Weather in Galapagos

The Weather in Galapagos during February is one of the most delightful climates of the Hot Season.

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In this time of the year, the Islands not only adopt an emerald-green color, and turn humid and balmy warm, but many species start reproducing now.

For these, this time is the only one where they have their best chance to pass their genes to a next generation.

Thus, February is a month when lots of unique and exciting things exclusively happen. The experience is quite unique for visitors, and you should not miss seeing this amazing realm.

A couple of highlights include the Marine Iguanas (especially those in Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island, Punta Suarez and Espanola Island) with eye-catching colors, and nesting behavior.

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But of course, the most committed effort goes to the Frigatebirds Males will display their scarlet-red gular pouches as they try to attract a passing female.

Such wildlife encounters will continue until the end of April, but it is during February, March and April where the most rewarding natural events and wildlife encounters will occur.

The marine environment deserves special attention, since the warm waters stationed at the Panamic Province, are ready to head down south, while bathing the Galapagos.

Expected water temperatures to range between 24ºC and 27ºC (76ºF – 80ºF), and visibility to be generally good (15-18 meters; 50-60 feet).

Having a marine tropical ecosystem next to Galapagos Penguins and playful Galapagos Sea Lions (that come from much colder and temperate environments) is another enriching wildlife experience.

What other tropical destination on Earth has a penguin? Of course, zoos don't count! The Galapagos marine reserve will delight every single explorer, particularly at the most western Islands of the Archipelago (Isabela and Fernandina).

Snorkeling in Galapagos and glass-bottom boat outings are adventures you should not miss.

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Looking at the weather in Galapagos, we see these Islands as the world of perpetual change, and these are the most relevant natural events expected to happen each February – March – April period:

  • The Hot Season is at its best days.
  • The Islands are almost fully green (vegetation) due to more humidity and occasional showers.
  • Reproduction of land reptiles, as well as land birds.
  • Great frigate birds have engaged in full courtship and nesting.
  • Large flocks of blue-footed boobies feeding out in the west of Galapagos (Isabela and Fernandina Islands).
  • Arrival of first waved albatrosses to Espanola Island (end of March).
  • Most waters remain calm within the Islands.
  • Sunrises and sunsets (especially out in the west) are simply spectacular.
  • March 10th: 471st Anniversary of the Discovery of Galapagos Islands by Bishop Tomas de Berlanga (1535).
  • Transition of the weather in Galapagos (end of April) between the Hot Season and the Dry Season.
  • Courtship of waved albatrosses and blue-footed boobies at Punta Suárez, Espanola Island (end of April).
  • And, of course, one of the most important reasons for coming these days: the weather in Galapagos!Escape the winter, the carnival, the Mardi Gras, the cold, the noise, etc, and come to enjoy the most rewarding weather of any time of the year in Galapagos: February – March and April.

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Without a doubt, your decision of taking advantage of the weather in Galapagos during these months, will be completely supported by the outstanding natural events and wildlife encounters you will experience.

If you have already explored the Islands during the Dry Season (May – November), I'll suggest you consider returning during the months of the Hot Season.

Returning to this "magical paradise" will be totally a new experience during the Hot Season. That is how much the weather in Galapagos changes and you will just love experiencing such.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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