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The Galapagos Islands — their volcanic landscapes and wildlife — have been blowing minds for centuries. These days, the Galapagos are a living museum with their giant tortoises, iguanas sunbathing on lava rocks, and sea lions acting like they own the beach. (Hey, maybe they do! 😂)

Before you book your flight and pack your snorkel gear, there’s one thing to consider: the weather.

Different times of year bring different vibes to the Galapagos. July, specifically, is smack dab in the middle of the cool and dry season.

Escape the Galapagos Islands Heatwave

Unlike the unpredictable shoulder seasons (April-May and November-December), July offers a delightful escape from the scorching sun. Picture yourself exploring volcanic craters and spotting blue-footed boobies in the comfortable daytime temperatures, hovering around 77°F (25°C). Evenings are pleasantly cool, dipping down to around 60°F (16°C), perfect for cozy nights gazing at the mind-blowing Milky Way.

Ocean Conditions

Thinking about snorkeling with sea turtles or diving alongside manta rays? July is the perfect time to do just that in the Galapagos! The ocean conditions are usually calm, with fantastic visibility for exploring the underwater world. While the water might be a bit cooler, around 72°F (22°C), it’s a refreshing change from those super warm tropical waters. You can snorkel all day without feeling like you’re in a hot tub!

Packing Essentials

July usually brings plenty of sunshine, but you might wake up to some misty mornings. Locals call this misty veil “garua”. It usually clears up by mid-morning, leaving you with clear skies for the rest of the day. It’s a good idea to pack a light rain jacket or a quick-drying poncho, just in case the garua decides to stick around a bit longer. Sunscreen? Absolutely essential! The equator doesn’t mess around, so grab a high SPF sunscreen and make sure to reapply frequently. You don’t want to turn into a lobster on your first day out exploring!

Here’s a quick packing list to make sure you’re ready for anything:

  • unchecked Breathable clothes: Think hiking pants and shirts that won’t leave you feeling like a sweaty mess.
  • unchecked Light jacket or sweater: Evenings can get a bit chilly, so a layer for those cozy nights under the stars is a good call.
  • unchecked Rain gear: A light rain jacket or poncho for those surprise misty mornings.
  • unchecked Comfy shoes: Hiking boots are great for exploring volcanic terrain, but comfortable walking shoes work too.
  • unchecked Swimsuit and snorkel gear: If you plan on diving into the crystal-clear waters, don’t forget these!
  • unchecked Sun hat: Protect your face and head from the strong sun.
  • unchecked Sunglasses: A must-have for those bright, sunny days.
  • unchecked Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated on your adventures!
  • unchecked Binoculars: Get a closer look at all the amazing wildlife.
  • unchecked Camera: Capture all those incredible memories (extra batteries and memory cards are a good idea too!).
  • unchecked Seasickness medication: If you get seasick easily, especially on boat tours, pack some medication just in case.
  • unchecked Cash: For souvenirs or tipping your guide.

Bonus: More Wildlife, Fewer Crowds!

July falls outside the peak tourist season (December to February), which means you won’t have to deal with as many crowds! With fewer people around, you’ll have a more intimate wildlife viewing experience, getting up close and personal with those giant tortoises and sea lion pups.

So, there you have it! The Galapagos in July — cool weather, amazing wildlife encounters, and the chance to explore this incredible place without feeling like you’re on a crowded tourist bus. Sounds pretty darn fantastic, right? Now, get out there and start exploring! Just remember to send us some incredible vacation pics when you get back! 😉 

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Is July a good time to go to the Galapagos Islands?

July marks the middle of the high season in the Galápagos, with many international and Ecuadorian families traveling to the islands during this time. Visitors in July can expect colder waters, abundant marine life, and incredible bird watching opportunities.

What is the rainiest month in Galapagos?

March brings in the rainiest season of the year. On average, about two inches of precipitation fall during this month. But don’t let that dampen your spirits, the islands are still teeming with life and adventure!

Do I need a wetsuit to snorkel in the Galapagos?

While some people might be okay with the cold, not everyone can handle it or wants to. And let’s face it, chilly water can put a damper on your fun. That’s why, during the cold season, it’s a good idea to rent a wetsuit along with your snorkeling gear. It’ll keep you warm and comfy so you can focus on enjoying your adventure!

Is it safe to swim in the Galapagos Islands?

Yes, it is generally safe to swim and snorkel in Galapagos waters. However, always follow safety instructions provided by guides or boat operators and wear a life jacket (especially if you’re not a confident swimmer!).

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What To Expect for Weather in the Galapagos in July

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