Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands in December

December Weather & When To Go

December marks the start of the warmer season, and temperatures on land start to increase. Water temperatures will increase towards the end of the month and into January when the sun has had a bit more time to heat it. December also marks the start and the end of breeding season for lots of different wildlife.

December sees warmer weather, and a lot of wildlife activity – although to travel you have to book well in advance.

With the onset of Christmas and the New Year, as well as the start of warmer weather, December is a busy month in the Galapagos Islands, and we recommend booking early, although occasionally there may be some last minute spaces if you’re lucky. Skies are clearer now, and there is less wind.

Giant Galapagos tortoise eggs begin hatching now, and the season lasts until April. Seeing these giant animals emerge so tiny from their eggs is a wonderful experience, and worth seeing for any wildlife and nature enthusiast. Under the water, green sea turtles start displaying mating behaviours, and snorkelling in general is great, with lots of active wildlife. Although the Humboldt Current has calmed now, adding fewer nutrients to the water. Swimming with sea lions is always an option in the Galapagos and not to be missed.

The birding is excellent at this time of year. The first baby waved albatross start to fledge, and this can be a long process for these unique birds – the only albatross to spend their lifetime in tropical climes.

December can be a wonderful time to travel to the Galapagos, and we’d highly recommend it, however spots on board ships fill up fast, so we recommend booking early to ensure you get the experience on the ship you prefer.

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