One of the most common questions we get asked: when is the best month to travel to Galapagos? Is our vacation to Galapagos in March a good idea, or should we go in February or April? Is it too hot / cold / rainy in March? Are the March seas warm enough for swimming? Our answer is always the same – March is a great month at Galapagos, and so too are all the other months! The Galapagos Islands are an all year round travel destination, with comfortable weather and great wildlife viewing every month of the year. So yes, March is as good a month as any to visit Galapagos.
Read on for everything you need to know about Galapagos in MARCH – temperatures, rainfall and wildlife highlights.
March is in the middle of the WARM & WET Galapagos season, so expect plenty of sun, with occasional heavy showers, and some humidity. Sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses are a must.
In WARM & WET months like March, the rains and sunshine transform the island highlands into a lush and green Paradise. March is perfect for land species such as the Giant Tortoise, Land Iguanas, Darwin Finches & other land birds, who find food plentiful.
Don’t worry, the Galapagos marine species are also easily spotted in March, even though the warmer seas mean fewer nutrients for them to feed on.
March sees REGULAR demand for Galapagos cruise spaces throughout the month. Possible exceptions are if Carnaval public holiday weekend or Easter, which, occasionally fall during this month, then demand from Ecuadorian travelers is very high and Galapagos flight spaces may be full. March is also a good month for Galapagos Land Tours.
March at Galapagos is a month of contrasts - both the warmest and the rainiest month at the islands. Temperatures average 31 degrees celcius, with 2 inches of rain falling though the month. So most days you’ll be in shorts and Tshirt and slapping sun cream on your back, but it’s a good idea to keep a raincoat handy too, just in case of March showers.
March water temperatures are pleasantly warm (25 degrees celcius), making it a great month for swimming and snorkeling. Most March Galapagos visitors will not need a wetsuit to enter the waters, but should be aware that currents and surges may be stronger than usual.
Is March in Galapagos a good month for wildlife? Remember, every month at the Galapagos Islands (including March) is amazing for wildlife spotting, and almost all land and marine species can in fact be found all year-round.
That said, each month does bring something different to the archipelago. Subtle changes in animal behavior such as breeding, nesting, hatching, feeding, growing, migrating. The Galapagos natural world is in constant change. March is special for the return of the Waved Albatross to Española Island, returning to nest and mate after 3 months feeding at sea. Red-footed Boobies are also hatching, which makes it a great month to visit Genovesa island.
Check out the infographic below for some of the special wildlife highlights to expect at Galapagos in March.
In conclusion, March is a wonderful month to visit the Galapagos islands, with plenty of sun, the occasional rain shower, lush green vegetation, and top wildlife spotting opportunities.
We really hope that this March in Galapagos blog was useful. If you are looking for a complete summary of Galapagos climate across the year, then also check out our general Galapagos Weather blog.
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