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Galapagos in December

Your December trip to the Galapagos

Galapagos Weather in December

  • Avg. Max. temperature: 81°F (27.0°C)
  • Avg Min. temperature: 70°F (21.0°C)
  • Avg. temperature: 74°F (24.0°C)
  • Avg. Sea temperature: 73°F (22.5°C)
  • Avg. Monthly Rainfall: 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in the highlands

December 2015, El Niño Weather Update

The Galapagos Islands are expected to experience higher than normal air and water temperatures in December 2015 due to the impending El Niño event. This is also likely to cause more rain than an average December. The increased water temperature also puts extreme food pressure on any species whos diet is based upon a food chain that originates in ocean. I previous El Niño events of 1997-98 and 1982-83 saw devistation of populations of marine iguanas, penguins, and most seafood dependent species.

Normal December Weather Patterns

December is a very unique month to visit the Galapagos Islands, as it marks the shift between the cool/dry season and the warm/wet season. Depending on when you plan your trip and the climates of that particular year, you might experience either or both of these seasons all in one trip. Because of this, December is considered one of the best months to visit for good weather.

Since it is the start of the hot and rainy season, it’s even more important to remember to use a high SPF sunscreen.

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