This is a great time to visit Galápagos! At this time, the Humboldt current is carrying rich nutrients to the Galápagos Islands and there is plenty of marine wildlife activity providing for some excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities.
One of the highlights of visiting in November is that the young sea lion pups that are born in August become more adventurous at this time and your chances of a close encounter are good as they love to play with snorkelling humans! This is also a great time to see blue-footed, red-footed and nazca boobies, as they are all nesting during this time of year.
In December, your opportunities to see green turtles are at their very best as the breeding season gets into full swing, so don’t forget your GoPro for capturing those unmissable close-ups! In the arid lowlands, the hot season is approaching and the fragrant Palo Santo that looked so dead and skeletal just days ago is beginning to bud, as life on the Galápagos Islands goes into overdrive.
What kind of weather can I expect in Galápagos in November/December?
The weather in Galápagos in November is very comfortable and pleasant. The average daily temperature are between 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) and 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) while sea temperatures are around 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) and are beginning to warm up.
Rainfall is low, at 1.3cm, or .5 inches in November as we are still in the dry season and you can expect sunny or overcast skies. Conditions at sea may feel a little cooler at this time, so pack a light sweater or extra layer when taking this kind of trip.
Why should you visit Galápagos in November and December?
- Tourist numbers are lower
- Tour costs are cheaper
- Animal activity is high
- Weather is comfortable
- Flights from mainland are cheaper
- Toucanto Worldschooling In Galápagos runs from 14th November to 12th December!
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