Frequently asked questions
• Entry Requirements
U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport, no visas or inoculation are required. Visitors from other countries should consult an Ecuadorian Consulate.
• Air Transportation
American Airlines and Lan Ecuador offers service from Miami and New York to Quito and Guayaquil. TAME Airlines serves the island of San Cristobal, Galapagos and Baltra Island. Both flights originate in Quito and Guayaquil. There is a 40 pound (1 bag) baggage allowance on Galapagos flights
• Galapagos National Park Tax
To be paid upon arrival in Galapagos ($ 100 USD) per person
• Ingala Tax (TCT Tourist card)
To be paid upon arrival in Galapagos ($ 10 USD) per person
• Cruise rate includes
Accommodations aboard, all meals, island sightseeing and lectures by naturalist guide, round trip transfers between airport and yacht. Incidentals to be paid at the end of each cruise with either cash or travelers checks.
• What to pack
Life aboard the yachts is very informal. Casual, comfortable clothing is a must! Bring shorts, bathing suits, preferably cotton shirts, 2 pairs of good rubber-soled walking shoes, windbreaker jacket, wide brimmed hat and a back-pack to carry camera, film (plenty!), sun glasses and sun-screen.
• On board
The normal daily schedule consist of a shore excursion right after breakfast, return aboard for lunch and perhaps a "siesta" before the afternoon shore excursion. After dinner your naturalist guide will brief you on the islands to be visited the following day.
• On shore
You are ferried from the yacht to shore via small boats called "Pangas". Landings are either "dry" or "wet", where you might have to wade ashore in shallow water. At all times you are accompanied by your naturalist guide. The terrain is often rough and passengers should be good physical condition.
May be subject to change due to weather conditions or National Park Directives. The captain may deviate from the published itinerary for any reason he deems advisable. Galasam reserves the right to change passengers from one yacht to another of equal category.
Tipping is at the discretion of the passenger. A "tip box" is provided for the general crew. Guides are tipped separately.
Located on the equator, the Galapagos climate is tempered by the Humbolt Current, so you do not experience extreme heat. The warmest weather is December to June, when temperatures range from 72 to 90 degrees, while the water temperature is in the mid 70 degrees. July to November is cooler, ranging from mid 60's to 75 degrees. The average water temperature rarely reaches 70 degrees.