Is July a good month to visit the Galapagos Islands?

When considering a visit to the Galapagos Islands, the month of July brings its own unique charm and wonders. Dive into what the Galapagos in July can provide.


Galapagos in July: Snapshot

Galapagos in July: A giant tortoise strolls past our Family Suite at camp.

Galapagos in July: A giant tortoise strolls past our Family Suite at camp.


  • Ocean currents: Transition period with varied currents.
  • Weather: Cooler, with temperatures ranging from 65°F to 77°F (18 to 26°C).
  • Seas: Moderate waters, providing ideal conditions for marine activities.
  • Wildlife: July is a bustling month for wildlife, both on land and in the waters.


Galapagos Weather in July

Spectacular sunsets at Galapagos Safari Camp

Spectacular sunsets at Galapagos Safari Camp


July is characterized by the islands’ cool and dry season. Daytime temperatures hover between 65°F (18°C) and 78°F (26°C), ideal for land excursions. The sea, at 66°F to 72°F (19°C to 22°C), offers refreshing swims. Precipitation is minimal, though the characteristic ‘la garua’ mist might occasionally shroud the skies. Those looking for aquatic adventures should be ready for seas that are a tad more turbulent, influenced by prevailing winds. Those prone to sea-sickness may prefer a land-based safari.


Galapagos Ocean Currents in July

Oceanic currents around the Galapagos Islands have a profound impact on its climate and ecosystems. In July, the defining currents include:

  1. The Humboldt Current: This cold current, originating from the southern waters off the coast of Chile, begins its strengthening phase during July. As it flows northwards, it infuses the Galapagos waters with nutrients, enriching the marine life.
  2. The Cromwell Current (or Equatorial Undercurrent): This subsurface current remains active, especially around the western islands like Fernandina and Isabela, promoting upwelling, which supports a robust marine food chain.
  3. The Panama Current: Less dominant in July, but its warm influence can still be felt.

The blending of these currents sets the stage for an enriching marine ecosystem, teeming with life.


Galapagos Wildlife in July

Galapagos Doves are frequently seen at Galapagos Safari Camp in July

Galapagos Doves are frequently seen at Galapagos Safari Camp in July

A popular path for migrating giant tortoises sits behind our Family Suite at Galapagos Safari Camp

A popular path for migrating giant tortoises sits behind our Family Suite at Galapagos Safari Camp


From the amusing dances of the blue-footed boobies to the majestic glides of the hawks, July is a treat for nature lovers. With the seas being rich in plankton, it attracts varied marine life, making it a scuba-diver’s paradise.


Galapagos Adventures in July

July, with its moderate climate, is perfect for hiking, especially in regions like Sierra Negra on Isabela Island. For those keen on biking, Santa Cruz offers delightful trails leading to lesser-known beaches. See our Personalised Galapagos Safaris.


Galapagos Safari Camp in July

July is a splendid time to experience the Galapagos from the comfort of the Galapagos Safari Camp. Nestled in the picturesque highlands of Santa Cruz, the camp provides luxurious, African-style safari tents with panoramic views.


Galapagos Safari Camp in July: A giant tortoise rests below our Main Lodge

Galapagos Safari Camp in July: A giant tortoise rests below our Main Lodge


Cacao grown at Galapagos Safari Camp

Cacao grown at Galapagos Safari Camp – nearly ready to harvest!

Reviews of Galapagos Safari Camp

The following are reviews posted by guests who stayed at Galapagos Safari Camp in July.

An Amazing Stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island!
Our Galapagos Safari Camp (GSC) experience started with Diego and Nathaly who went over and above in planning and setting up our trip.

Our family of 11 stayed at the GSC for 4 nights and everyone had a spectacular time. It all started when we were greeted at the Baltra airport by a GSC naturalist (Carolina) who quickly shuffled us into the VIP waiting room while our luggage was unloaded. From there we immediately started some site seeing, and where else, to an area with many giant tortoises which was amazing. We also had lunch there and an opportunity to relax for a little while before heading off to the next site seeing location before arriving at the GSC.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Belen and George for the first 2 days and then spoiled by Juan and Stephanie, who each went over the top during our stay. The luxury tent accommodations were likewise amazing. We all spent some time in the pool on day 1 and then our first GSC dinner. We can’t say enough good things about the 5 star meals at the GSC, well maybe Perfect describes them best. BTW – all meals are included. The remainder of our stay included additional excursions with Carolina, including a stop at a local moonshine operation, bicycling, hiking, a trip to the beach, and finally a visit to Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Center. Everyone at the GSC made us feel special, which included all of those staff working either out front or behind the scenes to keeps things running smoothly.

