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 Idioma Español: Covid 19 Reglas para el ingreso a Galapagos luego del texto en Ingles.

Notice:  As your local agency we will advise and assist you in all these procedures:

I.- Before starting the trip to the Galapagos province, the national or foreign tourist must have:

a) Identity document (identity card or passport).
b) Round trip air ticket to the Galapagos province.
c) Negative result of an RT-PCR test performed up to 96 hours before admission to the
Province. The tests carried out in Ecuador must come from a laboratory recognized by the Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services and Prepaid Medicine (ACESS) 1. The tests will not be compulsory for minors.
d) Safe-conduct issued by the tour operator or the Galapagos tourist accommodation establishment that will provide services in that province. The tourist services must be hired in establishments that have a tourism registry and the established biosafety protocols.
e) Traffic control card issued by the Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos
f) Traveler’s Health Declaration Form in order to identify the place of their stay, for tourists who start the trip in Ecuador. For tourists starting the trip abroad, this form will be completed upon arrival in the country.
g) Mandatory health insurance. It applies only to foreign tourists (Art. 49 of the Organic Law of the Special Regime for the Province of Galapagos).
Upon arrival in the Galapagos province, all tourists must cancel:
h) Current tax of the Galapagos National Park for national and foreign tourists
i) Transfers and contracted services.

For Groups: the local tour operator can pay the value of the traffic control card of its tourists through the means enabled by the CGREG.

b) Next, pass the control of the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG).
c) Register at the airline counter and present the negative result of the RT-PCR test performed up to 96 hours before entering the province. Registration at the airline counter is mandatory, even if you have your boarding pass issued and no luggage to check in. Control of symptoms and signs related to Covid-19 (fever, cough, joint pain, anosmia, general malaise, headache) will also be performed.
d) Boarding and flight to Galapagos.
e) During the flight, fill out the biosecurity control form of the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and Quarantine for Galapagos (ABG).
2. Upon arrival in Galapagos
a) Carry out the immigration control of entry to the province. Responsible for the Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos.
b) Pay the tribute of the Galapagos National Park.
c) Purchase the ticket for ground transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Canal. *
d) Remove checked baggage.
e) Transfer from Baltra Airport – Itabaca Canal or Baltra dock *.
In the case of arrival in San Cristóbal, the departure is direct.
f) Buy a ferry ticket to cross the Itabaca Canal. *
g) Transfer Itabaca pier in Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora. *
h) Arrival at hotel or boarding in case of navigable tour.
i) In the case of organized groups, the tour operator can pay the Park tax
Galapagos National Park of its tourists through the means authorized by said entity.
* Applies for arrivals in Baltra

 

PROCEDURE FOR THE TRAVEL OF FOREIGN TOURISTS TO THE PROVINCE OF GALÁPAGOS (step by step)

1- Accommodation contracted directly with establishments in continental Ecuador and the Galapagos province, which have a tourism registry.
2. The tourist must have a passport issued by the tour operator or by the Galápagos tourist accommodation establishment that will provide services in that province.
3. To enter Ecuador, tourists must have an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out in their country of origin up to 7 days before arrival in Ecuador.
4. In case of having previously contracted the services and obtaining a positive result in the RT-PCR test, the tourist may change the date or cancel their trip according to the conditions of the tourist service provider
5. Upon arrival at the Quito or Guayaquil airport the tourist will present the negative result of the RT-PCR test to the official of the Ministry of Public Health at the airport.
6. At the control of the Ministry of Health at the arrival airport, the tourist must carry out a new RT-PCR test, at his cost.
7. All tourists must fill out the Traveler’s Health Declaration Form in order to identify the place of their stay in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos. This document must be completed upon arrival in the country.
8. Once the health controls (sampling for RT-PCR, control of
symptoms and signs), migration and customs, the tourist may move to the establishment of
previously contracted accommodation for a stay of at least 48 hours or until you have
the result of the test performed.
9. Accommodation in continental Ecuador must be done in establishments located in the
urban centers of arrival or in towns in rural areas that are at traffic lights
yellow or green.
10. In the case of a negative RT-PCR test result, the tourist may continue with the
travel plan in accordance with the general requirements and the travel procedure for the
tourists entering Galapagos.
11. If the tourist has turned out to be positive for COVID 19 in the test carried out upon arrival at
country, must comply with the mandatory isolation established in the regulations approved by the National Emergency Operations Committee.
SPECIFIC PROCEDURES FOR TOURISM OPERATORS
Tour operators are part of the Voluntary Monitoring Program for the Implementation of the Protocol for Covid-19 in Galapagos. The guidelines to be followed by operators and tourist guides in the Galapagos province are as follows:
1. Keep informed through official sources regarding the guidelines issued by the National COE and the Ministry of Public Health in the context of the health emergency.

