Paul Schicke
Written by Paul Schicke Manager E-Commerce & Direct Sales at Quasar Expeditions

Updated: June 08, 2023
Published: May 08, 2019

Galapagos Sea Lion posing and sunbathing on a rock in the Galapagos next to a small-group of explorers
Quasar Expeditions has long been a service of choice for retired adventurers who have discerning tastes when it comes to their global travels. But what many travelers in their golden years may not know is that one of the absolute best times to travel with Quasar to the Galapagos Islands is during the fall months. From less noise and crowds to greater opportunities to see wildlife, here are seven reasons why the Galapagos in the fall is a priceless experience for travelers aged 60 and up.

Less Crowds, More Relaxation

Even travelers who love kids can admit that an excursion surrounded by families with young children isn’t necessarily the most peaceful experience. But during the autumn season, families with children are back to school and their everyday lives. That means smaller crowds on our Galapagos cruise excursions and a more laid-back, relaxed atmosphere that our retired travelers love. This makes autumn the best-kept secret for travelers who want a little peace with their adventure—especially when you consider that autumn is the most comfortable time of year in the Galapagos.

A couple lounging on the upper deck of Quasar's luxury Evolution yacht on a 8-day cruise

More Flexibility

A more relaxed environment isn’t the only advantage of traveling during the less crowded season—smaller groups allow for more flexibility when it comes to enjoying the wide range of activities our excursions have to offer. With fewer travelers looking to have their turn swimming & snorkeling among sea lions, photographing wildlife, or exploring the islands, you’ll enjoy a more personal connection with the Galapagos.

A couple taking pictures of Galapagos scenery while on dinghy panga ride

Unmatched Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whales and dolphins in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are their most active during the fall, and present in the highest numbers compared to every other time of year. This includes dazzling orcas, massive sperm whales and humpbacks, and even the world’s largest animal—the blue whale. That’s not to mention multiple species of dolphins and other dazzling marine life.

Whale and dolphin watching can be enjoyed directly from our yachts or smaller Zodiac inflatables, making it a thrilling experience that doesn’t require a plunge into the sea or a long excursion on foot to enjoy.

Explorers on the bow of a Galapagos yacht whale watching

Gorgeously Mild, Sunny Weather

One of the best benefits of traveling to the Galapagos in the fall is the absolutely stunning weather. The Galapagos is always relatively moderate in its temperature changes throughout the year, but it does experience distinct wet and dry seasons. Between September and December, the Galapagos experiences its mildest and driest season all year. You can expect daytime highs in the upper 60°s (approx. 20°C) and water temperatures a pleasantly warm 72°F (22°C). It’s the perfect weather for enjoying the sun and surf without ever being uncomfortably warm or chilly.

A group of snorkelers in a desolate cove in the Galapagos Islands

Perfect Photography and Wildlife Viewing

The gorgeous fall weather in the Galapagos has another benefit—it allows for the perfect conditions for viewing and photographing the robust Galapagos animals & wildlife, marine life, and birds. With rain being incredibly rare and a backdrop of beautiful light clouds a common occurrence, your nature photography and birdwatching experience will be world-class. The mild weather also means animals are more active and likely to be visible. And, as we’ve already mentioned, there will be less crowds on the excursion— meaning less noise frightening away the islands’ majestic creatures.

Photographer squating down with feet in the ocean to take a photo of a Lava Heron, Galapagos Islands

Nesting Sea Turtles and Active Penguins

That’s right—the Santa Cruz Island’s famous giant Galapagos Sea Turtles lay their eggs and nest in the wild during the fall. No other time or place will allow you to behold the islands’ most famous and influential species engaging in one of nature’s most beautiful rituals.

The Galapagos Sea Turtles aren’t the only ones putting on a show for visitors to the islands during the autumn seasons. The Penguins of the Galapagos are also at their most active during autumn, particularly throughout September when they can be seen nesting on rocks from both the land and sea.

A Green Sea Turtle nesting near the shoreline during fall in the Galapagos Islands

A Galapagos Experience Unlike Any Other

A trip to the Galapagos at any time of year is a bucket list item that leaves visitors of all ages in awe. But visiting during the autumn season, particularly for retirees looking for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, is an unparalleled adventure that goes beyond anything you can imagine. From a more relaxed atmosphere to the best wildlife viewing opportunities, autumn in the Galapagos is simply unparalleled.

Perfect weather conditions allowing photography of Land Iguanas and other wildlife in the Galapagos during the fall
Paul Schicke
By Paul Schicke
Manager E-Commerce & Direct Sales at Quasar Expeditions

Hello! My name is Paul. I am a photographer, traveler, teacher and writer. I have extensive experience in travel to Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia and the western seaboard of South America specializing in ways travelers can experience these once-in-a-life destinations like locals on the road. Lover of wine, chocolate, travel, coffee, and helping others plan vacations of a lifetime!