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The Galapagos Islands are a destination you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Knowing when to plan your trip and the month to visit will surely make your experience memorable. It is important to know the enchanted islands is a place you can visit at any time of the year.

Each month has its own characteristics in terms of climate and wildlife. However in this post we will focus on visiting Galapagos in January. Here you will be able to cram all the necessary information about weather, wildlife and activities you can do during this month. 


January marks the beginning of the warm and wet season in Galapagos. At this time of year mornings are sunny and blue skies. Afternoon showers and some humidity are common. This month is perfect for those who like a tropical climate with warmer and clearer waters. 

January is one of the best months for hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. While on land you will be able to observe wildlife. Of course marine activities are also an excellent option, since most of the marine fauna is active during this season. And finally the galapagos cruise tour is another good option to live a magical experience.

It is important to know that being a sunny season, temperatures are strong and the sun’s rays are more direct. So, in your suitcase you should bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It is also convenient to have a light raincoat on hand, just in case. 


Average high temperature in January: 85°F (29°C)

January average temperature: 80-83°F (26-28°C)

Water temperature: 76°F (24°C)

January average rainfall totals: 2.4″ (60mm)


Visiting the Galapagos Islands in January is one of the best opportunities to observe Galapagos wildlife at its best. Among the highlights is the fact that green sea turtles begin to visit the islands to lay their eggs. Also in this month on Española Island, the mating season for marine and land iguanas begins. This is a very colorful time in the Galapagos Islands, as the marine iguanas become brightly colored, displaying red, green and black colors.

Another interesting highlight of visiting the Galapagos Islands in January are the penguins. Galapagos penguins are a species that can only be found here. During the month of January this friendly little animal loves to swim through the mild waters of the warm season in search of food. 

Flightless cormorants, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds are some of the species you will also see during the month of January. And if you are lucky you will be able to see flamingos. 

The marine currents coming in January are warm and fresh, which makes them perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. You will be able to observe all the beauties of the deep sea, colorful fish, turtles and more. It is definitely the best opportunity to take great pictures. 

In warm, humid months like January, the rains and sunshine begin to transform the island’s highlands into a lush, green paradise. Which in turn means that land animals can get plenty of food. 


Due to the vacation season in the month of December (Christmas and New Year), there is an increased demand. This continues at least until the beginning of January and often until the middle of the month. So during this time there will be a higher demand for accommodations and cruises. It is important to research and book tours in advance. 

Because of the high demand, the costs of flights and accommodations may represent an increase. This may be an important consideration for some, and if you are flexible about timing, you can visit the enchanted islands in mid-January. 

Without a doubt visiting the Islands in January 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.

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