 

BEHAVIOUR TOURIST – GUIDE – PEOPLE

2. Avoid greeting with physical contact, including shaking hands, both with other tour guides, providers, and visitors. The safety distance must be respected whenever possible at least 2 meters.
3. If the tour guide experiences any symptoms of the disease, even on a mild basis, he should refrain from providing the service.
4. Always wear the mask (or protective screen), except for aquatic activities or food.
5. Permanently inform tourists about the mandatory use of the mask.
6. Explain the technique for disposing of the mask according to the manufacturer’s instructions and its useful life. In cases where a protective screen or reusable mask is used,
it must be properly disinfected after each use.
7. Throw away any personal hygiene waste – especially disposable tissues – from
immediately to the bins or authorized containers.
8. Recommend to tourists the use of non-disposable personal protective equipment.
9. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, or, if this is not possible, use
a disinfecting solution such as 70% alcohol gel. This is especially important after coughing or sneezing and after touching potentially contaminated surfaces (knobs, railings, etc.)
10. Frequently disinfect objects for personal use with soap and water and, if not possible, with a disinfecting solution, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. For the disinfection of electronic work equipment, it is necessary to use disinfectant products applied with a cloth, or disinfecting wipes.

11. Avoid, as far as possible, sharing work equipment or devices with other tourist guides or with tourists. In case there is an alternation in the use of certain equipment or devices (walkies, radio guides, telephones, umbrellas, etc.), the tour guide must establish guidelines focused on cleaning and disinfection, and otherwise, on the use of personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of contagion.
12. The tourist guide must urge tourists to comply with the measures that are derived from the GUIDELINES FOR THE ENTRY OF TOURISTS TO THE PROVINCE OF GALÁPAGOS – SAFE TOURIST CORRIDOR FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
13. The administrator of the accommodation establishment or the captain of the vessel must keep a tourist log with daily monitoring of symptoms and signs related to Covid-19. The instrument will be provided by the Ministry of Public Health.
14. Regarding the number of passengers on the boats, they will be able to operate at 100% of their capacity. However, the capacity allowed by the Galápagos Provincial COE for the development of common activities, such as food service, talks, landings, among others, will be observed.
15. Regarding the number of passengers in the cabins of tourist vessels with overnight stays, they may not be occupied by more than 1 person except in the case of belonging to the same family nucleus or social group.

 

SAFETY ON BOARD

16. Disinfection of life jackets should be carried out before and after each use, with a dilution of hypochlorite with 3 tablespoons per liter of water.
17. Disinfection of devices for water and land sports should be done before and after use, with a dilution of hypochlorite with 3 tablespoons per liter of water.
18. Recommend the use of personal equipment for water activities (snorkeling and / or diving equipment).
19. The location of tourists in the restaurants on the Islands and on boats should be guaranteed in ventilated areas, preferably outdoors. Avoid more than one family per table.
20. For what is not foreseen in these guidelines, the biosafety protocols approved by the National COE must be applied.

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I.- Idioma Español: Covid 19 Reglas para el ingreso a Galapagos

Antes de iniciar el viaje a la provincia de Galápagos el turista nacional o extranjero deberá contar
con:
a) Documento de identidad (cédula o pasaporte).
b) Boleto aéreo ida y vuelta a la provincia de Galápagos.
c) Resultado negativo de una prueba RT-PCR realizada hasta 96 horas antes del ingreso a la
provincia. Las pruebas realizadas en Ecuador deberán proceder de un laboratorio
reconocido por la Agencia de Aseguramiento de la Calidad de los Servicios de Salud y
Medicina Prepagada (ACESS)1

