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These are a few of the answers to most of our clients questions and concerns when traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

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FAQ’s

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands or (Archipielago de Colon) is a province of Ecuador, located 600 miles (1000 km) west of the Ecuadorian continent on the Pacific Ocean. They lie directly on the Equator.

Where is Ecuador?

Ecuador is located in South America, its limits are: to the North with Colombia, East-south with Peru, an West the Pacific Ocean.

How do we get there?

From North America and Europe there are daily flights to Quito and Guayaquil. We highly recommend LAN - ECUADOR, part of LAN - CHILE airlines from Europe (Madrid) and from United States (New York and Miami)

How do we get to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil?

TAME and Aerogal, as domestic airlines have daily flights from Quito and Guayaquil to Baltra and San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.

How many kilos of luggage can I bring to the Galapagos Islands?

You can only check 20 kilos of luggage per person on board the flight to the Galapagos Islands. Notice that you can always leave some extra luggage at the hotel you are staying or at our office.

When do we have to pay?

As soon as you decide to confirm your trip, a 20% deposit is required, and the balance is due 60 days prior departure.

What form of payment do you accept?

Payment may be made by international money order or bank deposit in our account in United States.

What level of guides will we have in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands?

We work with Tour Guides authorized and licensed by the Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism, with many years of experience in cultural and adventure activities. And Naturalist highly experienced Tour Guides trained by the Ecuador’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Charles Darwin Station for the Galapagos Islands. They are all fluent in English ( and sometimes other languages).

Do we have to exchange any money before we travel to Ecuador or once in the Country?

Not if you have US dollars. Ecuador has adopted US dollars as its official currency since 1999.

What should we bring to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands?

  • Bags / Totes
  • One small day pack
  • Casual attire for dining
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts and T-shirts
  • Fats drying slacks
  • Shorts
  • Wind breaker
  • Sweater for cooler months
  • Hat with a brim
  • Bathing suits
  • Walking shoes
  • Thongs or Tevas

Equipment

  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Extra eye glasses / contact lenses
  • Sun block lotion ( at least protection 15)
  • Insect repellent
  • Wetsuit (just for serious snorkeling, not needed from Dec to Jun)
  • Grooming kit
  • Personal medication
  • Self-sealing plastic bag for electronic equipment
  • Small notebook and pencil
  • Sewing kit
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Camera gear

 

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