Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands in January

January Weather & When To Go

The Galapagos Islands are pretty much a year round destination, however there are some things to consider when booking, such as what wildlife will be around, the water visibility and so on. January is a popular month due to the New Year, however it is technically the start of the rainy season. 

In January, green sea turtles start arrive to start laying eggs on the beaches, and the land birds are nesting. 

The rainy season lasts from December to May and January sees an average of about two centimetres of rain for the month, usually drizzling for a short period of time each day before brightening up. This is one of the sunniest times of year in the Galapagos Islands. The temperature averages at about 28.8 degrees Celsius, so it is nice and warm, but not the up to the average 30 degrees Celsius that is needed to maintain coral, hence the unique underwater world of the Galapagos.

If it is the marine world you are looking to explore the most, then it is good to note that January has the best visibility. However, there are not so many fish at this time of year. The rainy season is mating season for the sea lions, and you’re in with a great chance of spotting green sea turtles as they arrive to start nesting. On Espanola (Hood) Island, it is the start of the mating season for marine iguanas and they become very bright in colour.

January is one of the best months to visit for land birds, and you can see some very unusual mating rituals. You are likely to see red footed and Nazca (masked) boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds on North Seymour, flightless cormorants, penguins, and even greater flamingos which breed and nest year round depending on food supply.

The beginning of the year also marks when the green sea turtles lay their eggs.

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