How can I travel to the Galapagos Islands?
You must take a flight from your country of origin with destination to Quito or Guayaquil and later take a flight to Baltra or San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. We suggest you planning your arrival 1 or 2 days before your trip to the islands because if there are cancellations due to bad weather or delays in the international flight you will have enough time and won´t miss anything of your trip to Galapagos.
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How many days do you recommend staying in the Galapagos?
We recommend a minimum of 5 days. There are also tours from 3 days that can be ideal when you have little time to travel, however it is best to extend your tour as much as possible since the first and the last day are consumed almost entirely by the travel time from the mainland to the islands. The ideal time is an 8 day trip that will allow you to make some combinations of different tours and to know more about Galapagos.
What are the best Galapagos Islands?
The wonderful thing about the islands is that they are all different from each other, their landscape, flora and fauna are diverse and often unique on the planet! On each island you will find different areas of habitats such as coral reefs, forests in the highlands, sand dunes, bushland areas and others. These habitats coexist with a variety of endemic species such as the Galapagos giant tortoise which makes each one unique and has a different appeal. Endemism in the islands is due to their isolation from the continent, which has allowed species to evolve differently from other habitats. It is very easy to appreciate different species in each of the islands as they are turtles, penguins, land and marine iguanas, frigates, albatrosses, zayapas, finches, cormorants that due to their evolution cannot fly, the famous blue-footed boobies and many plus. You can also appreciate marine life and observe sea lions, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, giant rays and many other species that will surprise you in each of your excursions. If you have a special interest in some of them or want to do a specific activity, we can advise you with the best itinerary in cruise or daily tour.
Which is better, cruise or daily tour?
It all depends on the customer's preference. The capacity of vessels operating in Galapagos is maximum 100 passengers, with a minimum of 16 passengers. If you get dizzy easily or travel with young children the best thing is to opt for a combined tour that allows you to visit the islands in daily tours staying in the comfort of a hotel.
I travel with small children, what should I expect?
Many cruises have child friendly policies; however some of them have age restrictions so you have to look for the best option to travel. You have to take into account that it is possible that in small boats the children may suffer of dizziness and perhaps there may not have certain services like equipment of surface diving or life jackets. The combined hotel and yacht tour can be an excellent option for families with small children that will allow them to have more flexibility in the visits and adapt their itinerary to excursions suitable for small children.
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Can I carry food or drinks in my luggage?
The best thing is to avoid carrying food, if you need to it has to be packaged food and not fruits. It is possible to bring a personal amount of soft drinks. There is a quarantine system for the Galapagos Islands, at the time of entry and departure of the islands, staff will check your luggage by X-ray and scan your suitcase.
What is the best season for a trip to Galapagos?
It is possible to visit the Galapagos throughout the year, each season has a different attraction so your view will depend on your availability, if you prefer a warm or temperate climate, if you would like to do surface diving or sport diving or observe a bird or animal in particular. The climate in the Galapagos Islands is subtropical and is regulated by the warm current of El Niño and the cold current of Humboldt which results in two seasons. In the hot season between December and May the temperature is warmer, the sea is calmer, tropical showers occasionally occur and the flora on the islands turns green and leafy. In the dry season from June to November the climate is cooler, it forms a thin layer of humidity known as Garúa and there are strong winds. The sea temperature drops down making it ideal for surface diving and deep diving. We recommend that if you already knew Galapagos in one of the two stations you alternate the season in your next trip so you get to know another facet of Galapagos.
Can we pay by credit card?
Yes, many establishments receive a credit card. We recommend having cash on hand for small consumption, tips and for places where they do not accept them.
Are there any banks in Galapagos?
En Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, hay sucursales del Banco del Pacífico y Banco de Pichincha que atienden de 9:00 am a 4:00 pm. En San Cristóbal – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno se encuentra el Banco del Pacífico que atiende de 9:00 am a 4:00 pm. Los dos bancos son representantes de Visa y Master Card.
Los cajeros automáticos funcionan 24 horas, sin embargo recomendamos siempre llevar contigo dinero en efectivo.In Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, there is Bank of the Pacific and Bank of Pichincha that serve from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. In San Cristóbal - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno there is Bank of the Pacific that serves from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The two banks are representatives of Visa and Master Card. ATMs operate 24 hours; however we recommend that you always carry cash with you.
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What currency is used in Ecuador and Galapagos?
In Ecuador and Galapagos, US dollars is used.
How much and what fees do I have to pay to travel to Galapagos?
You must pay the TRAFFIC CONTROL CARD at the airports of Quito or Guayaquil, presenting your ticket and passport, it has a cost of $ 20.00 (USD) for Ecuadorians and foreigners. Upon arrival to the islands you must pay $ 100.00 (USD) as a contribution fee to the GALÁPAGOS NATIONAL PARK. Citizens of Mercosur and the Andean Community (Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Bolivia) pay $ 50 (USD). Ecuadorians and residents with Ecuadorian ID pay $ 6.00 (USD) and children 50% of these values. Both values must be paid in cash.