Read the review and view the guest’s photos on Tripadvisor


A secret Galapagos hideaway
I recently returned from a stay at the camp with my wife, 3 kids (4, 7, and 8 years old), and parents (70+), and everyone absolutely loved the experience. This was my kids’ favorite lodging and all the little details, such as the daily handmade stuffies of Galapagos animals and educational and inspirational notes, were such a nice touch. Additionally, the camp’s staff noticed my daughter’s birthday was very recent, and planned a surprise celebration for her all on their own. This is a great place for kids and equally great place for adults. The food was on par with the best food in Los Angeles (where we’re from), and all the people working there are absolutely wonderful. Even my parents, who have traveled the world several times over, were thoroughly impressed! We made such great memories on the Galapagos islands, and the Safari Camp certainly played a large part in that. We felt very well taken care of as our days were organized and tailored for each person in the group. Every detail, from the kid-sized snorkel gear and snacks and towels at the beach to the ginger tea that stayed hot all day for the potentially rocky boat ride were executed with such compassion and care. It is a located in a secluded area of the island with a small number of tents. The grounds boast sprawling trails right in the heart of the wildlife of the Galapagos. A kind of hidden paradise that only the guests have access to. My wife and I were comfortable with letting our children roam the grounds on their own, which is an opportunity that is rare in the urban tumult of L.A. You could tell the people that work here are happy to do so and want to provide the best experience for their guests.

Read the review on Tripadvisor


Amazing Family Summer Vacation
I can’t begin to explain in words the amazing experience we had. A family of 4 with an 11 yr old and a 9yr old. The kids LOVED the cookies, the handmade stuffed animals and the cards/sayings. The tents are AMAZING and we had tortoises every night. The staff are super helpful and friendly and we definitely can’t wait to come back.

Read the review and view the guest’s photos on Tripadvisor


This was a great experience. We were able to ‘sleep with the tortoises’ as well as see other wildlife. The sunsets from the observation desk were just unbelievable. The food was very good and the staff were very accommodating. The staff also made virgin Shirley Temples, and Cosmopolitans for the kids.

Read the review on Google


When to Visit the Galapagos by Month

For more information on the weather and wildlife in the Galapagos, please visit When to visit the Galapagos Islands or one of our monthly guides:

January, February, March, April, May. June, July, August, September, October, November, December.



Mainland Ecuador in July:

July in mainland Ecuador offers a blend of captivating sceneries, from the dense Amazon rainforest to the panoramic vistas of the Andes. Dive into the unique experiences of each region during this month:


Amazon Rainforest:

July in the Amazon means the continuation of the dry season. Occasional rain showers might occur, but in general, the forest paths become easier to tread.
As water levels continue to drop, more wildlife congregate around the remaining water sources. The clearer nights also offer an opportunity for unique nocturnal expeditions.

See our Amazon Tours


The Andes (including Quito):

In July, the Andes enjoys clear, cool days. Quito experiences temperatures ranging from 65°F to 75°F, while the evenings might cool down to around 50°F. Altitude variations can cause slight temperature fluctuations in other Andean regions.
Attractions and Events:
Quito, in July, prepares for its foundation celebrations in December, and smaller events and gatherings begin to emerge. It’s also a favorable time for trekking and visiting indigenous communities, who offer a unique peek into their traditions and lifestyles.

See our Andes Tours



July in the Choco rainforest is slightly cooler, yet remains an excellent time for exploring the diversity of the cloud forest.
The Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest becomes a hotspot for enthusiasts eager to witness the vibrant bird species and elusive wildlife that thrive in these cooler conditions.

See our Cloud-Forest Tours



Whether you’re drawn by the splendid diversity of mainland Ecuador or by the unmatched experiences in the Galapagos, July promises an unforgettable journey across all its worlds. If you would like to combine a Galapagos Safari with adventures on mainland Ecuador, we can help craft the perfect itinerary for you.  Contact us for more details!






Wildlife Disclaimer

* Our wildlife observations are based on our own first-hand experiences, as well as the experiences of our guests and guides. However, as with any wildlife tour, we cannot guarantee that you will see specific species or animal behaviors.