. Las pruebas no serán obligatorias para menores de edad.
d) Salvoconducto emitido por el operador turístico o el establecimiento de alojamiento
turístico de Galápagos que le prestará los servicios en dicha provincia. Los servicios
turísticos deben ser contratados en establecimientos que cuenten con registro de turismo y
con los protocolos de bioseguridad establecidos.
e) Tarjeta de control de tránsito expedida por el Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de
Galápagos
f) Formulario de Declaración de Salud del Viajero con el fin de identificar el lugar de su
permanencia, para los turistas que inicien el viaje en Ecuador. Para los turistas que inicien
el viaje en el extranjero este formulario será llenado a su arribo al país.
g) Seguro de salud obligatorio. Aplica solo para turistas extranjeros (Art. 49 de la Ley
Orgánica del Régimen Especial para la Provincia de Galápagos).
Al arribo a la provincia de Galápagos, todo turista deberá cancelar:
h) Tributo vigente del Parque Nacional Galápagos para turistas nacionales y extranjeros
i) Traslados y servicios contratados.
PROCEDIMIENTO DE VIAJE A GALÁPAGOS DESDE EL CONTINENTE (paso a paso)
1. En el aeropuerto de salida (Quito o Guayaquil)
a) En el mostrador del Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos (CGREG)
ubicado en el aeropuerto de salida:
– Se verifica que el turista cuenta con el salvoconducto emitido por el operador turístico o
por el alojamiento debidamente autorizados por el Ministerio de Turismo (Dirección
Zonal Insular), de los servicios contratados.
– Pagar y retirar la tarjeta de control de tránsito.
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http://www.calidadsalud.gob.ec/laboratorios-autorizados/

LINEAMIENTOS PARA EL INGRESO DE TURISTAS A LA PROVINCIA DE GALÁPAGOS
PRESENTADOS POR EL CONSEJO DE GOBIERNO DEL RÉGIMEN ESPECIAL DE GALÁPAGOS,

MINISTERIO DE TURISMO Y MINISTERIO DE SALUD PÚBLICA.

2- En el caso de grupos organizados, el operador turístico puede pagar el valor de la tarjeta
de control de tránsito de sus turistas a través de los medios habilitados por el CGREG.
b) A continuación, pasar el control de la Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad
y Cuarentena para Galápagos (ABG).
c) Registrarse en el mostrador de la aerolínea y presentar el resultado negativo de la prueba
RT-PCR realizada hasta 96 horas antes del ingreso a la provincia. El registro en el
mostrador de la aerolínea es obligatorio, incluso en caso de contar con el pase de abordar
emitido y sin equipaje que facturar. Se realizará además el control de síntomas y signos
relacionados a Covid-19 (fiebre, tos, dolor articular, anosmia, malestar general, cefalea).
d) Embarque y vuelo a Galápagos.
e) Durante el vuelo, llenar el formulario de control de bioseguridad de la Agencia de
Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad y Cuarentena para Galápagos (ABG).
2. Al arribar a Galápagos
a) Realizar el control migratorio de entrada a la provincia. Responsable el Consejo de
Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos.
b) Pagar el tributo del Parque Nacional Galápagos.
c) Comprar el pasaje para traslado terrestre Aeropuerto de Baltra – Canal de Itabaca.*
d) Retirar el equipaje facturado.
e) Traslado Aeropuerto de Baltra – Canal de Itabaca o muelle de Baltra*.
En el caso de arribo a San Cristóbal, la salida es directa.
f) Comprar pasaje de ferry para cruzar el Canal de Itabaca.*
g) Traslado muelle de Itabaca en Santa Cruz a Puerto Ayora.*
h) Arribo a hotel o embarque en caso de tour navegable.
i) En caso de grupos organizados, el operador turístico puede pagar el tributo del Parque
Nacional Galápagos de sus turistas a través de los medios habilitados por dicha entidad.
*Aplica para arribos a Baltra.

PROCEDIMIENTO PARA EL VIAJE DE TURISTAS EXTRANJEROS A LA PROVINCIA

DE GALÁPAGOS (paso a paso)

1. El turista realiza la reserva de los servicios turísticos en su país de origen, que podrá
consistir en:
– Servicios turísticos contratados a través de un operador turístico que cuente con
registro de turismo en Ecuador.

LINEAMIENTOS PARA EL INGRESO DE TURISTAS A LA PROVINCIA DE GALÁPAGOS
PRESENTADOS POR EL CONSEJO DE GOBIERNO DEL RÉGIMEN ESPECIAL DE GALÁPAGOS,

MINISTERIO DE TURISMO Y MINISTERIO DE SALUD PÚBLICA.

