Galapagos is an appealing and exotic destination visited year round by many travelers who wonder about the best time of the year to travel. Therefore, it is important to learn what to expect in each month in order to take full advantage.
January: It is when the warm season begins. Expect moderate to high rainfall with land temperatures of 25°C (77°F) and water temperatures of 23°C (73°F).
It is when the warm season begins. Expect moderate to high rainfall with land temperatures of 25°C (77°F) and water temperatures of 23°C (73°F).
Mockingbirds and finch are well-known for their mating rituals. Warblers and finches begin to nest. Marine Iguanas in Española offer its brightest colors. It is also very possible to see Green Sea turtle´s eggs on shore. Land Iguanas begin its breeding season in Isabela.
The Islands take an amazing green color. Water temperatures begin to cool to around 72°F/22°C. Land temperatures are around 78°F/26°C with strong rainfall
While Flamingos, Galapagos doves and Santa Cruz marine iguanas begin nesting; Nazca Boobies end their nesting season; Pintail ducks also start breeding. Penguins move to cooler waters of Isabela and Fernandina.
This is one the hottest months in Galapagos with land temperatures of 83°F/28°C and water temperatures around 70°F/21°C with heavy rainfall.
Mating season begins for frigatebirds in San Cristobal and Genovesa Islands. Male frigatebirds red-throat sacs inflate. Mating also occurs with waved Albratrosses in Española. Visit Isabela and Fernandina to approach the most elegant penguins. To check on marine iguanas nesting, visit Fernandina and North Seymour.
By the end of this month, most migratory birds are gone.
Despite land temperatures of 83°F/28°C, water cools to around 62°F/16°C. Heavy rainfall is expected.
The Waved Albatrosses are really attractive for their courtship dances on Española. Blue-footed Boobies also mate by performing a dance. Frigatebird pouches are visible on Genovesa while mating. As Giant tortoises end their hatching season, other animals like sea turtle eggs and Isabela Land Iguana eggs begin to hatch.
The dry period starts with moderate rainfall. Waters start to warm up again with temperatures of 63°F/17°C while land temperatures reach around 77°F/25°C.
Waved Albatrosses and Frigatebirds begin laying eggs. Booby mating dances continue. Green sea turtles hatch on Punta Cormorant, Puerto Egas and Gardner Bay. At the same time, Santa Cruz Marine Iguanas hatch.
This month marks the beginning of the dry season characterized by land temperatures of 72°F/23°C, water temperatures around 70°F/21°C and low rainfall.
Migratory birds visit the Islands. This is a great time to see Frigatebird pouches on North Seymour, Giant Tortoises migrating down to the lowlands in Santa Cruz to begin mating season and boobies nesting their eggs.
Humpback whales migrate through Galapagos and Whale Sharks appear the most around Darwin and Wolf which can be best appreciated from a Galapagos charter.
Now it is up to you to decide which time of the year is best for you to take this luxury vacations.