The month of January usually marks the start of the Warm & Wet season in the Galapagos Islands (although global warming has shaken things up and nothing is set in stone). The southern trade winds ease, and the Panama current (or ‘Niño Flow’) brings warmer waters to the islands from the northeast. Short, tropical rain showers revive the flora and fauna in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where Galapagos Safari Camp is located. Between the downpours, you can expect longer periods of clear, blue, sunny skies. An increase in air humidity is also to be expected, especially on the coast.
Snorkeling is very pleasant in January as the sea is warmer and calmer, making underwater visibility very good. While conditions in the cold & dry season tend to attract more marine life, there is still more than enough to see at this time of year.
The warm & wet season is a celebration of new beginnings for the creatures of the Galapagos Islands. Many species of birds, iguanas, turtles, and giant tortoises are starting to breed. This flurry of mating activity makes for some extraordinary wildlife encounters.
For more information on our wildlife safaris, see our Land-Based Safaris.
At this time of year humidity levels are climbing, particularly on the coastline. As Galapagos Safari Camp is located in the highlands of Santa Cruz, it benefits from cooler evenings and nights, making it more comfortable to dine outside, and sleep without the need for air-conditioning.
Sunsets are also spectacular at this time of year. Order your favourite cocktail and witness the sun dropping over the national park and distant islands at the end of each day.
For more information on the Galapagos throughout the year, see When to visit the Galapagos Islands.