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If you decide to travel to the Galapagos Islands in May, rest assured that you chose one of the best months to visit. During this month the weather is fresh, you can enjoy the lush green landscapes and exuberant scenery. 

So May is a lovely time to visit the enchanted islands. It should be noted that Galapagos is a destination that can be visited in any season. But each month has its own charms and highlights. So, here we leave you a guide about visiting the Galapagos Islands in May. You can learn more about the weather, animal life, demand and activities. 

Read on and find out everything you need to know about May in Galapagos to plan a successful trip.


May marks the transition from the hot and humid season to the cold and dry season. Therefore the weather during the month of May is cool and there is almost no precipitation. It is one of the coolest months as compared to the early months of the year. 

It should be noted that with this time transition, the weather conditions are variable; at certain times of the day they are quite sunny and at other times the skies will be cloudy. This is because the warm, tropical temperatures begin to cool. 

During this month there is a lower degree of humidity than the rest of the year. And the waters of the islands become more refreshing, which is perfect for jumping in the water and snorkeling

Remember that even though it isn’t a month with a strong sun, you still need to protect yourself from the sun. So in your suitcase you should bring sunscreen, a cap or hat. 

Galapagos Islands


Average high temperature in may: 82°F / 28°C

May average low temperature: 72°F / 22°C

Water temperature: 74°F / 23°C

May average rainfall totals: 0.75 inches / 1.90 cm


One of the favorite events in May is the courtship dance of the blue-footed booby on North Seymour Island. The male brings out his bluish legs and performs a special dance to attract the female. 


During this month, sea turtles also continue to nest in Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant and Puerto Egas. On the other hand, the eggs of the marine iguanas begin to hatch. This spectacle is amazing and you can observe it at Santa Cruz Island. 

In addition, the well known rump petrels begin their first nesting period. Also the Galapagos albatross begin to lay their eggs on Española Island. 

Galapagos petrel
Galapagos petrel
Galapagos Albatross
Galapagos Albatross

If you are lucky on your cruise trip you may have the opportunity to see red-footed boobies, frigate birds, flightless cormorants and greater flamingos. 

Flightless cormorant
Flightless cormorant


May, like April, is considered a regular seasonal month, and is the last month before the high season begins. The months after May there is a higher demand of visitors, because most schools, colleges and universities start their vacation time. 

For this reason, if you are going to visit the Galapagos Islands in May, the best option is the first few weeks. This way you will be able to find better price options on a land or cruise tour

Without a doubt visiting the Islands in May is one of the best opportunities to enjoy all the charms of this natural paradise. Contact us and we will help you organize the trip of a lifetime to the enchanted islands. 

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