Alojamiento contratado de forma directa con establecimientos del Ecuador continental
y de la provincia de Galápagos, que cuenten con registro de turismo.
El turista deberá contar con el salvoconducto emitido por el operador turístico o por el
establecimiento de alojamiento turístico de Galápagos que le prestará los servicios en dicha
provincia.
3. Para entrar al Ecuador, el turista debe contar con una prueba RT-PCR con resultado
negativo, realizada en su país de origen hasta 7 días antes de su arribo al Ecuador.
4. En caso de haber contratado los servicios previamente y obtener resultado positivo en la
prueba RT-PCR, el turista podrá cambiar de fecha o cancelar su viaje conforme a las
condiciones del prestador de servicios turísticos
5. Al arribo al aeropuerto de Quito o Guayaquil el turista presentará el resultado negativo de la
prueba RT-PCR al funcionario del Ministerio de Salud Pública en el aeropuerto.
6. En el control del Ministerio de Salud en el aeropuerto de arribo, el turista deberá realizarse
una nueva prueba RT-PCR, a su costo.
7. Todo turista deberá llenar el Formulario de Declaración de Salud del Viajero con el fin de
identificar el lugar de su permanencia en Ecuador continental y en Galápagos. Este
documento deberá ser llenado al arribar al país.
8. Una vez realizados los controles de salud (toma de muestra para RT-PCR, control de
síntomas y signos), migración y aduana, el turista podrá trasladarse al establecimiento de
el resultado de la prueba realizada.
9. El alojamiento en Ecuador continental deberá realizarse en establecimientos ubicados en los
centros urbanos de arribo o en localidades en zonas rurales que se encuentren en semáforo
amarillo o verde.
10. En el caso de resultado de la prueba RT-PCR negativo, el turista podrá continuar con el
plan de viaje de acuerdo con los requisitos generales y el procedimiento de viaje para el
ingreso de turistas a Galápagos.
11. Si el turista ha resultado ser positivo para COVID 19 en la prueba realizada a su arribo al
país, deberá cumplir con el aislamiento obligatorio establecido en la normativa aprobada
por el Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional.

PROCEDIMIENTOS ESPECÍFICOS PARA OPERADORES DE TURISMO
Los operadores turísticos forman parte del Programa Voluntario de Monitorización de la
Implementación del Protocolo para Covid-19 en Galápagos. Los lineamientos que deben seguir los
operadores y guías de turismo en la provincia de Galápagos son los siguientes:
1. Mantenerse informados a través de fuentes oficiales respecto a los lineamientos emitidos
por el COE Nacional y el Ministerio de Salud Pública en el contexto de la emergencia
sanitaria.
alojamiento previamente contratado para una estadía de al menos 48 horas o hasta contar con

LINEAMIENTOS PARA EL INGRESO DE TURISTAS A LA PROVINCIA DE GALÁPAGOS
PRESENTADOS POR EL CONSEJO DE GOBIERNO DEL RÉGIMEN ESPECIAL DE GALÁPAGOS,

MINISTERIO DE TURISMO Y MINISTERIO DE SALUD PÚBLICA.

