Galapagos Wildlife Calendar For January And February

Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Penguins

In the Galapagos, the wildlife is the main attraction.  Below is an indication of what you can expect to see in January and February during your Galapagos Tour.


  • Beginning of the rainy season.
  • Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rain.
  • On Hood (Española) Island, adult marine iguanas become brightly colored (green, red, and black).
  • The green sea turtles arrive to beaches in Galapagos to lay their eggs.
  • Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela Island.
  • Both water and air temperatures rise and stay warm until June, which is an ideal time for snorkeling.


  • On Floreana Island, greater flamingos start nesting.
  • Bahama pintail ducks (Black-tailed pintail) start their breeding season.
  • Nazca (masked) boobies on Hood are at the end of their nesting season.
  • Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz Island.
  • The highest water temperature reaches 25C (77F).  This temperature remains constant until April.
  • Very few Galapagos penguins are sighted at Bartolome Island (most have followed the cool waters back to the west or near upwelling areas).
  • Nesting season of the Galapagos dove reaches its peak.

For a natural wildlife calendar of the Galapagos Islands for each month of the year, see Galapagos Wildlife Calendar.