Galapagos Islands

January in the Galapagos Islands

Many people take their vacations at the beginning of the year, which most likely is in January. Around the world this can be a cold or rainy month, in fact in the Galapagos Islands, the rainy season begins in January. However, it is also one of the best months to visit the archipelago, Why? Keep reading to find it out.

Mating season for birds and reptiles.

Throughout the Galapagos Islands, marine iguanas are mating in January. The actually turn bright green and red to attract mates. Primarily on Isabela Island, the land iguanas have their mating season, and this means that land iguanas begin their reproductive cycles on this island.

Tortoises breed mainly during the hot season from January to May.The number of eggs ranges from 2-7, the sex of a tortoise is determined by the temperature of incubation, with females developing at slightly hotter temperatures. Green sea turtles lay their  eggs on Galapagos beaches including Tortuga Bay (the largest white sand beach in Santa Cruz island), which receives massive visit of sea turtle nesting season. To prevent destruction of the nests, there are marked paths for visitors in the beaches.

Darwin’s finches such as the Galapagos mockingbird and other land birds start nesting after the first rain.The rare lava heron, unique to the Galapagos Islands, nest in January, too. Migrant shore birds visit the archipelago to take a rest during this season.

It’s perfect time for snorkeling

From January to March water temperatures are warming up and due to  pristine waters and calm sea, visibility is excellent and a good news for those who suffer from seasickness. These months offer temperatures ranging from the low 21ºC (74ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF), making pleasant conditions for hiking and wildlife-spotting. And though this season experiences frequent (but short) showers, the sun shines brightly on most days.

It’s springtime blooms season

Not only is January a good time for snorkeling and see baby giant tortoises, but also to see the blooming flowers decorate the islands in radiant colors. The warm, wet weather of spring season brings with it an exotic bursts of yellow and white wildflowers across the islands. The most commonly see are: the endemic white passion flowers (the official flower of the Galapagos) and Momordica charantia fruit, the endangered cutleaf daisy, the prickly Opuntia and Lava Cacti.

There’s really not a bad time to visit the archipelago and in January, you can enjoy from its calm, warm waters and balmy temperatures while snorkeling, spot the wildlife hatching and colorful wildflowers blooming. Start planning your trip to these enchanted Islands. Ikala Galapagos Hotel offer unmatched accommodation in its comfortable and luxury facilities, along with many useful  amenities and service. Book your room here!