Galapagos when to Go

Best time to travel to the Galapagos

December-May. This period is known as the rainy season of Galapagos but ironically its the warmest. It showers almost everyday but for a very relative short time. Because It is warmer at this time, it provides visitors with the perfect time to Go swimming or Snorkeling. It is also the breeding season for most of the animals and it sure is worthwhile to experience firsthand the different mating rituals of the wildlife in the islands. The land birds can be seen breeding during this season and because of that the islands are normally filled with all kind of birds.

It is the perfect time to go if you are a bird lover. Also the Turtles visit the islands to nest during this time and the sea lions can be seen holding contensts for the right to have a mating partner. As the rain stops falling around march, the wild flowers bossom and the islands come to life with diffrent colors. The ocean is calmer during this period and therefore it might be the best time for people with sea-sickness sensitivity to travel

June-November in this period the Humboldt Current brings cold water and air to the Galapagos. It also brings water which is rich in nutritious planktons and therefore attracting fish and birds. Divers have stated this to be the perfect diving season, but be prepared to brave the cold water. Birds are attracted to the islands in search of fish and it will be the perfect time to see the Albatrosses, penguins. It is also the mating season of the Blue-footed Boobies and be sure to witness their infamous "Skypoint" ritual dance. It is always cloudy during this period but it rarely never rains. there are strong winds and the ocean gets a bit rougher.

JANUARY

Weather conditions
• Air Temperatures (Max / Min): 30-22C
• Average Rainfall: 2.5cm
• Average Water Temperature: 24.5C
Animals mating / breeding In January
• Red-footed boobies, masked boobies breeding and nesting (Through-out the year)
• Sea turtles nesting
• Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas mating
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding.
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting.
• Tortoises laying eggs
Important Notes:
• Best visibility underwater (also in February and March)
•The sun is very hot during this month. Bring sun Blocks.

FEBRUARY

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 30 / 24C
• Average Rainfall: 2.5cm
, • Average Water Temperature: 25C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (Through-out the year)
• Sea turtles nesting
• Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Tortoises laying eggs
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Important Notes:
• Best visibility underwater (along with Jan & March) • Water temperature is the highest all year (until April) • The sun is very hot during this month. Bring sun Blocks.

MARCH

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 31 / 24C
• Average Rainfall: 5.1cm
• Average Water Temperature: 25C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Sea turtles nesting
• Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Great Frigate birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower) Island
• Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Important Notes:
• Best underwater visibility (along with Jan & Feb)
• Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
• Water temperature is the highest all year (until April)
• The sun is very hot during this month. Bring sun Blocks

APRIL

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 31 / 24C,
• Average Rainfall: 3.8cm
• Average Water Temperature: 25C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Sea turtles nesting
• Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Waved albatross mating and nesting
• Tortoises laying eggs (in the wild)
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Important Notes:
• Rainy season reaches its peak in the highlands
• Water temperature is the highest all year
• The sun is very hot during this month. Bring sun Blocks

MAY

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 28 / 22C
• Average Rainfall: 1.9cm
• Average Water Temperature: 24.5C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Sea turtles nesting season is ending
• Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas nesting
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Great Frigate birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower) Island
• Tortoises laying eggs
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Important Notes:
• Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season - until December)
• Along with June, this month offers the most pleasant weather. The intense heat begins to cool off

JUNE

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 21C
• Average Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 23C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Red-footed boobies ,masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• Beginning of the Garua season (cool dry season - until December)
• This month offers the most pleasant weather. The intense heat begins to cool off

JULY

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 20C
• Average Rainfall: 1.3cm
• Water Temperature: 22C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies begin nesting
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• California sea lion breeding season
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting
Special Notes:
• The Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is recommended during this period
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on crossing to Fernandina Island, becomes more common
• This month has more pronounced winds. However, winds never get too strong, as compared to other destinations

AUGUST

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 19C
• Average Rainfall: 0.6cm
• Average Water Temperature: 21.5C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies, masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions begin breeding
• Tortoises (in Santa Cruz Island only) lay eggs in the wild
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• The Humboldt Current begins to strengthen, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is recommended during this period
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on Fernandina Island, becomes more common
• This month has more pronounced winds. However, winds never get too strong, as compared to other destinations

SEPTEMBER

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 19C
• Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 22C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies, masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions breeding
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• The Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients in the water more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is recommended during this month and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, is very common
• Winds are still pstrong during this month

OCTOBER

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 20C
• Average Rainfall: 0.6cm, 0.25in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 22.5C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions breeding
• Tortoises (in Santa Cruz Island only) lay eggs in the wild
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• The Humboldt Current continues to be strong, making nutrients more abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is also recommended during this period and swimming with sea-lion pups is very common
• Dolphin and Whale spotting, particularly on our crossing to Fernandina Island, is very common.
• Winds are still pronounced during this month.

NOVEMBER

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 26 / 21C
• Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 23C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies, masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Green Sea turtles begin mating
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions breeding
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• The Humboldt Current is strong, making nutrients abundant and marine life more active. Snorkeling is most recommended during this month and amazing marine encounters are very common
• Dolphin and Whale in the Bolivar Channel crossing on way to Fernandina Island
• Winds are still high during this month

DECEMBER

Weather conditions
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 27 / 22C
• Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 22.5C
Animals mating / breeding:
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Green sea turtles begin mating
• Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas begin mating
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions breeding
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)
Special Notes:
• This month is the start of the warm season in the Archipelago and the Humboldt Current fades in strength
• This is the start and the end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in Galapagos, making wildlife encounters very attractive
• The sun starts to get more intense during this month. Be sure to pack up some sun block
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