Galapagos Visiting Information
The Galapagos weather temperature varies during the year:
January to May: from low 80°F (27°C) to low 90°F (32°C) (possible rain)
June to September: low 60°F (15°C) to high 70°F (21°C) (possible rain)
October to December: 70°F (21°C) to 80° (27°C) (dry season)
January to June - The influence of the Humboldt Current brings cold water, especially during the rainy seasonfrom July to December. The El Nino Current warms water at the Galapagos, and makes the surface warmer and rainfall increases.
June to December - From June to December the Southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current North to the Galapagos. During this season tourist may observe a big amount of species around the islands or the sea such as: Giant tortoises, humpback whales, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, oystercatchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls, sea-lions, lava herons, brown noddies, penguins, etc. Due to the water temperature, it is the perfect time for diving.
December to May - The time period between December and May is considered the "warm season". During this warmer season, the Galapagos' climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling.
All tourists must get the Immigration Control Card (information available only in Spanish) prior taking the Galapagos flight; this Control Card currently costs $10USD per person, and must be paid in USD cash only (Immigration Control Card mandatory since Feb. 25/ 2008).
You must check your luggage on the SICGAL, too; please take a look of the list of permitted, restricted and not-permitted products for transport to and between the Galapagos' islands.
The Galapagos National Park entrance fee for foreign tourists costs $100USD per person, and must be paid in USD cash only (100 dollars bills are not accepted) upon the tourists’ arrival in Galapagos; the passengers must show their original and valid passport, and the Immigration Control Card. This fee subject to change by the Galapagos National Park Service.