Surely you have wondered what is the best time to travel to the Galapagos Islands? But let me tell you that this natural paradise is a place you can visit at any time of the year. Each month has its own characteristics, in terms of climate and wildlife.
Without a doubt, knowing when to plan your trip and the month to visit it will make your experience memorable. In this post we will focus on visiting Galapagos in March. The Enchanted Islands in the month of March are a very good option for travel, and there are many benefits during this month, especially due to the warm weather and excellent diving opportunities at this time of year. Here you will be able to pack all the necessary information about everything you can do during this month.
GALAPAGOS WEATHER IN MARCH
The Galapagos Islands during the month of March are in the hot and humid season. In March the rainy season is at its peak. During your visit this month, expect more rain than during the rest of the year.
There may also be sunny days with occasional showers and some humidity. For example, in the west, Baltra, Genovesa, Santiago, Fernandina and Isabela islands become warmer than usual.
For your visit to the Galapagos Islands in March we recommend you bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, as the tropical sun this month is blazing. It is also a good idea to bring a light umbrella in case the rain surprises you.
It is important to emphasize that being a month with high rainfall, there may be swells, which affects the transfer between islands aboard a cruise ship. Mainly affecting North Seymour Island and Gardner Bay. If you want to avoid the rains it is advisable to travel in late March, when the rainy season is coming to an end.
Average high temperature in March: 88°F (31°C)
March average temperature: 82°F (28°C)
Water temperature: 77°F (25.0°C)
March average rainfall totals: 2 in (5.1 cm)
WILDLIFE TO SEE IN MARCH
One of the main highlights of Galapagos wildlife in March is the return of the Galapagos albatross to the Islands. These birds also known as waved albatrosses begin arriving on Española Island during the month of March. If you are traveling through the islands aboard a cruise ship you are more probable to see them, and even better if it is in the middle of the month.
March is also a good month to see nesting animals, some such as green sea turtles, land iguanas and marine iguanas. During this time land iguanas can become more aggressive and territorial. So take care of that.
As for nesting birds, we have the great frigatebirds on Genovesa Island. Other birds nesting in March are Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and large flamingos.
Being a warm and humid month, the rains and sunshine favor the flourishing of vegetation in the highlands. This is perfect for feeding terrestrial species, such as the giant tortoise, land iguanas, Darwin’s finches and other land birds.
Similarly, marine life are easy to see during this month because the warm water. For example, hammerhead sharks concentrate in Galapagos in large numbers during this season.
TOURIST DEMAND IN MARCH
March can be an excellent month to get good value in a galapagos cruise or in a land tour.
It is important to keep in mind that Easter sometimes falls in March, so during this holiday prices can become a little higher. Also the demand during this time can be higher. So you can take this into account when planning your visit to the Galapagos Islands in March.
Without a doubt visiting the Islands in March is one of the best opportunities to enjoy all the charms of this natural paradise. Contact us and we will help you organize the trip of a lifetime to the enchanted islands.