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2. Evitar el saludo con contacto físico, incluido el dar la mano, tanto a otros guías de turismo,
a proveedores, así como a visitantes. Se debe respetar la distancia de seguridad siempre que
sea posible de mínimo 2 metros.
3. Si el guía de turismo experimenta cualquier síntoma de la enfermedad, aún con carácter
leve, debe abstenerse de prestar el servicio.
4. Llevar puesta la mascarilla (o pantalla protectora) siempre, a excepción en actividades
acuáticas o para la alimentación.
5. Informar permanentemente a los turistas sobre el uso obligatorio de la mascarilla.
6. Explicar la técnica para desechar la mascarilla de acuerdo a las instrucciones del fabricante
y su vida útil. En los casos en los que se utilice pantalla protectora o mascarilla reutilizable,
deberá desinfectarse adecuadamente tras cada uso.
7. Tirar cualquier desecho de higiene personal –especialmente, los pañuelos desechables-, de
forma inmediata a las papeleras o contenedores habilitados.
8. Recomendar a los turistas el uso de equipos de protección personal no desechable.
9. Lavarse frecuentemente las manos con agua y jabón, o, si no existe esa posibilidad, utilizar
una solución desinfectante como alcohol gel al 70%. Esto es especialmente importante
después de toser o estornudar y después de tocar superficies potencialmente contaminadas
(pomos, barandillas, etc.)
10. Desinfectar frecuentemente los objetos de uso personal con agua y jabón y, si no es posible,
con una solución desinfectante, de acuerdo a las recomendaciones del fabricante. Para la
desinfección de equipos de trabajo electrónicos procede utilizar productos desinfectantes
aplicados con un paño, o toallitas desinfectantes.
11. Evitar, en la medida de lo posible, compartir equipos de trabajo o dispositivos con otros
guías de turismo o con los turistas. En caso de que exista alternancia en el uso de
determinados equipos o dispositivos (walkies, radio guías, teléfonos, paraguas, etc.), el guía
de turismo debe establecer pautas enfocadas a la limpieza y desinfección, y en caso
contrario, en el uso de equipo de protección personal para la reducción del riesgo de
contagio.
12. El guía de turismo debe instar a los turistas a cumplir con las medidas que se desprendan de
los LINEAMIENTOS PARA EL INGRESO DE TURISTAS A LA PROVINCIA DE
GALÁPAGOS – CORREDOR TURÍSTICO SEGURO PARA LAS ISLAS
GALÁPAGOS.
13. El administrador del establecimiento de alojamiento o el capitán de la embarcación deberá
llevar una bitácora de turistas con la vigilancia diaria de síntomas y signos relacionados a
Covid-19. El instrumento será provisto por el Ministerio de Salud Pública.
14. Respecto al número de pasajeros en las embarcaciones podrán operar al 100% de su
capacidad. No obstante, se observará el aforo permitido por el COE Provincial de
Galápagos para el desarrollo de las actividades comunes, como el servicio de comida,
charlas, desembarcos, entre otros.
15. Respecto al número de pasajeros en los camarotes de embarcaciones turísticas con
pernoctación, no podrán estar ocupados por más de 1 persona excepto en el caso de
pertenecer al mismo núcleo familiar o grupo social.

LINEAMIENTOS PARA EL INGRESO DE TURISTAS A LA PROVINCIA DE GALÁPAGOS
PRESENTADOS POR EL CONSEJO DE GOBIERNO DEL RÉGIMEN ESPECIAL DE GALÁPAGOS,

MINISTERIO DE TURISMO Y MINISTERIO DE SALUD PÚBLICA.

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16. Desinfección de chalecos salvavidas deberá realizarse antes y después de cada uso, con una
dilución de hipoclorito con 3 cucharadas por cada litro de agua.
17. Desinfección de dispositivos para deportes acuáticos y terrestres deberá realizarse antes y
después de su uso, con una dilución de hipoclorito con 3 cucharadas por cada litro de agua.
18. Recomendar el uso de equipos personales para las actividades acuáticas (equipos de
snorkeling y/o buceo).
19. La ubicación de turistas en los restaurantes en las Islas y en las embarcaciones deberá
garantizarse en áreas ventiladas, de preferencia en exteriores. Evitar más de una familia por
mesa.
20. Para lo no previsto en los presentes lineamientos se deberá aplicar los protocolos de
bioseguridad aprobados por el COE Nacional.

Galapagos National Park Rules:

  1. Because of its unique nature, the plants, animals and rocks should stay on site so that there is no change. Nothing must be taken away from the islands, except photos.
  2. Please avoid the introduction of foreign organisms such as animals, seeds, plants and insects as they cause serious problems.
  3. Galápagos animals should not be touched or petted for your safety and because they can quickly loose their tameness and change their behaviour.
  4. The endemic and native fauna of Galápagos has its natural form for feeding. Therefore, do not give them any type of food because it could harm them.
  5. The Galápagos marine birds leave their nests if you disturb or follow them. They will let their eggs or chicks alone on the ground or leave them exposed to the sun. Therefore you may watch the birds at a distance of no less than two meters.
  6. Visitors’ sites at the Galápagos National Park are marked to guarantee your safety. You cannot leave the paths.
  7. Garbage of any type interferes with natural processes and takes away the enchantment of the unique island scenery. Do not dispose garbage at visitors’ sites, in the ocean or near the islands.
  8. Please avoid purchasing souvenirs made of flora and fauna of the islands, like black coral, marine tortoise shells, sea lion teeth, or shells. This goes against the principles of conservation.
  9. Writing names and phrases of any type on rocks, walls, etc. is a sign of bad manners and rudeness and damages the scenery.
  10. Fire or smoking within Park areas is not allowed as a fire could start with a match or a cigarette that is not put out completely, and can cause uncontrollable bushfires, death and destruction.
  11. Fishing on board of tourist ships is not permitted. Please collaborate with the National Park Service by reporting any transgression to the management of the Galápagos National Park.
  12. If you want to camp in the authorized sites or do comercial filming, you have to request a permit from the Galápagos Nacional Park Director. Please contact us at any of our technical offices located in the inhabited islands (San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana).
  13. If any kind of danger puts on risk the visitor’s safety and that of the National Park, please inform about it to a Park Ranger, Police authorities, Ecuadorian Navy, Air Force or any Municipal Authority.
  14. Don’t be embarrassed to show your conservationist attitude. Explain to others the rules of Galápagos National Park and make them follow them.

