyone’s invited to experience this phenomenal event!
Another species that will be getting all lovey-dovey in Galapagos in July is the flightless cormorant. They’ll be busy flashing their best courtship moves for the ladies all over Fernandina Island. It’s a once in a lifetime moment to see, guaranteed!
An Ocean of Joy
The cooler Humboldt Sea current will be arriving in Galapagos during this time of year, increasing practically all marine throughout the waters of the archipelago. That’s why, during this season, you may be able to see whales and dolphins jumping around. Also, if you are interested in snorkeling, now is the time to actually try it! The current will be bringing in a lot of crustaceans, mollusks and so on. That’s another item to check off your reasons to visit Galapagos in July! Just make sure that your itinerary includes the islands of Fernandina or Isabela.
Also, if you’re planning on doing any water activities, make sure to wear a wetsuit (available for rent aboard all our vessels!) to increase your level of comfort while in the ocean. Water will not reach temperatures higher than 21 °C (68 °F).
So don’t think twice about visiting Galapagos in July and make it happen! Keep this in mind if you are planning your trip and make sure you’re ready for the exciting adventure you’ll be embarking on.
Isabel Espinoza (1994) was born and raised in the beautiful cradle of mountains we call Quito. She has a degree in Journalism from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. People and their stories have always been her thing (as well as traveling, nature, astronomy, and photography). Her love for Ecuador, Galapagos, and South America is immense and blogging allows her to share a glimpse of this affection with the rest of the world.