Galapagos year around a calendar of main events

January

  • Beginning of the rainy season.
  • Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rain.
  • On Española the adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored.
  • The green sea turtle  arrives to the beaches of Galapagos to lay their eggs.
  • Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela.
  • Water sand air temperatures rise and stay warm until June.
  • Ideal time for snorkeling.

 

February

  • On Floreana flamingos start nesting.
  • Bahamas pintails start their breeding season.
  • Masked boobies on Española are at the end of their nesting season.
  • Marine iguanas nest on Sta. Cruz.
  • The highest water temperature reaches 25º C (77º F). This temperature remains until April.
  • Very few penguins are sighted in Bartholomew.
  • The nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak.

 

March

  • The rainy season reaches the highest precipitation.
  • Sporadic tropical rains, intense sun and hot climate. Air temperature can reach up to 30º C (86º F).
  • Marine iguanas nest in Fernandina.
  • March 21, the beginning of the summer equinox signals the arrival of the waved albatross to Española.

 

April

  • Massive arrival of waved albatross to Española. Their courtship starts.
  • Hatching season ends for giant tortoises.
  • The eggs of the green sea turtles begin to hatch.
  • Land iguanas hatch on Isabela.

 

May

  • North Seymour's blue-footed boobies begin their courtship.
  • Sea turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant, and Puerto Egas.
  • Most of marine iguanas' eggs hatch from nests on Santa Cruz.
  • Palo Santo trees begin to shed their foliage.
  • Waved albatross on Española start laying their eggs.
  • Band-rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period.

 

June

  • Beginning of the garúa season.
  • Giant tortoises on Sta. Cruz migrate from the highlands to the lowlands in search of suitable nesting places.
  • Beginning of the nesting season of giant tortoises.

 

July

  • Sea bird communities are very active, especially the blue footed boobies on Española. While, flightless cormorants court and nest on Fernandina.
  • It is possible to find oystercatchers nesting on Pto. Egas.
  • Lava lizard initiates mating rituals until November.
  • Whales are more likely to be observed, specially off the Western coast of Isabela.

 

August

  • The Galapagos hawks court on Española and Santiago.
  • Mask boobies and swallowtailed gulls nest on Genovesa.
  • The temperature of the ocean descends to 18º C (64º F). which obviously varies, according to the geographic  zones among the islands.
  • Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March.
  • Giant tortoises return to the highlands of Sta. Cruz.

 

September

  • Cold (garúa) season peak.
  • The air temperature reaches its lowest (19º C) (66º F).
  • Penguins demonstrate remarkable activity on Bartolome until December.
  • Sea lions are very active, especially in the western and central areas of the Archipelago.
  • Most species of marine birds remain active at their nesting sites.

 

October

  • Lava herons nest until March.
  • The Galapagos fur seals begin their marine period.
  • Boobies raise their chicks on Española.
  • Giant tortoises still lay their eggs.

 

November

  • Sea lion pups are born.
  • Sea lions are sexually active on the Eastern part of the Archipelago.
  • Breeding season of brown noddies.
  • Band-romped storm petrels begin their second nesting period.

 

December

  • Hatching of the giant tortoise’s eggs begins and lasts until April.
  • Green sea turtles display their mating behavior.
  • The rainy season begins, all of the plants of the dry zone produce leaves, Galapagos turns green.
  • The first young albatross fledge.

Note: Due to changes in the strength and the limits of the ocean currents that can affect the weather in Galapagos, some of the events described above may differ.

Established departures 2017

Birding in the East and West slopes of the Andes
11 days:
July 24 - August 3
October 09 - 19
December 11 – 21

14 days:
July 24 - August 6
October 09 - 22

The Southern Endemics
10 days:
June 28 - July 7
September 06-15
November 29 - December 08

14 days:
June 28 - July 11
September 06-19
November 29 - December 12

Birding Galapagos
8 days:
March 19 - 26
August 13 – 20
November 05 – 12

Ecuador tours
from 800 USD

Travel guide

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or to climb one of the country’s volcanoes. This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

Guide me

Testimonials

Dian Keevin /USA
2016-05-31, 19:26
Our trip was wonderful. Thank you for all the work you did to help us. Enjoy Peru and the Galapagos

Tailor made

We can combine cultural and natural destinations for small or large groups, to fit into the dates that you want to travel and that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding travellers.

Make your trip

Last minute

Accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) all guides excursions: Bird watching, swimming & tubing, Kayaking & canoeing, fishing, Achuar community visit, land and air transportation...

Get it
ene logo

ENE CONTACT

Machala N68-66 Belisario Torres
Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, South America

Call us

Ecuador
+593 997 732 692, +593 2 601 8465

USA & Canada
+1 305 897 1251