A trip to the Galapagos Islands seems to be the one you do once in your life.
It’s far away and intense, it is a magic trip into the hearth of the Pacific Ocean where you will have the chance to swim with sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays, pinguins, and you will also walk close to Magnificent Birds, Blue footed boobies, or red or masked, you will get really close to land iguanas and the world famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
It’s the perfect trip for everybody, children included that will definitely enjoy eating an ice cream close to the sea lions in San Cristobal island!
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On this page you can find more information about the trip to Galapagos and the frequently asked questions (F.A.Q)
How can I get to the Galapagos Islands?
The only way to get to the Galapagos Islands, unless you have your own sailing boat, is flying.
The airlines companies that cover the route Quito-Galapagos Is or Guayaquil-Galapagos Is are: Tame, Aerogal and LAN.
The cost for toursits is about 450/500$ per person round trip.
Cruise or islands hopping?
It depends on what you want and what you expect from this trip. There isn’t a better way to visit the islands, it is certainly a different way to discover the archipelago.
The pros of the cruise is that you can reach some of the islands that otherwise you wouln’t be able to visit, like Espanola, Genovesa or Fernandina.
On the other hand the pro of an Islands hopping is the total customization and the ability to vary the sights, then more flexibility.
Of course the final costs are slightly different and the cruise would cost you more, but remember that a trip to Galapagos is an intense and dreamy trip, choose thinking about the experience you want to live once you get here.
Do I have to pay the entrance to the National Park?
Yes you have to, and it costs $ 100 per person, included children.
Also, the $100 must be paid in cash when you go through the passport control.
Do I have to book in advance for traveling to the Galapagos?
It is highly recommended. You can actually come here and trying to organize your own tour but, mainly during the high season, won’t be easy to find boats availables.
The Galapagos Islands are a protected National Park, this means that most of the archipelago can’t be visited independently but it’s required to have a guide and take part in tours authorized by the Park itself.
Also places on the boats are limited, there are only a few boats that can sail in those waters, therefore once that all seats are sold you won’t be able to get alternative yachts.
On why these limitations, the answer is simple.
In 2007, the islands have experienced a black moment in their history, precisely because of unregulated tourism. The flora and fauna were going to die and was required a urgent and quick measures, included make it complicated, and expensive (right!), to travel.
How early should I book for a trip to the Galapagos Islands?
The sooner the better!
At least three months before your arrival would be fair but 6 months would be enough to find still seats.
What is the best time to visit the Galapagos?
This is a question I am often asked, and that I find difficult to answer, for a simple reason, the islands are ideal 12 months a year. But the seasons are still two: dry and wet.
The wet season goes from December to May, the dry one from June to November.
Both have their pros, in fact, if during the dry season the sky is often overcast, temperatures are around 25 degrees, and to get into the water you put the suit on the other hand, these conditions are ideal for observing marine marine life, thanks to the currents and the cold water that allow the animals to swim more high.
The wet season, on the other hand, presents a bit of drowsiness from this point of view but the sky is more often blue and the sun shines almost all the time.
A good compromise between the two seasons could be april.
This month marks the end of the hot season and at the same time the water begins to warm up, but still you swim without a wetsuit.
How to choose the right route? And how much does a trip to the Galapagos cost?
If you want to travel in a cruise itineraries are always the same: South, North and West
The itinerary South covers the following islands: San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Espanola and Floreana.
The itinerary North covers the following islands: Santiago, Bartolome, Rabid, North Seymour and Genovesa
The itinerary West covers the following islands: Isabela and Fernandina
The cost of the cruise obviously depends on the type of boat, economic or luxury. For more informations write us an email explaining number of people and needs and we will be happy to find the right cruise for you! Click here for cruise enquiry.
For the islands hopping things change, the plans are customizable, but in principle a serious and well done itinerary should cover as many uninhabited islands and you have to make sure you will get a complete view (the longer you stay the more you see, of course) of animals.
The price in this case depends on the number of islands you visit, the hotel category and other special needs, for example if you scuba dive or not.
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What currency are the Galapagos? Better to change the euro?
The Ecuadorian currency and then the Galapagos is the US dollar.
We don’t recommend to change money in the islands, the exchange rate isn’t really good. If you need to cash out Puerto Ayora (Santa cruz Island) and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) offer several banks and cashing machine.
*** In Isabela Island there are no ATM nor banks.
What to pack for a trip to the Galapagos?
We are on the equator so the temperature never falls below 20 degrees. A sweater for the evening is always good to have but here in the islands is never cold!
Here is a check list of things to bring:
- Mask and fins (especially if you are going to quite a long time so you avoid the rental)
- Beach towel
- Flip Flops
- Walking shoes
- Sunscreen (put even if the sky is overcast, because the sun beats equal)
- Comfortable pants for walking
- Adapter with power america (the two right arms parallel to understand)
- Pills for seasickness
- For the rest know that Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Puerto Villamil are inhabited towns where you can find everything, so do not worry, there’s wifi, there are shops and supermarkets.