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Surely you have wondered what is the best time to go to the Galapagos Islands. Let me tell you this natural sanctuary is a place you can visit at any time of the year. Each month has its own characteristics, in terms of weather and fauna. 

No doubt, knowing when to plan your trip and the month to visit will make your experience memorable. In this post we will focus on visiting the Galapagos Islands in July. The enchanted islands in the month of July are a very good option for travel, and there are many benefits during this month, especially due to the abundant marine life. It is a perfect month for water activities. 

Here you can soak up all the necessary information about everything you can do during this month. 

Galapagos Islands' marine life
Galapagos Islands’ marine life


July is framed in the cold and dry season, also known as Garúa season. This means that during this month the skies will be more cloudy, with colder waters and a decrease in air temperature but the weather is pleasant and cool.

During this period of the year, rainfall will be scarce and the sea will become rougher.It is important to take this in mind, if you are thinking of taking a cruise. As a consequence of the tide and winds being stronger, there will be much more movement. Therefore, it is advisable to bring coats, waterproof jackets and seasickness tablets, if necessary. 

In July, the sea temperature is colder due to the arrival of the Humboldt Current, which attracts a large amount of nutrients from Antarctica, such as plankton and other food sources for Galapagos species. 

Visiting the Galapagos Islands in July is perfect for those who wish to avoid hot and humid weather.

Kayaking in Galapagos islands


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

July average temperature: 72°F (22.0°C)

Water temperature: 72°F (22.0°C)

July average rainfall totals: 0.6 in (1.4 cm)


One of the highlights of visit Galapagos Islands in July is the abundant marine life. Thanks to the rich nutrients attracted by the cold Humboldt Current, whales arrive, migrating dolphins can be spotted mostly to the south and west of Isabela Island. It is also the perfect time for divers to see whale sharks

Whale Shark in Galapagos Islands
Whale Shark

Likewise, species such as sea lions and sea turtles can be seen mostly. Besides the marine wildlife, it is an excellent month to spot Galapagos birds. Blue-footed boobies start nesting during this month, as well as the huge waved albatross


Another highlight of July is the sighting of flightless cormorants on Fernandina Island, performing their courtship ritual to the females. Definitely something spectacular! 

Flightless cormorants

In addition, Galapagos penguins, greater flamingos and oystercatchers can also be seen nesting. Ostriches can be sighted on Santiago Island

 Galapagos Oystercatchers
Galapagos Oystercatchers


July is a month of high tourist demand, especially on cruise trips. This is due to the beginning of the school and college vacation season in North America and Europe. As a result, there will be a high demand of visitors and a higher increase in prices

If you wish to visit the Galapagos Islands in July, we recommend booking your cruise or land tour in advance.  

Without a doubt visiting the Islands in July 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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