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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. 

Clearly, knowing when to plan your trip and the month to visit will make your experience truly memorable. In this post we will focus on visiting the Galapagos Islands in December. 

December in Galapagos is a great month for travel, and offers some benefits, 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 your visit to Galapagos Islands in December. 


December is a season of transition from the cold and dry season to the hot and humid season. So during this month you should expect changing weather conditions. Especially during the Christmas and New Year season, strong tropical sunshine is expected. 

December is excellent for visiting the islands, as the garúa season is over. Therefore, both day and night temperatures are warm. Don’t expect rain, as rainfall is low. 

Due to the good weather in December, the islands are perfect for enjoying water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and kayaking. It is also an excellent month for hiking and wildlife watching. 

As it is a month with a stronger sun, it is important to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, hats and caps.

Snorkeling in Galapagos Islands in December
Snorkeling in Galapagos Islands


Avg Max Temperature: 81°F (27.0°C)

Avg Min Temperature: 70°F (21.0°C)

Water temperature: 73°F (22.5°C)

December average rainfall totals: 0.5 inches (1.3 centimeters)


One of the most outstanding aspects of animal life in December is the giant tortoise egg hatching. If you visit Isabela Island, you will have a better chance of seeing these chicks. Likewise the Galapagos green sea turtles are in their mating season

The marine and land iguanas also begin their mating season, due to this they may become more aggressive and defensive. During this time you can see the marine iguanas very colorful, as they light up to attract their mates. 

Marine iguana

On the other hand, as far as birdlife is concerned, December is the last month of the year when you can see the Galapagos albatross, as they migrate during this month. One of the best parts of visiting the Galapagos Islands in December is watching the first hatchlings begin to fledge. The young chicks begin to develop wing feathers and later take off. 

Waved Albatross

During December the first rains arrive at the end of the month, increasing the activity of the archipelago’s landbirds. Darwin’s finches, short-eared owls and flycatchers prepare their nests for the breeding season.



December is a high season month in Galapagos. Due to the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, there is a greater demand for tourist activity. Therefore, the prices of hotels, cruises, services and others increase. 

If you want to visit the Galapagos Islands in December, it is advisable to book your accommodations in advance to ensure an enjoyable vacation.

Without a doubt, Galapagos in December is one of the best opportunities to enjoy all the charms of this natural paradise. Whether on a land trip or a cruise excursion. 

Contact us and we will help you organize the trip of a lifetime to the enchanted islands.

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