 

 

 

Galapagos Seasons

Warm Season

The time period between December and May is considered the “warm season”. During this warmer season, the Galapagos’ climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling.

During this season tourist may observe a big amount of species around the islands or the sea such as: marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, blue-footed boobies, etc. Due to the water conditions snorkeling is the recommended activity during these months.

Dry Season

From June to December the southern trade winds bring the colder Humbolt current north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. In effect, the highlands of the larger islands are kept green and lush, while the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation.

Thus, June to December is generally called the “dry season” known for its blue skies and mid-day showers.

During this season tourist may observe a big amount of species around the islands or the sea such as: giant tortoises, Humpback whales, blue- footed boobies, cormorants, oystercatchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, penguins, etc. Due to the water temperature it is the perfect time for diving.

Diving in Galapagos

The Humboldt Current’s influence brings cold waters especially during the mist rainy season (cool weather) from July to December. “El Niño” current may bring warm waters to the Galapagos and will make the surface warmer and rainfall increase (January to June).

The water temperature varies during the year:

January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C)

July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

 

Galapagos travel tips

LUGGAGE

No more than 20 Kgs. (44 pounds) of luggage (one suitcase) may be checked on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands. Additional luggage may be stored at your hotel.

These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases. Currently there are “no international Airlines” that fly directly to the Galapagos Islands.

You must fly to Ecuador first, either to Quito or Guayaquil and from here take a national flight to the Islands. Find Cheap Galapagos Islands Flights here

CLOTHES TO TAKE

For your Galapagos vacations, clothing ranges from informal to very informal.

Essentials Include: proper footwear, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunblock (SPF 30), sunglasses and lots of film.

SHOES

Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles must be worn. For easy walks like on gravel or sand terrain Tevas or aqua socks are suggested.

SUNBURN

Because the country is located right on the equator, sun rays are direct.

Fair-skinned persons should use sun protection at high altitudes and seashore at all times, even if the weather is cloudy, as UV rays penetrate light clouds.

I strongly recommend sun block with SPF30 or higher.

PASSPORTS

Guests must travel to the Galapagos with their passports.

Names and passport numbers must be delivered one month prior to arrival.

GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK ADMISSION FEE

In your Galapagos vacations US$100 per person must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos (rate is subject to change without notice) to be able to enter to this national park.

See a Gallery of Stunning Galapagos Pictures

ELECTRIC CURRENT

110/AC. Electric shavers and hair dryers can be accommodated.

LOCAL TIME

GMT minus 6 hours in the Galapagos Islands. GMT minus 5 hours on mainland Ecuador.

PURCHASES ON BOARD

When planning your Galapagos vacations is good to know that… US dollars or traveler checks may be used on most of the cruise ships in the Islands.

Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are also accepted specially aboard Santa Cruz Ship or Isabela II deluxe yacht and the all new Yacht la Pinta

SAFETY

All safety and fire prevention measures have been implemented on most of the vessels cruising the Islands, for a comfortable and secure Galapagos vacations. MT ships are all ISMC compliant.

See our Recommended Galapagos Land Tours

MEALS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on every ship cruising the Galapagos. Wine, beer and soft drinks are extra. Bottled water is supplied in each cabin free of charge.

PACKING CHECKLIST

Small backpack (waterproof)

Comfortable walking shoes

Sneakers or rubber soles

Shorts

Trousers

T-shirts

Long and Short sleeved shirts

Windbreaker

Bathing suit

Wet suit (for snorkeling between June – November)

Socks

Underwear

Hat or cap

Toilette kit

Biodegradable shampoo please

Sun block

Sunglasses

Binoculars

Camera & camcorder

Any medicine you may be taking

My Favorite book About the Galapagos Islands:” Galapagos: A Natural History by Michael Jackson. ”

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