Galápagos Seasons and Snorkeling

Since they straddle the Equator, I expected the Galápagos to be hot, humid, and tropical. It was not, and this was great news for a family that isn’t really into tropical weather. If given the choice, we generally head north. There are roughly two seasons in the Galápagos: the warm, wet season and the cool, dry season. The warm, wet season runs from December until May and the cool, dry season runs from June until November. The weather patterns are a result of the complicated interplay of tradewinds and the currents that swirl around the islands. The hot season is quite warm, with rain falling nearly every day. When we were there, (late June to early July) however, the weather was dominated by the Humboldt Current, which sweeps north from Antarctica and eventually reaches the islands.