The new year brings with it a flood of life and activity to the islands. Traditionally, this is when the Galapagos rainy season begins (although global warming has shaken things up and nothing is set in stone) which means days are made up of a cycle of humid tropical storms followed by periods of clear blue skies. A flurry of mating activity makes for some extraordinary wildlife encounters; the waters are warm and clear tempting sea lion pups, rays and turtles close to the shore.
Air temperature: 22-30°C / 72-86°F
Sea temperature: 74°C
Average rainfall: 2.5cm – 1in
Clear skies (hours): 5.3
January in the Galapagos Islands brings a vibrant change to the archipelago, and signals the end of the garúa season. The Panama current arrives from the north to warm the waters, and tropical rain showers revive the flora and fauna in the highlands where our camp is based.
Snorkeling is very good in January as the warm waters are clear and underwater visibility is good.
The warm season is a celebration of new beginnings for the creatures of the Galapagos Islands. Many species of birds, land and marine iguanas, green turtles, and giant tortoises are starting to breed.
The daily rains come and go quickly, leaving sunny skies and tropical temperatures in their wake.
For more information on the Galapagos throughout the year, see When to visit the Galapagos Islands.