Antarctica has to be one of our favourites – ok, so you won’t be escaping the cold, however a trip down south will offer excitement in abundance. The month of January offers the longest periods of daylight and also some of the warmest temperatures that the frozen south has to offer. January provides prime time for seal pups and also penguins hatching so the ‘cute appeal’ is in abundance. Towards the end of the month whale sightings are also on the increase which provides a great diversion whilst sailing the seas.
If you are looking for somewhere slightly warmer than the Antarctic then the Galapagos Islands are your best bet. With great wildlife sightings all year round (except September when most boats are dry docked) the month of January offers a milder climate with sporadic rain showers and is an ideal time for a family getaway (if you can get your kids out of school!) as you avoid the peak holiday months. From a wildlife perspective some of the January attractions you can expect include the marine iguanas still having their bright colours, green sea turtles laying their eggs and the breeding season for the Isabela land iguanas. For those birders out there, January is also the nesting season or finches and warblers and you may even see hawks feasting on young marine iguanas on Fernandina Island.