Galapagos Islands Climate

The Galapagos Islands climate is at its best during the last month of the year, and the first months of each New Year.


These are known as the transition months in Galapagos.

If you live in northern latitudes, say higher than 30 degrees N, chances are you are not expecting warm days now, right?

Well, escaping the cold, and heading for warm days, seems to be the trend worldwide.

Of course, Galapagos is not just one more tropical destination...

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It is one of the most amazing National Parks and Marine Reserves, in the world, and where the best of the Galapagos Wildlife encounters happen.

But, really what makes Galapagos so special in these months? Here are some expedition highlights for you to consider, and remember, they only happen at this time of the year.

Galapagos Islands climate has changed, and the islands' waters have warmed up, vegetation has started to become green, and wildlife is adapting to such changes.

Land-depending species become quite active as their breeding starts, while that of the sea-depending species starts to slow down.

Galapagos land birds, including Darwin's Finches have started to reproduce. Watch how their courtship and nesting happens.

There are only four months of the year that can be called transitional months: December, January, April and May. These months are worth calling Satisfaction guaranteed.

At this time of the year, you can visit outstanding Islands like Bartolome Genovesa, Santa Cruz, Espanola, Isabela, and Fernandina

Snorkel next to the only Tropical Penguins on Earth, witness the amazing courtship of the Great Frigatebirds see giant Galapagos Tortoises roaming the volcanic landscape of Galapagos.

Walk among Blue Footed Boobies plunge next to young Sea Lions which are just learning to swim.

And explore the shores where the most numerous colony of Marine Iguanas are found.

Enjoy the arrival of the warm waters from the north. Snorkel and swim next to penguins and sea lions with no need to freeze in the water. Tropical fishes abound too.

Galapagos Islands climate during December, January and February is quite remarkable, as most days are sunny, but not overwhelmingly hot. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. It is all picture perfect.

Marine iguanas have just developed the most colorful mix of colors for a reptile: emerald green, red and black. Best sightings happen at Espanola, Santa Cruz and Fernandina Islands.

You will have the chance to observe how males establish ownership by acting territorial to other individuals.

Galapagos Land Iguanas on Isabela Island have developed bright yellow colors, which next to light brown and reddish blotches, make these reptiles the most attractive of the arid zone.

Their mating season has just started. Green sea turtles show the highest curiosity of the year to snorkelers.

Best locations to look for this unique behavior includes Bartolom3 and Fernandina Islands.

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Enjoy the wonderful Galapagos Islands climate during the transition months.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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. Click to order from Amazon

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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