A valid Passport with at least 6 months of validity after your date of entry is required by Local Ecuadorean Immigration Authorities. In any case we always suggest our clients to contact the nearest Consulate of Ecuador to verify Visa requirements
We suggest our passengers to purchase a Travel Insurance locally before leaving home just to be on the safe side to cover any unexpected issues that may arise to anyone while travelling. As a new entry requirement to Ecuador and Galapagos all visitors are requested to have a Medical Insurance to cover the entire lenght of their stay .
The local currency in Ecuador is US $ dollar, people are reluctant to take big denomination bills, so try bringing $ 20’s or smaller. Plenty of ATM machines all over the place in Quito and Guayaquil not so much in provinces and none in Galapagos except one in Puerto Ayora (Banco del Pacifico)
For Galapagos have your passport with you and pay $ 100 upon arrival in cash only.
Baggage allowance for flights to Galapagos is 20Kgs per person, Your luggage will be checked throughly before boarding flight to Galapagos to prevent bringing agricultural products into the Islands.will be checked
Please note that the Galapagos Islands are located at -6GMT, this is one hour behind Ecuadors continental time (-5GMT)
Casual attire is the way to go in the Galapagos, so you mostly will need summer like clothes such as t shirts, shortpants. , a good pair of hiking shoes, sandals or waterproof shoes, a good hat or cap and plenty of suntan lotion to protect your skin from the strong ecuadorean sunshine. Since islands are of volcanic origin you will be stepping on lava most of the time while doing the excursions so a strong pair of shoes (sneakers will be fine) is needed.
For Quito and the Highlands, you must wear clothes like in the autumn or spring in Europe. Days are sunny and windy and nights are cool and foggy sometimes. We are some heavy rains in Quito on these days.
Tipping is a very personal optional matter At the end of the cruise you will get two envelopes one for the guide and one for the rest of crew. Guides get an average of in between $5 – $10 per day per passenger and crew get an average of $10 per day per passenger. Guide gets tipped separately, as he spends most of the time with you at excursions, rest of the crew/staff will share tips among themselves
We look forward to welcoming you to our country and wish you a happy cruise in the Galapagos !