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Surely you have wondered when is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands. Let me let you know that enchanted Islands are a destination that can be visited at any time of the year. However each of the months has its own characteristics related to climate, wildlife, and activities.

October has its own highlights, and may even be one of the best times to visit Galapagos. October features cooler weather, lower prices and fewer crowds. October is also a good month to see active wildlife and appreciate the beautiful scenery of the islands. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets that will leave you in awe. 

If you want to know more about visit the Galapagos Islands in October, continue reading this guide and find out all about it.

Visit Galapagos Islands in october
Galapagos sea lion


During October, Galapagos is in the cold and dry season. This month begins the transition to a slightly warmer climate than in September. This is because the garúa season is coming to an end. So in October expect cloudy skies, cool, pleasant temperatures, and dry weather. 

End of the garúa season means less rough seas, making it a good time to take an expedition cruise in the Galapagos Islands. October’s cooler temperatures are also perfect for hiking and observing the islands’ active wildlife. 

The increased visibility due to the decrease in fog turns October into one of the best months to see beautiful sunrises and breathtaking scenery


Average high temperature in October: 77°F (25.0°C)

October average temperature: 71°F (22.0°C)

Water temperature: 73°F (22.0°C)

October average rainfall totals: 0.25 in (0.6 cm) in the highlands


October is considered an active month for wildlife, as in Santa Cruz the Giant Tortoises begin to lay their eggs. Also lava herons, an endemic species of Galapagos, appear on the rocky coast and mangroves of Tortuga Bay. 

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Lava Heron

On the other hand, on North Seymour Island, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies and red-footed boobies are in the nesting period. Also on this island, specifically on Mosquera islet, you will find one of the largest colonies of sea lions. 

Flightless cormorants in October
Flightless cormorants

If you visit Bartolome Island, You can swim with the Galapagos penguins that are very active during this month. Sea lions also mate during this time. 

Galapagos penguins
Galapagos Penguins

Another island with great active animal life is Santa Fe. Here you will have the opportunity to see the endemic iguana of the island. You will also find Galapagos doves, penguins, petrels and the Santa Fe mockingbird

Galapagos dove

Marine life is not far behind during this month. Thanks to the cold Humboldt Current and its rich nutrients, it attracts several marine species. Sea lions, sea turtles and seabirds find food in abundance. As well as reef sharks, whale sharks and rays found mostly in Darwin and Golf Islands. 

White Tip Reef Shark


October is a low season month in Galapagos, therefore cruise and excursion places are more available. It is considered a good month to visit the islands as a couple and enjoy a romantic getaway. Additionally October is a good month to find flights, accommodations and tours at a cheaper price and great deals. 

Without a doubt, visit the Galapagos Islands in October is one of the best opportunities to enjoy all the charms of this natural paradise. Whether on a land trip or a cruise excursion.  Contact us and we will help you organize the trip of a lifetime to the enchanted islands.

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